The Yellow Jacket Spring Sports Teams Are Off to a Great Start
BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University spring sport teams are off to a great start.
The two-time defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion men's tennis team is 14-0 overall and leads the OAC with a 3-0 record and next plays on Saturday against Marietta College at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea at 1:00 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets have won 21 straight matches dating back to last season and 27 OAC matches in a row dating back to April 26, 2003. Veteran Head Coach Brian Rector is 280-59 in his 17-year career at BW.
The men are led by sophomore All-OAC number one singles and doubles player James Daly (Akron/ Firestone), last week's OAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week, with a 17-2 overall singles mark. Daly teams with freshman Jim Kucera (Mentor) for a 15-2 doubles record. Others with strong singles records are senior Brandon May (New Philadelphia) at 10-6 at No.2, junior Ryan McCartney (Lorain/ Admiral King) at 13-3 at No.3, Kucera is 12-4 at No.4, freshman Zach Long (Ashland/ Senior) is 12-4 at No.5 and senior Dan Mitoff (Lorain/ Admiral King) is 8-1 and junior Dave Bensch (Oak Harbor) is 4-1 and have combined for a 12-2 slate at No.6. In doubles and in addition to Daly and Kucera, May and Long are 15-1 at No.2, including a perfect 14-0 slate in dual matches, and McCartney and Mitoff are 12-3 at No.3.
The softball team took an 8-8 overall and 1-1 OAC record into today (Monday, April 3) versus Oberlin College in Berea. Tomorrow (Apr. 4), the women are at Heidelberg College for an OAC doubleheader and hosts Otterbein College this Saturday, April 8 for two games at 1:00 p.m.
Last Saturday, the Yellow Jackets upset sixth-ranked Muskingum College, 4-2, in Berea. Senior two-time All-American catcher-turned shortstop Nicole Loudin (Sheffield Lake/ Elyria Catholic) had the game-winning hit when she clubbed her school-record 29th career homer -- a two-run shot -- in the bottom of the sixth inning of the first game. Senior catcher Molly Sersig (West Salem) followed as the next batter and hit her team-leading fourth homer of the season.
Overall, senior LF Ellen Wolke (Middletown/ Fenwick) tops the team in hitting at .372 with four doubles, two homeruns and 10 runs batted-in. Freshman P/OF Katey Munshower (Natrona Heights, Pa./ Highlands) is hitting .367 with two doubles and five RBI. Sersig is hitting .362 with four doubles and has a team-leading four homers and 17 RBI. On the mound, Munshower is the top pitcher at 6-2 with a 2.51 earned run average and 25 strikeouts in 47 and one-third innings pitched.
The women's tennis team had a 7-5 overall and 3-1 OAC mark prior to hosting Case today on the "Pop" Collins Courts. The Yellow Jackets women had won seven of their last nine matches prior to playing Case. The team is led by junior 2004 OAC Player of the Year and No.1 singles and doubles player Andrea Isaac (New Philadelphia) with a 14-4 singles mark and a 13-5 doubles slate with sophomore partner Meggie Glassburn (Canton/ Jackson). In addition to Isaac, sophomore No.2 player Tiffany Allison (Chagrin Falls/ Kenston) is 9-5, Glassburn has compiled an 11-6 mark and sophomore No.4 player Krista Marshall (Medina/ Senior) is 8-7 overall. In doubles play, Allison and Marshall are 10-6 and senior Liz Moore (Huron) and freshman Alyssa Trampert (Buffalo, N.Y./ Orchard Park) are 6-6.
In addition to its match versus Case today (April 1), the women's tennis team is home on Wednesday (Apr. 5) to play Heidelberg at 3:30 p.m., home on Friday to host Wooster at 3:30 p.m. and at Marietta on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
The women's track team won the OAC Northern Quad Meet last Saturday at Heidelberg and competes again this Friday with the men's team at Ohio Wesleyan. The Yellow Jacket women, the defending OAC outdoor champions who also won the last two OAC indoor crowns, have won every meet that they have competed at this year with a full team.
At the OAC Quad Meet, senior Liz Redd (Canton/ GlenOak) led all BW competitors by winning the 100 and 200 meter dashes individually and ran on the winning 400 and 1600 meter relay teams. In addition to Redd, freshman Rebekah Paul (Gibsonburg) won the 400 meter dash, was second in the 200 and ran on the winning 1600 meter relay squad, and senior sprinter Mark Griglak (Berea/ Lutheran West) was third in both the 100 and 200 dashes and ran on both winning relay teams.
The women's golf team finished fourth of 11 teams last weekend at the Capital Tournament in Columbus and returns to the Capital City this Saturday to compete at the annual Ohio Cup Tournament at Ohio Dominican. Sophomore Molly Scheetz (Canton/ Perry) tops the team with a 92.0 stroke average. The Capital tourney was the first of the spring for first-year Head Coach Kelly Warnke's squad. In addition to Scheetz, junior Sarah Hacker (New Albany, Ind./ Our Lady of Providence) and senior Lauren Buckner (Westlake) are returning All-OAC players.
The men's golf team was idle last weekend and competes at the Denison tourney this weekend. Sophomore Matt Lewis (Canal Fulton/ Northwest) and senior Joe Tornabene (Canton/ Jackson) have the top averages at 74.33 each. To date, the Yellow Jackets have competed twice, finishing second at the Mt. Union Whispering Winds Invitational in Pinehurst (S.C.) and third of 14 teams at the March 24-25 Muskingum College Invitational Tournament. The top player this spring is senior two-time All-OAC player Bobby Santerre (Cincinnati/ LaSalle). So far this spring, Lewis led BW at Pinehurst when he carded a career-low round of 72, and at Muskingum, senior Gary Petit (Marietta) had a career-low round of 70 on the second day. Overall, all seven players on third-year Head Coach Chris Kibler's roster are averaging less than 80 strokes per round. Santerre is third at 74.67.