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Butler to leave the Horizon League

Statement from Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone Concerning Butler University


INDIANAPOLIS -- A statement from Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone regarding Butler University:


“This morning, I was informed by President James Danko of Butler’s decision to withdraw from the Horizon League and affiliate with another conference. The Horizon League is among 25 NCAA Division I conferences whose membership has been impacted by realignment over the past two years.


“We are proud of the role the Horizon League played in providing a platform for Butler to significantly improve its athletics programs and achieve the highest level of national competitiveness in men’s basketball.


“We are committed to sustaining those same opportunities for all League members. Under the leadership of our board of directors, we have an aggressive growth agenda which has been in the planning stages for some time. That agenda is values based, collaborative, measured, informed and principled.


“We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. The Horizon League will continue to be defined by our student-athletes as they compete, serve and learn. It is our student-athletes who encompass the best values of higher education and intercollegiate athletics.”

The HL has a strong NE Ohio presence with Cleveland State and Youngstown State as two of its focal members.

Lizcano Sets All-Time Total Bases Mark as 'Berg Baseball 

Downs Defiance

DEFIANCE, Ohio-Senior right fielder Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) hit a
first-inning home run and doubled in the eighth to become Heidelberg
University's all-time leader in total bases as the Student Princes defeated
Defiance College, 8-5, today in a non-conference game at Rutter Field in
Defiance, Ohio.

Lizcano came into the game tied with Jason Lash (2008-11) for the school
career record for total bases and blasted a two-run shot in the first to
claim the record for himself as Heidelberg (23-15) got off to a 2-0 lead.
With his double, he ended the day with 425 total bases.

Defiance (12-24) plated a run in the second to cut the 'Berg lead in half.

The Student Princes tacked on two more tallies in the fifth when junior
catcher Jordan Martin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) and Lizcano were both hit
by pitches with the bases loaded.

The Yellow Jackets scored a run in the seventh, but Heidelberg tacked on an
insurance run in the eighth on a run-batted in single by freshman first
baseman Eric Monroe (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and three more in the ninth,
keyed by a two-run double by sophomore designated hitter Ben Blystone
(Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and a RBI single by freshman first baseman
Doug Miller (West Friendship, Md./Glenelg), the first hit and RBI of his

Defiance mounted a three-run rally in the ninth, but senior right-hander
Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview), put on the mound with one out and the
bases loaded, retired two of the four batters he faced to preserve the

Lizcano guided the attack with his double and homer in three at-bats and
knocked in three runs while scoring a pair.  Sophomore shortstop Andrew
Zenczak (Brunswick) also scored twice.

Senior righty Sly Nino (Willard) pitched 6.0 strong innings, surrendering
just two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out two and walking
two and improved to 3-0.  Junior right-hander Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne,
Ind./Carroll) and freshman righty Travis Gray (Markle, Ind./Norwell)
combined for 2.1 innings of relief before Brannum recorded the final two

Bryn Lehman was 2-for-5 at the plate for the Yellow Jackets and Chris Donese
knocked in three runs.

Stephen Leskow pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on five hits while
striking out four, but was tagged with the loss to fall to 2-6.

Heidelberg closes the regular season Saturday by hosting Capital University
in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.

Mount Union's Dan MacDuffie Named OAC Women's Golf Coach of the Year

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union head coach Dan MacDuffie has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Golf co-Coach of the Year.

MacDuffie guided the Purple Raiders to five tournament victories this season and a third-place finish at this past weekend's OAC Championships, which is the team's best finish since being runner-up in 2003.

This is the first time MacDuffie has won the honor on the women's side. He is a two-time OAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year recipient.

In his six years as head coach, the Raiders have risen to the top half of the conference and have featured one of its top golfers the past few seasons in senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington). Snode took Medalist honors at the OAC Championships and received an individual at-large bid to next week's NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships in Angola, Ind.

A native of Portland, Maine, MacDuffie earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 2000 and a master's degree in history from Washington (Md.) College in 2002. Before coming to Mount Union, MacDuffie was an assistant men's basketball coach and admissions counselor at Hiram College from 2003-04. He also spent five years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Mount Union and is in his eighth season as the head women's golf coach for the Raiders.

Nate Fockler Nick Fockler
Nate (L) and Nick Fockler

John Carroll, Mount Union to meet in OAC tennis tourney

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's tennis team will host an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament match against John Carroll on Wednesday at 3:30 pm. The fourth-seeded Purple Raiders (13-7, 6-3 OAC) look to defeat the fifth-seeded Blue Streaks for the second time this season and advance to the final four at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Scouting Mount Union

The Purple Raiders (13-7, 6-3 OAC) enter the OAC Tournament in the midst of a season-best four-match winning streak. Whitehill Tennis Courts and the Peterson Fieldhouse have been kind to the Raiders, who are 7-1 at home during the spring portion of their season. If the match is forced indoors by inclement weather, it will be moved to an off-campus location either in Canton or North Canton due to setup for commencement in Peterson Fieldhouse being underway.

The brother tandem of Nate Fockler and Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) has a school-record 18 wins at first doubles this season. Nate, a junior, is under .500 for the first time in his collegiate career with just a 9-10 record at No. 1 singles. Two of those losses, however, came as the result of an injury that forced him to retire after the first set.

Only a freshman, Nick has already made his mark in the Mount Union record books. He earned a doubles victory with Ben Swope (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) while Nate was out with an injury and is in sole possession of the record for doubles wins with 19. He also has a team-best 16-4 record at No. 2 singles.

Swope, also a freshman, boasts a 13-6 record at No. 4 singles while sophomore Patrick Yackmack(Mantua/Crestwood) 11-9 at No. 3 singles.

Scouting John Carroll

The Blue Streaks (7-11, 5-4 OAC) find themselves in unfamiliar territory on the road to open the OAC Tournament. Last year, they were the tournament runner-up to Ohio Northern.

Junior Ryan Mullaney is the top singles player for the Blue Streaks with an 11-8 record at No. 1 singles and is 7-1 in OAC play. Mullaney and junior Rico Certo (5-1) form one of the top doubles teams in the conference and own a win over Baldwin-Wallace's Alexandre Bourdiaux and Alex Trzeciak, who are 19-2 on the seaso.

Sophomore Eric Grimaldi is tied for the team lead with 11 wins at No. 5/6 singles and is 7-3 over her last 10 matches. In doubles, senior Michael Hulseman and freshman Peter Scanniello lead the Blue Streaks with seven doubles wins.

Last Meeting

Mount Union defeated John Carroll, 5-4, in the two clubs' previous match this season. The Raiders took two of three doubles points before splitting the six singles for the victory. With the score tied, sophomore Jeff Looker(Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) defeated Cass Stadnik at No. 6 singles in a thrilling 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) decision for match point.

Series History

Mount Union has won seven of its last ten meetings with John Carroll, including the last meeting in the OAC Tournament, which came in 2005.

2012 OAC Men's Tennis Tournament

The top eight teams during the OAC regular season qualify for the OAC Tournament with the top four seeds hosting first round matches. Baldwin-Wallace (25-0, 9-0 OAC) enters as top seed after claiming the regular season championship.

The OAC Tournament Final Four is played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, which is home to professional tennis' Western & Southern Open. The stat-of-the-art facility has 10 courts and a main center court that has been the site of numerous professional and amateur championship events.

Live stats for the Final Four will be provided online by tournament host Ohio Northern.