B Page - April 6, 2010

CSU Softball ...

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VIKINGS TABBED AS PRESEASON FAVORITE:  Cleveland State, which claimed the 2008 Horizon League Softball regular season crown and the 2009 league tournament title, is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2010 Horizon League title in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches. The Vikings received seven first place and one second place vote, good for 63 total points.  The complete poll is below:

2010 Horizon League Preseason Poll
School (1st Place Votes)    Votes
1. Cleveland State (7), 63
2. UIC (1), 57
3. Wright State (1), 46
T-4. Butler, 38
T-4. Loyola, 38
6. Valparaiso, 37
7. Green Bay, 22
8. Youngstown State, 15
9. Detroit, 8

VIKINGS REPRESENTED IN NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State is ranked in the top 50 nationally in seven of the 11 categories in the most recent NCAA statistics, which were released on March 30.  CSU was sixth in stolen bases (2.5/game), 16th in doubles (1.65),  26th in slugging percentage (.490), 28th in home runs (1.04), 34th in won-loss percentage (.731), 37th in scoring (5.62) and 43rd in batting average (.299).    Individually, freshman Tess Sito was fourth in batting average (.523), sixth in slugging percentage (.977), seventh in stolen bases (0.81), 15th in home runs/game (0.38) and 19th in total home runs (10).  Jessica Burt was 34th in stolen bases (0.62) and Amanda Macenko was 16th in victories (15).

GORDON TIES HR RECORD:  When Lia Gordon blasted a third inning home run in the 6-1 win over UIC on Sunday, it allowed the senior to tie the CSU career record with her 21st career round tripper.  Amy Jauert (1995-98) originally set the record but Gordon, who hit a school record 13 home runs last season, tied her with her fourth HR of the year.

. . . BUT SITO IS READY TO TAKE A RECORD AWAY:  A solo home run by Tess Sito on Friday against UIC moved the freshman into a second place tie with Amanda Houchin (2009) on the single season home run chart with 11 this year.  Gordon holds the record with 13 in 53 games last year but Sito is coming on fast, recording her 11 long balls in just 29 games.

MACENKO IS CLOSING IN ON 100:  Already the winningest pitcher in Cleveland State history, senior Amanda Macenko is quickly closing in on the 100-win mark for her career.  Macenko was the winning pitcher in Friday's 4-3 win over UIC, moving her to 16-8 with a 2.48 ERA this year and giving her the 96th victory in her career.  She recently added the school record for career appearances to her lengthy list of school marks, breaking Grace Luginbuhl's old record of 151 (Macenko now has 161).

STOP THAT THIEF:  The Vikings are stealing bases at a school-record pace this year, ranking sixth nationally averaging 2.48 steals a game.  CSU has stolen 72 bases in 89 attempts (.808).  Freshman Tess Sito leads the league and ranks fifth nationally with 23 stolen bases and despite having half a season to go, she already ranks eighth on the CSU single season steal list.  Junior Jessica Burt has been perfect on the base paths, ranking 34th in the nation with 19 steals in 19 attempts.  Sophomore Alicia Nichols, who led the team with 17 steals last year, is 11-for-15 on the year.
Tess Sito
Tess Sito

SITO IN THE CIRCLE: Although the hitting accomplishments of freshman Tess Sito have been extraordinary this season, she has recently returned to the circle and put up some strong numbers.  In two games against UIC last week, Sito went 1-0 with a 2.15 ERA in 13 innings. She threw six strong innings in the Vikings 4-3 win on Friday, leaving the game with the contest tied at 3-3.  On Saturday, she scattered six hits in a 6-1 win over the Flames.  Sito was a two-time Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year at Elyria High School, going 53-5 and a 0.22 ERA with 643 strikeouts in 367.2 innings.

. . . AND AT THE PLATE:  Through 29 games, Tess Sito leads (or shares the lead) the team in batting average (.511), runs (27), hits (48), doubles (7), HR's (11), total bases (90), slugging percentage (.957), stolen bases (23) and on base percentage (.566).  She is ahead of a school record pace for batting average, slugging percentage and on base percentage and, with as many as 28 games left, is close to moving into the season top 10 in several other categories.

DON'T FORGET TOMAN: Lost in the performance of Sito this season has been the play of freshman Dara Toman, who is quietly turning in an outstanding year.  She is one of three players to play in all 29 games, earning 28 starts at second base and shortstop, hitting .265. She is second on the team with six home runs and 24 RBI and third with 20 runs scored.  Defensively, she has made just seven errors in 111 chances for a .937 fielding percentage.

20 WINS: The two wins against UIC over the weekend improved CSU to 21-8 on the year, giving the Vikings their ninth straight season of 20 wins or more.  The last time CSU failed to win 20 games was in 2001 when the Vikings posted a 19-33 mark.  With the 20-win mark accomplished, CSU can set its sights on reaching the 30-win plateau for the fifth straight year.  The school record is 38 wins in 2006.

NEXT UP:  The Vikings take to the road for nine straight games, starting with a doubleheader at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, April 13th at 3:00 p.m.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/5/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Michelle LeonardParma, 3/14, Brookgate Lanes;

Dennis Dorko, Cleveland, 3/30, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Mike Menge, Cleveland, 3/31, Red Circle Lanes;

Chris Burz, Fairview Park, 3/31, Buckeye Lanes;

Terry Crippen, North Ridgeville, 3/31, Buckeye Lanes;

Michael Timoteo, Fairview Park, 4/2, Fairview Lanes;

Andrew Jendre, Independence, 4/2, Seven Hills Lanes;

Sameul Sofish, Cleveland, 4/2, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Jeff Schreiber, Fairview Park, 4/2, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Erik Curry, Cleveland, 4/4, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Steve Horvath, Brecksville, 4/5, Seven Hills Lanes;

Louis Hetrick, Brooklyn, 4/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

James Kilroy, Solon, 4/5, Pawnee Lanes;



    299 Games

Ronald Weiss, Lakewood, 4/1, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Dennis Dorko, Cleveland, 3/30, Cloverleaf Lanes (802);

Terry Crippen, North Ridgeville, 3/31, Buckeye Lanes (844);

David Finley, Sagamore Hills, 4/1, Cloverleaf Lanes (836);

Jeff Schreiber, Fairview Park, 4/2, Freeway Lanes of Parma (822);

Hiram/Mount Baseball ...

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Mount Union junior Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) had four hits with a pair home runs and extended his school-record hit streak to 25 games as the Purple Raiders belted out a season-high 23 hits.

Greg Ferrell

Ferrell was not the only Raider with a big day at the plate as senior catcher Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) also had four hits and drove in four runs while junior first baseman Dan Henderson (Canton/GlenOak) had his first home run of the season and drove in four runs.

Junior third baseman Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) drove in two runs and every starter for the Raiders registered at least one hit.
Craig Knott

The first six Mount Union hitters reached base in both the first and second innings as the Raiders' batted around and scored six runs in each frame to take a commanding 12-0 lead.

Senior pitcher Paul Mariotti (Copley/Copley) started and scattered seven hits over four innings to grab his first win of the season.
Paul Mariotti

Mount Union quickly took control of the game scoring six runs in the top of the first and second innings to lead 12-0.  Hiram got on the board in the bottom of the second on a defensive error that allowed sophomore Lance Townsend (Garrettsville) to score from third base. 

The Purple Raiders answered the Hiram score with a run of their own in the top of the third to increase the margin to 13-1.  Hiram made up some ground in the third thanks to a RBI double by Townsend and a two-RBI double by junior outfielder Doug Adkins(Frazeysburg/Riverview), making the score 13-4. 

 The Terriers went on to add a run in the fifth and three runs in the eighth thanks to a pinch hit three-run homerun by senior Matt Rinaldi (Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral), his first of the season.  Mount Union scored two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth en route to the 16-8 final.

Hiram recorded 12 hits, but would be outhit for the game, 23-12.  The Terriers were led by Adkins who finished three-of-five with a run scored and two RBI.  Townsend, sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes) and junior outfielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) all recorded two hits.  Townsend also scored two runs and a RBI.  Travis Richey also scored a run.

On the mound, freshman Josh Weber (Lorain/Clearview) started the game and pitched one complete inning allowing 10 runs on 10 hits and had two strikeouts.  He would also be given the loss and is now 1-5 overall for the season.  Four other Terriers would also see playing time.

Hiram will travel to Gambier tomorrow (Wednesday, Apr. 7) for the first of two NCAC doubleheaders that were postponed earlier this season against the Lords.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

B-W/Malone Tennis ...

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In singles play, B-W won all six matches and outscored Malone, 72-18.  At No.1, Pecinovsky won, 6-1 and 6-1, No.2 Greene won, 6-4 and 6-3, No.3 Mittler won, 6-3 and 6-1, No.4 Pelosi won, 6-0 and 6-0, No.5 Essigwon, 6-1 and 6-2, and No.6 Marshall won, 6-1 and 6-1.  With her win, Pelosi captured her team-leading 10th win and improved to 10-4 overall and Marshall won at No.6 and improved to 9-5 overall. In addition,Pecinovsky is now 7-8, Green is 6-10, Mittler is 8-8 and Essig is 6-11.

In addition to the regular match, junior Nicole Fung (Strongsville) defeated Malone’s Katie Burch in exhibition play, 8-1.

The B-W women are now idle until Saturday, April 10 when it plays a key Ohio Athletic Conference match against Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University at 1:00 p.m. and then play NCAA Division II Lake Erie College at 3:00 p.m. at JCU.  The next home match is on Wednesday, April 14 when the Yellow Jackets host OAC arch-rival Mount Union College at the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea at 3:30 p.m.


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Senior Katie Broere posted a top-10 finish, placing ninth with a 54 hole career-low score of 230 (75-75-80).

Katie Broere


"Katie had a great tournament," Miklos said. "She didn't have her best today, but hung in there and battled through it."

Senior Laren Beese tied for 25th with rounds of 83-77-87 (247).

Host Longwood won the event with a three round total of 903 (302-298-303), while Nicole Sakamoto of James Madison claimed medalist honors with a 218 (73-75-70). She was six shots better than a trio who finished tied for second.

The Vikings will play their final tournament before the league championship on April 17-18 at the Bowling Green Falcon Invitational. The 36 hole event will be played at the par-72, 5,983 yard Stone Ridge G.C.


9. Katie Broere, 75-75-80 - 230
T-25. Laren Beese, 83-77-87 - 247
32. Ariel Sparrow, 88-85-80 - 253
T-35. Lisa Barber, 86-90-83 - 259
39. Annie Teicher, 90-90-87 - 267 

Ariel Sparrow

Strongsville's Ariel Sparrow

Vermilion native Tim Clark on the mound for CSU at the Freight
(Student/Athlete-Cleveland photo by Nick Minerd)

CSU (6-17) started with Vermilion’s Tim Clark, who had a fine showing in his last outing in relief here. Clark went 6 2/3 innings and left with no decision since the score was tied when he exited.


B-W (6-10) used an assortment of locals on the hill, starting with Copley alumnus Dave Redovian, followed by Wadsworth’s Jon Tenley, Stow’s Brian Boveington, and Twinsburg’s Pat Havens. 

 CSU/B-W Baseball ...

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Doubles produced all the scoring in the early going. After Elyria High graduate Nolan Neuschaefer was hit by a pitch to start the game and was moved over to second on a sacrifice by Matt Rollins, Avon Lake native Scott Nealon smacked a ground rule double over the right center field fence to score the first run of the game.


The Freight has come to be known as a park with many ground rule doubles due to the surface.


Euclid’s Jim Martin drove in the second run of the game with a sacrifice fly.

Former Panther Jimmy Martin


The Vikings cut the Yellow Jackets lead in half in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles at the top of the order. It started with a short double to shallow center field that St. Ignatius alumnus Alex Johnson hustled to second on when the Jacket outfielders were deliberating.


Holy Name alum Alex Gnezda followed that with a long double that bounced off the 400 foot marker in straight away center to score Johnson, making it 2-1.

Alex Gnezda



The third inning was singles time for the Yellow Jackets. Consecutive singles by fraternal twins Scott and Chris Nealon and Martin produced the first run. Chris went to third on Martin’s single and then the two executed the double steal to manufacture the second run, Martin getting himself into a run down and providing the red herring for Nealon to steal home while conceding the out.

Scott Nealon
(Student/Athlete-Cleveland photo by Nick Minerd)


Triple vision took hold in the bottom of the third. CSU got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when Gnezda gave himself five total bases in two plate appearances by creaming a triple to go with his earlier double, scoring on a wild pitch to make it 4-2, where it stood by the time the game was one-third complete.


To make the full cycle, it was the home run ball that brought the hosts back in the sixth inning.  Tyler Wynn and Chuck Gasti hit two-out, back-to-back home runs over the left field wall in the sixth to tie it, 4-4, for the Vikings.

Chuck Gasti

Chuck Gasti, two-home-run boy

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Strongsville native Brent Casto used his legs to provide the run that gave the Vikings their first lead of the game, blooping a double, moving to third on a sac bunt by Johnson and scoring on a wild pitch in the seventh, making it 5-4 with two stanzas left to complete.

Brent Casto



B-W tied it in the top of the eighth when Chris Nealon and Martin led off the inning with singles and the former eventually scored on the sac/ground ball merry go round.


CSU got the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Gasti went downtown again, this time over the center field wall and with Wynn on the base paths.


Both teams enjoyed one-pitch relief. Joe Gradney relieved Clark in the seventh with the bases loaded and needed only one pitch to get a ground ball and subsequent fielders’ choice to end the inning. Gradney went most of the rest earn the win.

CSU coach Kevin Kocks (left) and B-W coach
Bob Fisher 
(Student/Athlete-Cleveland photo by Nick Minerd)


Boveington relieved Tenley after the back-to-back homers and a single to Tom Carter, throwing only one pitch, as Gnezda threw out Carter trying to steal to douse the fire.

Pat Shedlock

Pat "Sheddy" Shedlock

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Scott Nealon drove in the run in the seventh with his third hit and then University School grad Pat Shedlock, the Sun Newspapers Most Valuable Player in hockey last year, came in to get the save by retiring Chris Nealon.