A Page -- May 15, 2012 -- AM Edition

Oberlin Track and Field Athletes Compete at 

Gator Invitational

Meadville, Pa. – The Oberlin College Track and Field teams sent a small contingent of athletes to Allegheny College to compete in the 6th Annual Gator Invitational today.

The Oberlin squads sent fewer than a dozen athletes to today’s meet in hopes of bettering their performances from earlier in the season looking for an NCAA qualifying time or mark. 

The Yeowomen’s 4x400 meter relay unit highlighted the days action by rounding the track 2 seconds faster than a week ago on the same track during the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.  The foursome was led by Katrina Gelwick who gave the baton to Sophia Brancazio followed by Amanda Gracia and Marissa Clardy crossed the line in 3:56.58 good enough for third place tonight.  The Yeowomen’s effort was just 0.41 seconds shy of the school record established a season ago at this same meet.

In the men's 3000 meter steeplechase #Daniel Johnson finished second clocking 9:44.48.  Alex Gou touched down at 44-00.50 feet in the triple jump taking 5th for the Yeomen.

Members of Oberlin teams will spend three days at the North Central Last Chance Invitational next week trying to produce automatic or provisional qualifying marks for the NCAA Championships held 24-26 in Claremont, Calif.

Six Baldwin-Wallace Baseball Players Named 

All-Ohio Athletic Conference

BEREA, OHIO -- Six Baldwin-Wallace College baseball players have been named to the 2012 All-Ohio Athletic Conference team.  The six are first-team selections in junior righthanded pitcher Pat Havens (Twinsburg) and freshman designated hitter Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) and second-team choices in junior leftfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Joseph’s Collegiate), freshman first baseman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/ North), junior second baseman Jay Yost (Bascom/ Hopewell-Loudon) and senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls). The six helped the Yellow Jackets set a school record with 27 victories and compile a 27-13 overall record.

Havens was the ace of the staff and compiled a 7-1 record with a 2.25 earned run average and struck out 63 batters in 52 innings pitched. He started nine games, completed three, had one individual shutout and combined for two others. Opponents batted just .226 against him this season. For his career, Havens has a 12-6 record. In 27 appearances, including 19 starts, he has five complete games, two individual and five total shutouts and has struck out 102 batters in 117 and two-third innings pitched.

Ferster had a strong first season of collegiate baseball. He played in 40 games and started 36 and batted .344 (42-for-122) with 24 runs scored, four doubles, four triples, two homeruns, 30 runs batted-in and nine stolen bases in 12 attempts. He also had a .492 slugging and .436 on-base average.

Toughey played in and started all 40 games, was second on the team with a .377 batting average (57-for-151) and doubles (10), set a school single-season record with runs scored (53), led the team in base hits (57), walks drawn (21), stolen bases (23-for-23) and on-base average (.458). For his career, Toughey is hitting .326 (95-for-291) with 87 runs scored, 18 doubles, two triples, a homerun, 37 RBI and is a perfect 34-for-34 in stolen base attempts.

Chontos also had a strong first season as a Yellow Jacket as he played in and started all 40 contests. He batted .353 (54-for-153) with team-leading totals of 14 doubles, four homers, 37 RBI and a .526 slugging average. He also scored 42 runs and had one triple and stole six bases in seven attempts. Chontos also had a .425 on-base average.

Yost played in and started 38 games this season. He led the team in bating average at .381 (53-for-139) and had 38 runs scored, 11 doubles, one homer, 26 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Yost also had a .482 slugging and .449 on-base average and led the team being hit-by-pitch 12 times. For his career, he is batting .320 (77-for-241) with 55 runs scored, 17 doubles, two homers, 38 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

Longhitano played in all 40 games, started 39 and had his third straight solid season as a starter. He was third in batting average at .361 (56-for-155), scored 33 runs, had six doubles, one homer and 27 RBI and was second with 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts. He also had a .419 slugging and .409 on-base average, a strong .948 fielding average and only struck out eight times in 172 plate appearances (once every 21.5 at-bats). For his career, Longhitano played in 122 games, including 111 starts, had a .307 batting average (118-for-384) with 83 runs scored, 12 doubles, one triple, one homer, 55 RBI and 19 steals.

Professors Win "Prof-Am"

Oberlin, Ohio – On the first Saturday of May, members of the Oberlin College golf team played against select members of the Oberlin College faculty and staff in the annual “Prof-AM” Tournament.

The format was a challenging one that required the competitors to play six holes as a scramble, six holes of alternate shot and six holes of best ball. The constant change made it difficult for the players to maintain a rhythm. Regardless, some solid golf was on display by both teams. The day saw the best matches since the inception of the Prof-Am with two matches being decided on the 18th hole, but ultimately the Professors came away with a 3-0 win.

Jordan Sutter & Jeff Witmer partnered to compete against Charlie Landsman & Assistant Golf Coach Joe Miller
The A team of Sutter & Witmer did not disappoint Captain Robert Thompson as they were able to earn a full point with a 2-up win versus the team of Landsman and Miller representing the college team. Landsman wraps up his college golf career having played several solid shots throughout the match including a solo birdie on No. 3. The match was extended on hole 17 when Miller parred the hole heading to 18 1 down. Witmer sealed the deal on 18 when he drained a 10-foot downhill putt to earn the point. Throughout the day, the iron play of Sutter and great putting from Wittmer were solid allowing the tandem to shoot in the 70's, an impressive score considering the format.

Robert Thompson & Roland Baumann vs. Nathan Gonzales & Zachary Boozer
This match seemed to be a seesaw battle throughout as the momentum of the match turned on a dime several times. Gonzales and Boozer battled and had opportunities despite the Profs having posted two birdies in the round. The match may have turned on No. 15 when a good shot from the college paring came up just short beforeThompson turned the knife by draining a slippery left-to-right breaker. The Thompson-Baumann team took the 1-up lead into 18 where they held on for the win and earned a full point for the professors.

Bill Barlow & Mitch Gillam vs Cristopher Stott & Zachary Mathes
Some solid scramble play by the Barlow-Gillam team and a hot-putting Bill Barlow was turned back time and time again by the great short game play and putting of Stott and Mathes. Despite an incredible second shot by Stott on No. 6 Barlow-Gillam tapped in for par and a 1up lead heading to he alternate shot portion of the round. Some erratic alternate shot play by both teams had the match all-square through 9 holes. A win on No. 11 matched by a great drive by Barlow and solid approach shot by Gillam allowed the twosome to go 2-up after 12. The next three holes were halved and when a tap in par was conceded on 16 the Barlow-Gillam team had a 3 & 2 win.

This event concluded the season for the Oberlin golf team.
Copley, Solon, US only area schools ranked in state tennis poll; Westlake left off despite sending six of seven to districts
This is Week #4 of the poll conducted by the members of the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association. First place votes are in parenthesis.

Division I
1. Springboro (9) 105
2. Upper Arlington (1) 95
3. Mason (2) 94
4. Cinti Sycamore 76
5. Toledo St. John Jesuit 68
6. Cinti St. Xavier 67
7. New Albany 47
8. Solon 21
9. Dublin Coffman 15
10. Copley 13

1.Cinti Country Day (7) 79
2. University School (1) 66
3. Bexley 60
4. Gahanna Columbus Academy 53
5. Cinti Seven Hills 46
6. Lexington 42
7. Cinti Hills Christian 33
8. Cinti Indian Hills 32
9. Cinti Wyoming 16
10. Lima Shawnee 9

Five Mount Union Sophomores Earn All-OAC Baseball Honores; Three First Team Selections Most Since 1999

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union had three first team and two honorable mention selections on the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Teams as picked by the conference's 10 head coaches.

All five selections were sophomores and the three first teamers -- Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone), Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) -- are the most for Mount Union since 1999 (Ty Moorhead, John Stack, Chris Tucker).

Mathis started 40 games in right field and was the conference batting champion as he led the OAC in batting average (.450), hits (67) and runs batted in (56). He led the team with 14 stolen bases and had just 10 strikeouts in 149 at-bats.

Carlino, made the all-conference first team as a utility player, started 40 games and played first base, third base, designated hitter and pitcher. On the mound, he had a 6-2 record with a 3.59 earned run average with two complete games, a save and 29 strikeouts. He pitched regular season victories against #1 Marietta, Heidelberg and John Carroll -- each of the teams that made the OAC Tournament. At the plate, he hit .306 with five doubles and was third on the team with 27 RBI. Carlino was an All-OAC honorable mention selection at first base a year ago.

Murzynski matched the conference lead for pitching victories with nine as he went 9-2 with a save and a team-best 3.03 ERA in 68.1 innings pitched with 29 strikeouts. He got the win on the mound against John Carroll in the OAC Tournament which was the Purple Raiders first post-season victories since 2002.

Two other sophomores in outfielder Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) and shortstop Lee Grosscup(Green/Green) were both honorable mention selections.

Olasz played in 41 games and was second on the team in batting average and had a team-best eight outfield assists.

Grosscup set a new school single-season record by starting all 43 games this season. He was third on the team in hitting with a .324 batting average and led the team with 11 doubles and 15 extra base hits.

The five players were part of a team that set a school record for wins going 28-15 overall and their second place finish in the OAC was the best regular season finish in the conference since 1993.

Seven Student Princes Named All-OAC Baseball

TIFFIN, Ohio-Senior right fielder Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) headlines a
group of seven Student Princes representing Heidelberg University on the
2012 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Team, announced today by the
league office.  Lizcano earned first-team honors for the third straight
season, senior left fielder Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood), senior
right-handed pitcher Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview) and freshman
righty Ryan Minteer (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) were named to the second
team, and junior catcher Jordan Martin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty), freshman
first baseman Eric Monroe (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and senior center fielder
Elvin Williams (Euclid) garnered honorable mention.

The Berg's seven representatives rank second among league teams, behind only
defending NCAA champion and two-time defending OAC champion Marietta

Lizcano, who was the 2010 OAC Player of the Year as a sophomore, was the
only Student Prince to play in and start all 44 games and hit .346 with a
league-leading eight home runs and team-highs of 48 runs batted-in and 39
runs scored to go with an OAC-best .635 slugging percentage while splitting
time between shortstop and right field.  He ended his career as one of the
most decorated players in the Heidelberg baseball program, having set
several single-season records in 2010, and setting new school career marks
for home runs (34), walks (111), total bases (435) and slugging percentage
(.683), while tying for the career record with 16 triples, and finishing as
a .394 career hitter.

Pruitt made the transition from the pitching staff in his three previous
seasons to being an everyday player this year and went on to hit .358 with
38 RBI, tied Lizcano for the team lead with 39 runs scored, and was second
on the team with 13 doubles.  He recorded a team-high 20 multi-hit games in
40 games played, including seven outings with three or more safeties.
Pruitt also made four appearances on the mound early in the season.

Brannum set career-highs in several categories, including wins (seven),
appearances (23), innings pitched (46.1) and strikeouts (38), and ranked
among the OAC leaders in all four categories, while recording an earned run
average of 4.66.  Brannum was the only pitcher on the staff with more than
10 appearances not to suffer a loss.

In his first season as a collegian, Minteer went 4-3 in 12 appearances,
including nine starts, and tied for second on the team with 36 strikeouts
over 60.0 innings pitched, which also ranks second.  He earned his first
career win on March 16 in a 6-5 edging of Manchester (Ind.) College and
hurled three complete games, including his first career shutout on April 11
at Ohio Northern University.

Martin backed up a Gold Glove campaign behind the plate as a sophomore in
2011 with a team-high .990 fielding percentage and just two errors in 193
chances, while catching 14 of 48 base runners trying to steal (29.2
percent).  After hitting just .194 last season, Martin upped his average to
.263 this season with 13 RBI, 13 runs and two doubles, and led the team with
nine sacrifices.

Monroe led the team in hitting as a freshman at a .368 clip with 28 RBI, two
homers, eight doubles and 26 runs scored.  In last weekend's OAC tournament,
Monroe batted .500 (9-for-18) with three doubles, a RBI and five runs scored
en route to all-tournament honors.

Williams batted .299 with five doubles, three triples, 26 RBI and 29 runs
scored.  He led the squad with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts, was second on
the team with 23 walks, and recorded a career-high 11-game hitting streak
earlier this season.  Williams fielded .982 and led the outfield with 103
putouts and six assists, and batted .400 (6-for-15) with seven RBI and two
runs scored and hit both of his home runs of the season in the OAC
tournament and also garnered all-tournament accolades.

Heidelberg finished the 2012 campaign 27-17 overall and 11-7 in the OAC to
earn the No. 3 seed in the tournament, where it advanced to the championship
game for the fifth straight season, but fell to Marietta, 4-3, after
mounting a ninth-inning rally.