A Page -- May 2, 2012 -- AM Edition

Jessica Simpson 

Simpson Repeats as MAC East Pitcher of the Week

Senior from North Canton, Ohio claims honor for sixth time this year, 15th time in career


CLEVELAND – Miami University senior Jessica Simpson has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week for the 15th time in her career the league office announced Tuesday. It is the sixth time this season and second consecutive week she has won the honor.


Simpson (North Canton, Ohio) continued to put up the numbers as she closes in on the end of her collegiate career. She earned victories in all four games last weekend, extending her MAC career wins record to 92. She threw the third no-hitter of her career and second of the season in a 4-0 win over Buffalo on Friday. She came in relief during the last 3.1 innings of the second game of the doubleheader and allowed only one hit as Miami came-from-behind to win that game as well. Simpson allowed only one run on four hits in a win over Kent State on Saturday. The run ended a streak of 46.1 innings that she hadn’t allowed an earned run. She would earn her fourth victory of the weekend on Sunday when she gave up two runs on four hits as Miami would defeat the Golden Flashes once again. Simpson allowed only nine hits in 24.1 innings pitched during the week, a batting average against of .108. She gave up only two walks and struck out 34.


Miami will complete the regular season this weekend when it host four games. On Friday, the RedHawks will welcome Bowling Green to Oxford for a doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m. Miami will then take on Toledo in single games over the weekend. Saturday’s game will have a special start time of 6 p.m. due to the graduation ceremonies. Sunday’s contest will be at the regularly scheduled time of 1 p.m. Prior to Sunday’s game, the RedHawks will host their annual Senior Day ceremony.

S/AAC Gives Back to Local Community

Oberlin, Ohio – On April 21, the Oberlin Student/Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) put on an extraordinary event for the citizens of Murray Ridge as part of the NCAA’s Special Olympics initiative.

The event, which was spearheaded by senior volleyball player Liz Wong, provided an opportunity for all of the Murray Ridge residents to come to campus and participate in the sports of tennis, soccer and volleyball.

SAAC Murray Ridge 

In all over 40 Student/Athletes volunteered to work the event. Kate MelansonLaura MessmanChris AyoubSophia BrancazioAlex Guo, and Courtney Konow served on the committee with Wong to help make the experience memorable for the kids. Additionally, Oberlin coaches Emma SanfordErica RauAlan Estep and Vorris Mayes helped supervise the festivities.

“I am really proud of everyone who participated and I'm especially proud of the Murray Ridge athletes for their efforts and eagerness to learn,” Wong said.
I am also still amazed how incredibly helpful, energetic, and enthusiastic our volunteers were.”

With such positive feedback from Murray Ridge and the Oberlin students, two events surrounding the Special Olympics are already in the works for next year

Highlighted By Thornton's Speech, Student/Athlete Appreciation Night A Success

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Honoring over 300 student-athletes with over a 3.0 grade point average as well as several special student-athlete awards, the 2012 Student-Athlete Appreciation Night was regarded as a big hit.

Big hits are nothing new for the featured speaker of the evening, former Major League Baseball All-Star and Cleveland Indians great Andre Thornton.

“Mr. Thornton provided the exact sort of message we want our student-athletes to take home,” said Lisa Liotta, Lake Erie Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Co-Advisor and Assistant Athletic Director for Operations/Student Development/SWA. “His message and life experiences are exactly what we try to teach our students as they develop for post –graduation and life beyond athletics.

Watch full video of the evening’s awards and speech below.

The event was hosted by Lake Erie SAAC for all student-athletes and was open to all members of the Lake Erie community.

“Ricky Volante (Tappahannock, Va./Tappahannock/Rappahanrock C.C.) - SAAC Vice President and a member of the Storm baseball team - and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee did a wonderful job putting the event together and bringing Mr. Thornton to campus,” said Liotta. “Overall it was a successful night and we hope that the underclassman took note as we look to continue to grow this event in the future.”

Thornton’s appearance was made possible by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)/NCAA Enhancement Grant for educational programming.

Student-Athlete Appreciation Night kicked off the ongoing inaugural SAAC Student-Athlete Week at Lake Erie, which runs through Sunday, May 6. 
B-W Women’s Tennis Team Ends Season With Loss in OAC Quarterfinals to Mount Union

ALLIANCE, OHIO -- The fifth-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team was defeated by the fourth-seeded University of Mount Union, 5-1, today (Tuesday, May 1, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal match at the Mount Union Courts.

In the OAC Tournament, all matches are ended when the winning team reaches five team points regardless of the current progress of other matches still on court. Each match will start with the three doubles matches and will continue with singles action until the winning five points are obtained.

With its loss, the Yellow Jackets end their season with a record of 9-14 overall. Mount Union improves to 13-6 overall and will advance to the OAC Tournament Semifinals to face the winner of #top-seed Ohio Northern University and # 8-seed Muskingum University match on Friday, May 6 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason at 1:00 p.m.

The other semi-finals match will feature of the winner of today’s match between the winner of #3-seed Otterbein University and #6-seed Heidelberg University against the winner of #2-seed John Carroll and #7-seed Capital. The OAC Championship Match is on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m.

B-W got its lone point in doubles action as the number two tandem of senior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and junior Danielle Rueger (Ashland/ Senior) won by an 8-4 score.

Mount Union won two of three doubles points before taking the first three singles points to bring a halt to the match. JuniorCourtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) was the only Raider with two wins in the match. Adamsky teamed with freshman Taylor Dowling (Canton/Jackson) for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles before beating Whitney Yoder, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 singles.

Also victorious for the Raiders in singles action were Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak) and MacKenzie Jenkins(North Hampton/Northwestern).

Senior Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South) and sophomore Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood) earned a win at first doubles, 8-1, over Morgan Baker and Becky Mittler.

Mount Union returns to action on Friday when they play Ohio Northern in the semifinals of the OAC Tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Tennis Match Results
Baldwin-Wallace vs Mount Union
May 01, 2012 at Alliance, Ohio

Mount Union 5, Baldwin-Wallace 1

Singles competition:
1. Krissy Hallett (MTU) vs. Jenny Greene (BW-W) 4-6, 1-3, unfinished
2. Mandy Wise (MTU) vs. Rebecca Mittler (BW-W) 6-5, unfinished
3. Hannah Arvidson (MTU) def. Morgan Baker (BW-W) 6-3, 6-2
4. Megan Czuchra (MTU) vs. Danielle Rueger (BW-W) 4-6, 2-2, unfinished
5. Courtney Adamsky (MTU) def. Whitney Yoder (BW-W) 6-1, 6-4
6. MacKenzie Jenkins (MTU) def. Rachel Bertrand (BW-W) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Krissy Hallett/Megan Czuchra (MTU) def. Rebecca Mittler/Morgan Baker (BW-W) 8-1
2. Jenny Greene/Danielle Rueger (BW-W) def. Mandy Wise/Hannah Arvidson (MTU) 8-4
3. Courtney Adamsky/Taylor Dowling (MTU) def. Whitney Yoder/Emily Brown (BW-W) 8-4

Mount Union 13-6

Baldwin-Wallace 9-14

Gilmour alumnus Alex Andrews ties for second in NCAC Golf Championship; St. V’s Jack Uecker, Mogadore’s Jerry Moore tie for fourth

The 2012 NCAC Men’s Golf Championship Series concluded on Sunday afternoon at Oberlin Golf Club, hosted by Oberlin College.

Wittenberg captured its third-straight NCAC title after totaling 1,500 strokes in the two championship series events combined. Ohio Wesleyan was second in the final team standings with 1,540 strokes, followed by Denison (1,549), DePauw (1,556), Allegheny (1,559), Wooster (1,564), Wabash (1,624), Kenyon (1,684), Hiram (1,698) and Oberlin (1,948). As the NCAC champions, Wittenberg earns the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Championships.


Ohio Wesleyan senior Caleb Chiero (Westerville, OH/Central) and Wittenberg freshman Alex Andrews (Kirtland, OH/Gilmour Academy) finished in a tie for second in the overall standings with 374 strokes, followed by Wittenberg sophomore Jack Uecker (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Ohio Wesleyan junior Jerry Moore (Mogadore, OH/Mogadore) in a tie for fourth with 376 strokes apiece.

 Andrews (L), Uecker (R)


Player of the Week - Hannah Price, Denison

Denison senior Hannah Price (Hudson, OH/Hudson) posted a .500 batting average (11-of-22) last week, but no hit was more important than the walk-off RBI single in game two against Hiram on Sunday that clinched the Big Red’s berth into the NCAC Tournament.


Moore and Price

In six starts last week, Price smacked three doubles, drove home five runs and scored an additional six runs. She currently leads the Big Red in batting average (.366), runs scored (28), hits (48), RBI (23) total bases (66), slugging percentage (.504) and on-base percentage (.421).


At the Big Red Invitational ,OWU senior Sharif Kronemer (Silver Springs, MD/Springbrook) posted the Bishops’ top finish at Ashland with a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run, while sophomore Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) won the 1,500-meter run (4:42.74) to lead the OWU women.