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Viking Report

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After facing Akron, the baseball team will travel to Indianapolis for a three-game series with Butler to end the season.  With a 5-17 league record, CSU is in seventh place in the Horizon League and has been eliminated from qualifying for the 2010 Horizon League Championship, which will be played next week in Gary, Ind.

The only other sports that were in action after graduation on Saturday (May 15) both came to a close over the weekend.  The men's tennis team dropped an opening round match to Kentucky in the NCAA Championship while the softball team finished second in the Horizon League Championship, ended a record-setting year with 44 victories.

Baseball Closes Season At Butler
Vikings To Akron For Home Finale On Tuesday

The Vikings will close out the regular season with a three-game series at Butler this weekend, with a single game at 3:00 p.m. on Friday (May 21) and a 12:00 noon doubleheader on Saturday (May 22). Prior to the Butler series the Vikings will host the Akron Zips in their final home contest on Tuesday (May 18) at 4:00 p.m. at All Pro Freight Stadium.

"Going into last weekend we knew that we had to win at least one game to stay in the league tournament race, and we were close in the second game at Wright State but we just weren't able to close out any of the four games," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "Our pitching has been the downfall this season and is something that we will concentrate on going into the last week of regular season play and hope to finish on a strong note at Butler."

CSU struggled last weekend, dropping a pair of crucial doubleheaders at Wright State (2-6 and 9-10) and UIC (1-9, 7-20) falling to 12-39 overall this season. Going into the weekend series at Butler, CSU is 5-17 in league action and seventh in the HL standings, three games behind the Bulldogs with only the top six teams making the Horizon League tournament (May 25-29).
Tyler Wynn

Tyler Wynn had a pair of home runs at Wright State on Saturday, giving him a team-high tying 11 for the year, which also ranks him second in the Horizon League standings. Kyle Shaffer recorded his second grand slam of the season against the Raiders, posting a bases loaded homer to right center in the top of the seventh in game two and now has 10 home runs on the season.

Softball Season Comes To An End After Dropping Title Game
Vikings End Year With A School-Record 44 Wins

In the end, a school-record 44 wins proved to be one short of what the Vikings needed to repeat as Horizon League Tournament champions and earn a spot in the NCAA Championship for the second straight year as CSU dropped a pair of games to Wright State on Saturday, 8-3 and 6-3, to finish second in the Horizon League Championship for the fifth time in eight years.

The losses ended the Vikings' season with a 44-15 record, including a record-setting 22-2 mark in Horizon League play that allowed CSU to win its second regular season title in three years.

"I feel bad for this team and especially for our three seniors because we fell short of meeting our ultimate goal of going to the NCAA Championship," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "Even though we are a disappointed, it has still been a great season and this team accomplished some things that have never been done in this program before.

"This program is headed for even better things in the future because the bulk of this team will return next year and they will learn from this experience."     

The tournament marked the final games for seniors Amanda Macenko, Lia Gordon and Mimi Mahon.  Macenko leaves as the owner of the majority of the CSU game, season and career records, including season marks for wins (38), appearances (56), games started (53), complete games (40), innings pitched (338.2) and strikeouts (367).  Gordon leaves as CSU's career home run leader with 26, including 13 in 2009.
Mimi Mahon

The Vikings reaped the rewards of a good season last week.  Freshman Tess Sito was named both the Horizon League Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, Macenko was tabbed as the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year for the third straight year and head coach Angie Nicholson was named the coach of the year for the second time in three seasons.  Sito, Macenko and Katelyn Ciminelli were each named to the All-Horizon League first team with Jessica Burt and Amy Powell picking up second team honors.  Sito and Dara Toman were members of the all-newcomer squad.

Men's Tennis Concludes Season With 20 Wins
CSU Falls at Kentucky, 4-0, In NCAA First Round

The Cleveland State men's tennis team had its season come to an end with a 4-0 loss at 11th-ranked Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday (May 15) at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. CSU was making its third consecutive appearance in the national tournament, including its second straight at Kentucky.

"This was our third consecutive year playing in the NCAA tournament and I feel that we have improved each and every year," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "I thought we battled hard against Kentucky on Saturday and gave ourselves chances to win, but they are a very good team and deserved to win with the way that they played. We had a record breaking season and I am proud of all we accomplished as a team and expect us to continue to play at a high level because of the depth we have in this program."

Kentucky won the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions and then won at Nos., 1, 2 and 5 singles to clinch the match. Junior John Haley won the first set at No. 6 singles, 6-3 and was the lone Viking to win a set.
John Haley

The loss at Kentucky concluded the careers of CSU seniors Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning who were part of three Horizon League Championship teams. Orno, a four-time first team All-Horizon League selection, finished his career with a school-record 99 singles wins, while Hamning won 87 singles contests and was a four-time all-league selection. The duo also formed one of the top doubles teams in the Horizon League over the last four years, combining for a 92-29 record.

"Phil and Ryan are two of the biggest reasons we have been so successful as a program over the last few years," Etzkin said. "Whenever we needed a point, they always came through for us and we are really going to miss them and the experience they brought to the team."

Viking High Fives

Amanda Macenko:  The softball senior struck out 32 batters in the league tourney to break the Horizon League single season record with 367 this year.  The Brunswick native and three-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year leaves with just about every CSU pitching record, including a record 38 wins this year and 118 in her career.

Kyle Shaffer:  Baseball senior posted his second grand slam of the season in game two against Wright State. His previous grand slam was against Case Western Reserve (March 27).
Kyle Shaffer

Angie Nicholson:  The softball mentor was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons after guiding CSU to a school-record 44 wins and a league-record 22 conference victories.

The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings

May 18 (Tuesday)
Baseball hosts Akron
Avon, OH, 4:00 p.m.

May 21 (Friday)
Baseball at Butler
Indianapolis, IN, 3:00 p.m.

May 22 (Saturday)
Baseball at Butler (DH)
Indianapolis, IN, 12:00 p.m

Falcon Student/Athletic Report

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RETURN ENGAGEMENT:  The 32-team field is comprised of 26 automatic qualifiers from NAIA affiliated conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated groupings and six at-large selections, which were determined using the final Top 25 rating released on May 4.  A year ago the Falcons advanced through pool play and finished in a tie for fifth place in what marked the program’s first appearance in the national tournament.  This season, the 25-24 Falcons advanced to Decatur by taking the title at last week’s American Mideast Conference Tournament.


Falcons heading to the Bible Belt


FOR LATER IN DECATUR:  NDC’s first game at the tournament is slated for Thursday, May 20 (3 p.m. ET, No. 2 Lee).  The Falcons will then play once each on Friday (4 p.m., No. 17 Trevecca) and Saturday (1:30 p.m., Savannah A & D).  For pool play, the NAIA will offer live stats, which can be access from its Pool Play Schedule page.

Charisse Colston

Oakwood's Charisse Colston


THE RIGHT STUFF:  Sophomore Charisse Colston (Oakwood Village, Ohio) has been named the 2010 American Mideast Conference Player of the Year.   The Falcons slugging right fielder is batting .419/.500/.611 (batting/on-base/slugging) this season and has been an outstanding run producer for Head Coach Amy Kyler-Stallman and the NAIA National Championship Tournament-bound Falcons. Colston was tabbed for the honor in a ballot of the league’s coaches.  Colston, a transfer from Lincoln University (Pa.), helped NDC win its second straight AMC pennant, and in earning the Player of the Year award, headlined a list of four Falcons named first team All-AMC. She also continues what is now a four-year run of an NDC player earning a Player of the Year award: Anna Ball was named AMC Player of the Year in 2007 and 2009 and AMC North Division Player of the Year in 2008. 


NOTABLE:  Colston heads to Alabama, the site of this week’s NAIA tournament, with a season line that includes 62 base hits, including a balanced 20 for extra bases (eight doubles, five triples, seven home runs). She leads the Falcons in RBIs, with 37 and has scored a program-record 58 runs.


QUOTABLE:  “We’re all happy for Charisse,” said Kyler-Stallman. “She does so many things to help our team win. She really stepped up to be a leader on what is a very young team.”

Melissa Dykes



FALCONS SOAR IN LEAGUE BALLOT:  Colston was joined on the All-AMC squad by three more Falcons -- freshman third  baseman Melissa Dykes (Youngstown, Ohio), freshman utility player Ashley Harbarger (Akron, Ohio), who has been a fine two-way player for NDC, and sophomore first basemen Mallory Harder (Uniontown, Ohio). Youth carried the day on the 13-player all-league team, with no less than nine freshman players being named to the squad.  Notre Dame’s four players on the first team were a league best. Shawnee State Head Coach Ralph Cole was named AMC Coach of the Year. Point Park’s (Pa.) Kelsey Robertson was named Pitcher of the Year, while teammate Amanda Ardinger earned the circuit’s Freshman of the Year honor.  … NDC catcher Nicole Spehar (Mogadore, Ohio) was tabbed as an honorable mention for the team. Ashley Harbarger was named to the five-player AMC All-Freshman team.





NDC A-OK ON ALL-AMC:  The American Mideast Conference distributed their yearly baseball awards on Friday, May 14.  Two Falcons made the first team, a pair of Falcons earned second-team honors and a trio of NDC players earned honorable mention in the ballot of league coaches.  Freshmen Simon Davis (Grove City, Ohio) and Pat Ross (Gahanna, Ohio) were tabbed as All-AMC first teamers. 

Simon Davis


Davis was coach Nick Weisheipl’s top option in the Notre Dame bullpen during the 2010 season.  He made 17 relief appearances for the Falcons, paced the squad with three saves and led the pitching corps with a 3.58 ERA.  The first-year Falcon went 4-1 on the season and held opposing batters to a .246 batting average.  Ross led Notre Dame with a .410 batting average (66-for-161), 66 hits, 52 runs scored, and a .508 on-base percentage.  The right fielder’s 66 hits set a single-season program record for the Falcons.

Benji Jarabeck

Painesville's Jarabeck

Notre Dame’s double play combination of second baseman Tony Younis and shortstop Travis Brown (Bellevue, Ohio) earned second team honors on the All-AMC squad.  Travis Bondy (Windsor, Ont.), Benji Jarabeck (Painesville, Ohio) and Brett Zientarski (Vermilion, Ohio) earned honorable mentions.

Brett Zientarski

Vermilion's Zientarski

Five B-W Tennis S/As All-OAC

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Redd ends his career as a four-time All-OAC selection with honorable mention nods in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and a first-team selection in 2009. This season, he was 14-10 overall and alternated at second, third and fourth singles. Redd was 7-2 during OAC play and combined with Lachman for a 17-8 mark at No. 1 doubles. In his four seasons, Redd posted a singles mark of 65-33 to rank seventh on the B-W career wins list and a 73-30 mark in doubles.  His 138 career combinations wins ranks ninth all-time.


Burris competed mainly at No. 5 singles and posted an 18-5 record with an 8-1 mark in the OAC. In three seasons, he has a fine 60-14 singles record and a 77-19 combined singles and doubles mark.


The Yellow Jackets finished the season at 19-4 overall and finished runner-up at the OAC Championship Tournament. B-W has won 18 or matches in each of the past nine years, including five 20-win seasons. The combined nine-year record is an amazing 178-31 with an .852 winning percentage and includes OAC regular season and Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005.

NCAC Men's Lacrosse Special  





May 18, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Ohio Wesleyan senior attacker Chaz Narwicz (Yardley, PA/Holy Ghost Prep) has been named Player of the Year to highlight the 2010 All-North Coast Athletic Conference men's lacrosse selections.

Narwicz, a senior attacker, scored 32 goals and added 18 assists for the Battling Bishops. 

He finished second in the league in points per game (3.57), third in the league in goals per game (2.46), and fourth in assists per game (1.38).

A quartet of juniors are repeat first-team selections: Wooster midfielder Pat Coyne (Chatham, NJ/Chatman), midfielder Tanner Smith (Boxford, MA/Brooks School) of Denison, Ohio Wesleyan defender Tony D'Abarno (Venetia, PA/Peters Twp.) and long-stick midfielder Charlie Sayre (Englewood, CO/Kent Denver) from Kenyon all were first-team All-NCAC selections in both 2009 and 2010. Denison senior Brady Burton (Dublin, OH/Jerome), a first-team selection in 2007 and 2008, returns to the top squad after garnering

second-team recognition a season ago.

Wittenberg freshman Alex Previte (Dublin, OH/Coffman) was voted the North Coast's Newcomer of the Year.

He netted 12 goals and four assists, and earned honorable mention honors. Oberlin sophomore attacker Dylan Holmes (Seattle, WA/Lakeside) was presented the Sportsmanship Award. Wittenberg's George Harris earned Coach of the Year honors for the first time after guiding the Tigers to a 10-5 record and a share of their first NCAC crown. Wittenberg also earned its first bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

In five seasons at the helm, Harris has posted a 35-30 (.538) record.