A Page -- May 6, 2011

Vermilion native Katie Finely

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Shuts 

Out John Carroll in Opening Game of 

OAC Tournament

ADA, OHIO – The third-seed Baldwin-Wallace College softball team shut out the second-seed John Carroll University today (Friday, May 6) in the opening game of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Tournament by a final score of 3-0 at the Ohio Northern University Softball Field.  In the other first round game, the top-seed Ohio Northern University will face the fourth-seed University of Mount Union at 1:00 p.m.

The OAC Softball Tournament is a double elimination tournament consisting of the top four regular season finishers.   John Carroll and Ohio Northern tied for the best regular season record but due to the tie breaker Ohio Northern was given the top seed and is serving as the host for the tournament.

With the win, B-W is now 25-9 overall and will play the winner of the Ohio Northern and Mount Union game at 3:00 p.m. today.  John Carroll falls to 26-13 and will face the loser of the ONU and Mt. Union game at 5:00 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring in the fourth inning when junior rightfielder Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) singled to left field.  Baker advanced to second on an single through the right side by junior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion). Freshman catcher Sami Brown (Kent/Field) walked and Baker and Finley moved up a base.   With the bases load, freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Baker.

In the seventh inning, Feciuch led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville).  Freshman leftfielder Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) tacked on two runs as she hit a homerun to center field to increase the B-W led to 3-0.

The Yellow Jacket outhit the Blue Streaks 8-6 and were led by Elber as she went 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI and Finley also contributed two hits as she went 2-for-3.   In addition,  the Yellow Jackets got hits from Baker, Brown, senior centerfielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) and freshman designated hitter Meghan Kossow (Tonawanda, N.Y.).

On the mound, freshman Justina Wise (New London) picked up her team leading 13th win of the season and her third shutout of the season.  In addition, she recorded her second win of the season over John Carroll and its ace pitcher Brittany Danilov with the first victory coming in a 3-1 win on April 9 in Berea.   Wise threw seven scoreless innings and allowed six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Oberlin Men's Lacrosse Outlasts 

Otterbein in Season Finale

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team capped off its best season since 1995 as they outlasted Otterbein University 9-7 on Wednesday night at Fred Shults Field. 

With the win the Yeomen finished the season at 7-9, marking the first time since 1995 they had a seven-win season. The victory also came in front of new Delta Lodge Director of Athletics William Roth, who was on hand for a pre-game reception. 

“The guys played their tails off,” Head Coach Topher Grossman said. “It was a great way to send their graduating teammates out. At the end we were able to battle through some adversity, but displayed great character to overcome it. I couldn’t be more proud of their effort.”

Sophomore Connor Jackson wrapped up his impressive season by scoring four goals to finish with 24 on the season. He also had a team-high 22 assists to finish the year with 46 points. 

Senior Rob Bond ended his highly successful career with two goals and an assist.

The game got off to a slow start as the Yeomen deposited the loan score of the first period as Jackson cashed in an assist from Mickey Fiorillo. Thomas Hake and Dylan Holmes added Yeomen goals in the second period to match the two that the Cardinals posted in the frame. 

With the Yeomen leading 4-2 at the break, they were able to gain control of the game by scoring the first four goals of the third. The first three were rifled out of the stick of Jackson, while Bond capped off the run with a man down goal. Following an Otterbein goal, Fiorillo finished off a pass from Hake to complete the OC scoring.

Trailing 9-3 going into the final frame, the Cardinals wouldn’t go down without a fight as they kept the Yeomen off the scoreboard and went on a furious comeback attempt. They scored three times in the first three minutes of the period to put the Yeomen on the ropes. Graham Shippy would add the final goal of the game at the 9:19 mark, but the Yeomen defense was able to buckle down to preserve the win. 

The team stats were just about even with both teams taking 31 shots. Otterbein had a slight 42-20 edge in groundballs while the Yeomen had a 10-9 margin in face-offs. 

Junior Glen Gerbush, who is graduating a year early, made 13 saves - seven of which came in the first quarter. 

Mount Union upsets No, 1 Ohio Northern

May 6, 2011 

ADA, Ohio -- Fourth seeded Mount Union shut out top-seeded Ohio Northern, 1-0, in the first round of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Friday in Ada.

The Purple Raiders (20-15) advance to a Friday afternoon semifinal game against No. 3 seed Baldwin-Wallace, which knocked off fellow regular season co-champ and No. 2 seed John Carroll, 3-0, earlier in the day.  The winner advances to Saturday's 1 pm championship game.

Sophomore pitcher Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) allowed only four hits in the complete game shutout.  Ohio Northern has been shut out only three times this season and McAninch has two of those as she beat the Bears 2-0 last Saturday.
Rachel McAninch

The game's only run came in the top of the second inning as senior Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) started the frame with a single.  After being bunted over to second, she advanced to third on a single by Alex Mayo (Greenville/Ansonia) she would come home on a throwing error while Mayo attempted to steal second.
Alex Mayo

McAninch made the lead stand including getting out a jam in the sixth as Ohio Northern's first two runners reached and tying run got to third base before she tossed three-straight strikeouts to end the threat.

Mount Union 1, Ohio Northern 0 (May 06, 2011 at Ada, Ohio)

Mount to play ONU in first round of 

OAC softball

May 6, 2011 

Mount Union's softball team plays in the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Tourament this weekend at Ohio Northern University in Ada.  The No. 4 seed Purple Raiders play top-seed and regular season co-champion Ohio Northern at 1 pm.

Mount Union (19-15) is the No. 4 seed and making its 20th appearance in the OAC's post-season event.  The 20 tournament trips are second only to the 26 trips made by Muskingum.  The Raiders have a 26-36 record in the OAC Tournament with a title in 2008 and a record 10 second place finishes.

The other first round matchup in the double elimination touranment pits No. 2 seed and regular season co-champ John Carroll against No. 3 seed Baldwin-Wallace.  The winners of both first round games meet in a semifinal game at 3 pm Friday while the losers face off in an elimination game at 5 pm.

By OAC rule if either Ohio Northern or John Carroll make Saturday's championship game then they claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament regardless of championship game result.  If both of them or neither of them make the game then the tournament winner gets the automatic bid.

Mount Union's Sandy Douglas is in her 26th season as head coach and enters the tournament with a career record of 597-359 (.624).  If she wins three games at tournament, she will become only the second coach in OAC history to win over 600 games.
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Capital tops Mount twice, giving Mount 

No. 4, B-W  No. 3 seed in OAC tourney

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After falling 9-6 in the opener, Mount Union beat Capital 5-4 in the second game of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader Thursday in Columbus to clinch a spot in next week's OAC Tournament.

Mount Union (16-17 overall) now stands at 10-6 in the OAC and punches its ticket back to the OAC's four-team tournament for the first time since 2008.  The tournament starts next Thursday (May 12) at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta.

Freshman pitcher Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) had his best outing of the season as he no-hit Capital for six inning and picked up the win as he allowed only three hits and one earned run over eight innings to move to 4-1 on the season.

Senior hurler Matt Lambert (Massillon/Massillon Washington) came in with two runners on in ninth and worked out of it to pick up his first save of the season.

At the plate, the Raiders scored its five runs via the long ball as junior Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) hit a three-run home run in the first and senior Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) hit a two-run shot in the fifth.

Capital (10-21, 7-9 OAC) won the first game as they blew a 2-2 game open with a six-run fifth inning and went on to the 9-6 win.

Mount Union belted out 15 hits in the losing effort as freshmen Jimmy Dobran (Poland/Poland Seminary), Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) each had three hits.

The Raiders close the regular season Saturday with a pair of OAC games at Heidelberg.  First pitch in Tiffin is slated for 1 pm