A Page -- May 9, 2011

Hiram College Softball Wins Second 

NCAC Tournament Title, Taking One of 

Two Games Against Denison

May 8, 2011

GRANVILLE, OHIO – Freshman outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) hit a double that allowed what turned out to be the game-winning run to score in the top of the seventh inning in the deciding game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament as the third-seeded Hiram College softball team defeated top-seeded Denison University, 3-2, today (Saturday, May 7) in Granville. 

The Terriers dropped the first game of the day to the Big Red, 6-3, forcing a deciding game and would prevail to claim their second NCAC Tournament title. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]

Following today’s games, the Terriers improve to 25-12 overall and will receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament. It is the Terriers first appearance since the 2009 season, when Hiram made its first-ever trip to the NCAC postseason. The Big Red will have to wait and see for a possible at-large birth to the national tournament with a 30-9 overall mark.

Needing only one win to claim the tournament title and after dropping the first matchup against Denison earlier in the day, the Big Red took the first lead of game two with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 advantage. 

But Hiram responded with two runs of its own in the top of the second thanks to a pair of RBI walks with bases loaded to tie the game at 2-2.

The game remained deadlocked as both teams could not get anything going until the top of the seventh inning when Hiram junior All-NCAC outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) would reach base via walk with one out. 

Following a sacrifice bunt by junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) to advance Smith to second base, Loyer connected on what turned out to be the game-winning RBI double allowing Smith to score and put the Terriers up 3-2. Freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) then closed the door getting the first three Denison hitters in the bottom half of the inning to record outs, including two strikeouts, sealing a 3-2 victory for Hiram and the NCAC Tournament Championship.

Hiram recorded just four hits in the game with two players each recording a pair of hits. Loyer finished the game two-of-three with two RBI. Fellow freshman Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) also posted two hits and went two-of-three with a run scored.

Lane pitched all seven innings and claimed her 13th win of the season and is now 13-7 overall. She allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out four batters.

In the first game, Denison took an early lead scoring three runs in the top of the third inning for a 3-0 margin. 

The Big Red added to their lead in the fifth with a run to increase the score to 4-0. Hiram cut the deficit in half with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI groundout by Loyer and a RBI double by sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Revere) to make the score 4-2. 

But Denison padded its lead with three runs in the top of the sixth to make it 6-2. Hiram crossed home plate one more time in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Singer with two outs. But the rally ended there as the Terriers recorded a strikeout in the next at bat, giving the Big Red a 6-3 victory and forced a deciding final game to decide the championship.

Hiram tallied 10 hits in the game and was led by three players who recorded a pair of hits. Smith finished two-of-three with a run scored. Loyer and junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) both posted two-of-four efforts with Loyer adding a run scored and a RBI and Langland tallied a run scored.

On the mound, Lane started the game, but only went one inning allowing three runs on two hits in addition to striking out one batter, and was given the loss. Sophomore Ashley Hinkle (Parma) pitched the final six innings giving up three runs on seven hits and struck out three batters.

Following the tournament, Singer was named the tournament most valuable player and to the All-Tournament Team. Joining her were the three L's --  Lane, Langland and Loyer.

Hiram will await to find out who its first opponent will be in the NCAA Division III Tournament which begins Thursday, May 12.

Three Oberlin Seniors Cap Careers With 

All-Conference Honors; all three played 

high school ball in Cleveland area

Westlake, Ohio - Phil Brua, Max Phinney and Ben Puterbaugh earned North Coast Athletic Conference honors, the league office announced on Thursday. Brua was named to the All-NCAC Second-Team, while Phinney and Puterbaugh were tabbed as honorable-mention selections. 

Brua, who split time between the bullpen and starting rotation, finished the season with five saves (third in the NCAC) and three wins. He led the team in appearances (20), innings pitched (51.2) and strikeouts (36). Hitters batted just .213 (second in the NCAC) against the native of nearby Avon, Ohio, who also averaged 6.31 strikeouts per nine innings. He leaves Oberlin as the all-time leader in saves (11) and appearances (65) and is second all-time in wins (15). 
Avon's Phil Brua

Phinney, a local product of Oberlin, led the Yeomen by hitting .357. He also paced the team in slugging (.470) and RBI’s (28) to go along with three outfield assists. Phinney was second on the team in hits (41), total bases (54) and doubles (8). Furthermore, he set a school record with five sacrifice flies. He departs Oberlin with 101 career hits. 
Oberlin's Max Phinney

Puterbaugh, who departs as the most decorated hitter in school history, started all 39 games this season and led the team in hits (44) and doubles (10) while tying for the team lead in total bases (56). He was third on the squad with a .331 batting average and was second with 23 RBI’s. 
Jackson High alum Ben Putterbaugh

A lifetime .349 hitter, Puterbaugh has 181 career hits, breaking the old school record by 39. His 518 at-bats and 241 total bases are also the most of any player who has ever donned the crimson and gold. He matched Troy DeWitt (2001-2004) with the most games played in school history with 151. Moreover he is second all-time in doubles by just one with 36 two-base hits. In 2009 he shattered the school’s single season hits record in just 20 games, before finishing the year with 61 hits. 

While the Yeomen will certainly miss these three seniors as well as the four other graduating seniors next spring, they have a young and talented core that will be returning in 2012. 

Four B-W Student/Athletes Selected to 

CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District

IV Team; Davis Qualifies for National 


BEREA, OHIO –  Four Baldwin-Wallace College Student/Athletes, softball players Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland), Katrina Resek (Strongsville) and Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) and baseball player Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Josephs Collegiate), have been named to the 2011 CoSIDA/ CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District IV team for their efforts in the classroom and on the field. Davis, who was named as a third-team Academic All-American a year ago and was a first-team selection for the third straight year, moves on the CoSIDA/ CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America ballot for the second straight year.
Mentor's Baker (L), Hinckley's Davis (R)

Davis, a senior who carries a 3.93 grade point average in athletic training, is the lone first-team selection. Resek, Baker and Toughey were all named as third-team All-District choices. Only the first-team selections advance to the national ballot.

Strongsville native Resek and Toughey

Davis, who is a three-time All-OAC and two-time All-Central Region player hiopes to continue an illustrious career. She, Resek and Baker have helped the Yellow Jackets compile a 27-9 overall record and this weekend led B-W to its first-ever OAC Tournament title. They currently await word from the NCAA Division III National Selection Committee to see if they will receive an At-Large berth in this week’s Division III National Tournament.

Individually this season, Davis is batting .353  (41-for-116) with 28 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, four homers, a team-leading 27 RBI and eight stolen bases in nine attempts. In the 18 OAC regular season games, Davis batted .328 with five doubles, one triple, three homeruns, 10 RBI, 12 runs scored and one stolen base. For her career, Davis has a .393 batting average (203-for-516) to rank second all-time. She is first all-time with 51 doubles, 512 at-bats and 144 RBI.  She also is second all-time with 203 hits and 137 in runs scored, third with 20 homers, fifth with 34 steals and sixth with seven triples.

In the classroom, Davis is a Dean’s List student who is a member of the Alpha Lamda, Dayton C. Miller and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies. She was tabbed this year as the OAC’s female Clyde Lamb Award winner for B-W. The award is symbolic of the school’s Most Outstanding Female Student/Athlete. She also is a member of COAST, a student athletic training organization, and is a Jacket Scholar.

Resek, who carries a 3.61 grade average in sports medicine and exercise science and hopes to pursue a career in cardiac health rehabilitation, is a four-year starter who began her career as a shortstop for the first two seasons and has played first base the past two seasons.  The Dean’s List students who is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies, had her best season as a colegian this spring by batting a career-high .328 (42-for-128) with 29 runs scored, three doubles, a homer, 14 RBI, a team-leading 16 stolen bases in 18 atempts and an outstanding and team-leading .997 fielding average.

For her career, Resek has a .312 batting average (159-for-510) with 98 runs scored, 20 doubles, seven triples, seven homers, 69 RBI and 42 stolen bases. She has four straight seasons of hitting .302 or better. Her 510 at-bats ranks second all-time, the 42 steals are third, the seven triples tie Davis for sixth, the 98 runs scored and 159 base hits rank seventh and her seven homers are 10th.

Baker, who carries a 3.31 grade average in early childhood education, is a member of the Dean’s List and both Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies.  This season, she made the Academic All-District team as a pitcher, but has combined her solid pitching ability by playing more in the outfield. In 11 appearances, including nine starting assignments, Baker has a 6-4 record with a 3.04 earned run average with 22 strikeouts in 50 and two-third innings pitched.

In just three seasons, Baker is among B-W’s all-time best hurlers. She has a 37-23 career record with a 2.43 ERA in 66 appearances, including 55 starts. She has 41 complete games, 10 total shutouts, including eight individually. Baker has struck out 175 batters in 369 and one-third innings. Her 37 wins rank second all-time, the 369 and one-third innings pitched rank fourth, the 41 complete games and 10 shutouts rank fifth, the 175 strikeouts are sixth and her 2.43 ERA is ninth.

Toughey, who carries a 3.93 grade point average in business administration and accounting and will earn a Master’s degree at B-W in its 3:2 Master’s of Accounting Program, started in the outfield for the 17-17 overall Yellow Jackets. Despite missing 11 games due to an injury, he batted .295 (23-for-78) with 18 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, one homerun, 11 RBI and seven steals in seven attempts.  In the classroom, he is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies and a Jacket/Scholar.