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Shirey (L), Kimmick (R)

Macedonia's Kelsey Shirey, Parma's Erica Kimmick make first team All PAC; Wadsworth's Maria Adams makes second team

2012 All-Presidents'€™ Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Teams

2012 PAC Player of the Year: Senior P Julie DiLonardo, Geneva College
2012 PAC Coach of the YearVan Zanic, Geneva College

First Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown/High School
C Danielle Massengill Fr. Thiel North Bend, Wash./ Mt. Si
C Stefaney Turner So. Thomas More Franklin, Ohio/ Carlisle
1B Brittany Wegman Sr. Thomas More West Harrison, Ind./ East Central
1B Shannon Baczek Fr. Saint Vincent Beaver Falls, Pa./ Blackhawk
2B Ashley Dolan So. Thiel Export, Pa./ Franklin Regional
2B Christina Fuqua So. Geneva Derwood, Md./ Richard Montgomery
SS Kelsey Shirey Fr. Grove City Macedonia, Ohio/ Nordonia
3B Erica Kimmick Sr. Westminster Parma, Ohio/ Cuyahoga Heights
OF Maria Vallone Jr. Bethany Rochester, N.Y./ Webster Schroeder
OF Martha Adams Sr. Geneva Milton, Pa./ Meadowbrook Christian
OF Jenna Dorazio So. Waynesburg Cokeburg, Pa./ Bentworth
OF Alex Miklos Jr. Chatham North Huntingdon, Pa./ Norwin
P Julie DiLonardo Sr. Geneva New Kensington, Pa./ Plum
P Ally Vrcek So. Saint Vincent Murrysville, Pa./ Franklin Regional
DP Layne Carpenter Jr. Westminster Marietta, Ohio/ Marietta
 
Adams

Second Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown/High School
C Maria Adams Jr. Saint Vincent Wadsworth, Ohio/ Wadsworth
1B Emily Jump Jr. Bethany Milford, Del./ Polytech
2B Kelsey Squelch So. Westminster Pittsburgh, Pa./ Perry Traditional
2B Stephanie Zur Jr. Wash. & Jeff. Bethel Park, Pa./ Bethel Park
SS Ashley Davis So. Geneva New Middletown, Ohio/ Springfield Local
SS Katie Hughes Jr. Westminster Boardman, Ohio/ Cardinal Mooney
3B Becky Deane So. Saint Vincent Economy, Pa./ Ambridge
OF Jasmine Blackwell So. Waynesburg Moon Township, Pa./ Moon Area
OF Alison Powell Jr. Bethany Nashport, Ohio/ Tri-Valley
OF Lori Deem Jr. Geneva East Liverpool, Ohio/ Beaver Local
OF Natalie Vazquez Jr. Chatham Amherst, N.Y./ Sweet Home
P Chelsea Brown Jr. Westminster New Castle, Pa./ Mohawk
P Emily Lauterbach Jr. Saint Vincent Pittsburgh, Pa./ Baldwin
P Ali House So. Thiel Liberty, Ohio/ Liberty
DP Madison Rotto So. Wash. & Jeff. Sarver, Pa./ Freeport


Mount Union's Swartz Receives AVCA "Thirty Under 30" Award

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Mount Union Women's Volleyball head coach Leigh Ann Swartz has been selected as part of the American Volleyball Coaches Association's "Thirty Under 30" list for 2012.

The "Thirty Under 30" award was created to honor thirty of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years of age at all levels of the game. The AVCA presented its inaugural list in 2009.

In her six years as head coach, Swartz has taken the Mount Union volleyball program to a level it had never reached before. In 2007, the Purple Raiders won a school-record 30 games on their way to the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. This past season, Swartz led the Raiders to the school's first ever Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and a return to the NCAA Tournament.

With a 145-49 record, Swartz ranks among the nation's top 25 active Division III coaches in career winning percentage (.747). Two of the top three winningest seasons in school history have come under Swartz's guidance and Mount Union has advanced to the semifinals of the OAC Tournament in each of her six years as coach.

Swartz was recognized as the OAC Coach-of-the-Year in 2006 in just her first year on the job. She has coached four All-Americans, six First Team All-OAC selections, and one Academic All-American during her time at Mount Union.

With just one senior on last season's NCAA Tournament team, Swartz appears to be building a program that will remain of national prominence.

Prior to Mount Union, Swartz spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio). Before that, she was an assistant recruiting coordinator and student coach at DePauw (Ind.), where she was a three-year letterwinner.

'Berg Baseball Set for Mount Union in OAC 

Tournament


TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 3 seed Heidelberg University baseball team will face
No. 4 seed the University of Mount Union on Thursday at 4p.m. in the first
day of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Don Schaly
Stadium in Marietta, Ohio.  The tournament is a four-team, double
elimination bracket that will run from Thursday through Saturday.

Live stats for all games will be available at
http://pioneers.marietta.edu/index.aspx?path=bb_12oac and live video will be
available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/marietta-college-athletics.  All
of the Berg's games on Friday will be broadcast live on the 'Berg Athletics
Network (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal#
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ).  Saturday's
championship game(s) will also be broadcast live if the Student Princes
advance.

Tickets for the OAC Tournament will go on sale beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday. OAC Tournament passes are $15. Single-game adult tickets can be
purchased for $7, while single-game senior citizen tickets are $5 and
single-game non-OAC student tickets are $2. Students from OAC institutions
are admitted free of charge. Parking for the tournament is $3 daily.

The Berg (25-15, 11-7 OAC) is making its 10th straight and 13th overall
appearance in the OAC tournament, and has won four titles: in 2003 and from
2008-10.  The Student Princes have appeared in the championship game in each
of the past four seasons and own a 23-17 all-time record in the tournament.

Heidelberg and Mount Union previously split a doubleheader on April 29, with
the Purple Raiders taking the first game, 8-6, and the Student Princes
capturing the nightcap, 5-4, in 10 innings.  The Berg is riding an
eight-game winning streak since that doubleheader.  Heidelberg holds a 2-1
lead against Mount Union in the OAC tournament since the tournament moved to
a four-team format in 1985.

The Heidelberg offense is paced by senior left fielder Ross Pruitt
(Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) and senior right fielder Ricardo Lizcano
(Toledo/Start).  Pruitt (.381, 36 RBI, 0 HR, 38 R) is fourth in the OAC in
hitting and hits (56), tied for sixth in runs scored, and is seventh in RBI.
He also has recorded two or more hits in 19 of 40 games this season,
including seven outings with three or more.  Lizcano (.338, 44, 8, 37) leads
the circuit in home runs and slugging percentage (.662), is third in RBI and
on-base percentage (.467), and is tied for eighth in runs.  He leads the
team with 10 multi-RBI games.

On the mound, freshman right-hander Ryan Minteer (Venetia, Pa./Peters
Township) and junior righty Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) lead the starting
rotation.  Minteer (2.89 ERA, 34 K, 56.0 IP) is 4-2 in 11 appearances (eight
starts) with three complete games and is eighth in the OAC in ERA and tied
for 10th in innings pitched.  Fruhwirth (4.50, 34 K, 58.0) is 4-3 in 12
appearances (10 starts) with two complete games and is ninth in the league
in innings pitched.  Sophomore righty Chris Thomas (Canton/Perry) and senior
right-hander Sly Nino (Willard) fill out the starting rotation.  Thomas
(5.50, 29, 54.0) is 4-4 in 12 appearances (eight starts) and Nino (5.96, 13,
25.2) is 3-0 in nine appearances (five starts).

Senior righty Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview) and junior righty Teddy
Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) have combined for 45 appearances out of the
bullpen.  Brannum (4.00, 38, 45.0) is 7-0 in 22 appearances and is tied for
fifth in the league in wins, and Lowe (4.83, 18, 31.2) is 3-2 in 23
appearances.

Mount Union (27-13, 13-5 OAC) has made 12 appearances in the tournament and
is 8-22 all-time with one title (1970).  The Purple Raiders are led by
Connor Mathis (.450, 53, 1, 30), who leads the OAC in hitting, RBI and runs
scored, and is fourth in both OBP (.466) and slugging (.586).  Ricky Olasz
(.345, 16, 0, 35) and Lee Grosscup (.331, 25, 1, 37) also aid the Mount
Union attack.  Grosscup is tied for eighth in runs.

The starting rotation is anchored by Matt Murzynski (2.93, 28, 61.1), who is
8-2 in 12 appearances (10 starts) with one complete game and leads the
circuit in wins, is seventh in innings pitched, and 10th in ERA.  Zach
Carlino (3.00, 27, 51.0) is 6-1 in 11 appearances (eight starts) and Beau
Smith (5.04, 33, 50.0) is 4-5 in 11 appearances (nine starts).  Three Purple
Raider relievers have made nine or more appearances out of the bullpen, led
by Cory Douglass (4.70, 12, 15.1), who is 2-0 with two saves in 12 outings.

Defending OAC and NCAA champion No. 1 seed Marietta College (34-6, 16-2 OAC)
and No. 4 seed John Carroll University (18-20, 9-9 OAC) kick off the
tournament Thursday at 1 p.m.  Marietta is making its 29th straight
appearance and 40th overall and is 93-32-1 all-time in the tournament with a
league-record 28 titles.  JCU is making its fourth straight appearance and
10th overall, is 6-18 all-time and is seeking its first OAC crown.  The OAC
tournament champion will receive the league's automatic qualifying bid to
the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional.

Tournament Schedule
Thurs., 5/10
Game 1: #4 John Carroll vs. #1 Marietta, 1 p.m.
Game 2: #3 Heidelberg vs. #2 Mount Union, 4 p.m.

Fri., 5/11
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 11 p.m.
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 5: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 5 p.m.

Sat., 5/12
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 12 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): same teams as Game 6, 3 p.m.

Mount Union Plays Heidelberg in OAC Tournament Thursday; LIVE AUDIO and STATS

No. 2 seed Mount Union plays No. 3 seed Heidelberg in the first round of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Thursday at 4 pm at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta. Follow all the action with LIVE AUDIO and STATS right here.

Mount Union (27-13, 13-5 OAC) is making its second-straight tournament appearance after completing a record setting regular season in which the Purple Raiders won a school-record 27 games and posted their highest finish in the conference since 2002. Mount Union is making its 13th tournament appearance overall with an 8-22-1 record in tournament play. The Raiders tied Marietta for the OAC Tournament crown in 1970.

The Raiders may be the youngest team in the field as the roster has just three seniors with a sophomore dominated lineup for 16-year head coach Paul Hesse. Hesse went over 300 wins for his career this season and is the winningest baseball coach in school history (311-292-3).

Two of those super sophomores have headlined Mount Union's record season in pitcher/first baseman Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and outfielder Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone).

Carlino has five wins and a save in his last six pitching appearances that include wins against all three of the other teams in the tournament. At the plate, he is second on the team in runs batted in with 25 and fourth in batting average at .330.

Mathis has had a breakout season as he finished the regular season leading the conference in batting average (.450), hits (63) and runs batted in (53). He also tops the team in stolen bases with 14.

Three other sophomores in pitcher Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic), shortstop Lee Grosscup(Green/Green) and outfielder Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) have also had solid seasons. Murzynski is tied for the conference lead in wins with eight, Grosscup is hitting .331 with a team-high 11 doubles and 14 extra base hits while Olasz is second in batting average .345 and third in hits (45).

Heidelberg (25-15, 11-7) makes its 10th straight and 13th overall OAC Tournament appearance with a 23-17 record. The Student Prince have won four titles including three-straight from 2009-11. Heidelberg rallied in 10 innings for a 5-4 win to salvage a split at Mount Union and have not lost since – entering the tournament on an eight-game winning streak.

The Berg offense is paced by seniors Ross Pruitt and Ricardo Lizcano. Pruitt is hitting a team-best .381 and is fourth in the OAC in hits (56) and fifth in runs batted in (56) while Lizcano has eight home runs and 25 extra base hits and is second in the conference in RBI (44).

On the mound, freshman right-hander Ryan Minteer and junior righty Tyler Fruhwirth lead the starting rotation. Minteer is 4-2 with a team-best 2.89 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 56.0 innings pitched while Fruhwirth also has four wins with a 4.50 ERA and 34 strikeouts in a team-high 58.0 innings pitched.

Senior Daniel Brannum is one of the top relievers in the conference as he has a 7-0 record with two saves and is second in the conference with 22 appearances.

The winner of the game takes on the winner of the other first round matchup between No. 1 seed Marietta and No. 4 John Carroll that play at 3:30 pm Thursday.

Marietta (34-6, 16-2 OAC) will make a record 40th overall and 29th consecutive appearance in the OAC Tournament. The Pioneers have won 28 OAC Tournament titles, including 13 straight from 1990-2002, with an all-time OAC Tournament record stands at 93-32-1. Marietta, the defending National Champions and currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, have won nine of its last 10 games.

John Carroll (18-20, 9-9 OAC) is back in the OAC Tournament for a fourth straight season this spring. The Blue Streaks have made 10 total appearances and carry a 6-18 tournament record. The Blue Streaks have lost five of their last six games but the one win over that span was this past weekend at Ohio Northern and along with a win earlier this year against Marietta got them in the tournament.

Tickets for the OAC Tournament will go on sale, beginning at 12:30 pm Thursday. OAC Tournament passes are $15. Single-game adult tickets can be purchased for $7, while single-game senior citizen tickets are $5 and single-game non-OAC student tickets are $2. Weekend parking is $5, while single-day parking is $3.

2012 OAC Baseball Tournament
Don Schaly Stadium - Marietta, Ohio

Thursday, May 12

Game 1 - #1 Marietta vs. #4 John Carroll, 1 pm

Game 2 - #2 Mount Union vs. #3 Heidelberg, 4 pm

Friday, May 13

Game 3 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 11 am

Game 4 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2 pm

Game 5 - Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 5 pm

Saturday, May 14

Game 6 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 12 pm (Championship game)

Game 7 - if necessary same teams as Game 6, 3 pm
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