Varsity Athletics


Baldwin Wallace University Announces its 2011-2012 Major Athletics Award Winners

Carlin Vandendriessche

Sarah Baker

Alex Trzeciak

Catherine Spisak

BEREA, OHIO - Baldwin Wallace University has selected its all-time leading scorer in men’s soccer in Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina) and its all-time wins leader in women’s softball in Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) as its 2011-2012 Outstanding Senior Male and Female Athlete, respectively. The College also has tabbed senior standout men’s tennis scholar-athlete Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and senior women’s basketball student-athlete Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary Central Catholic) as its Clyde Lamb Award winners to the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Vandendriessche is the recipient of the Kenneth Steingass Award and Baker is the Most Outstanding Female Athlete. Trzeciak and Spisak earn the Clyde Lamb awards, which are symbolic of the school’s top senior student-athletes. Each of the ten (10) OAC schools select a Lamb Award winner who is recognized at the league’s spring awards dinner.

“All four student-athletes had outstanding careers and have represented Baldwin Wallace University with distinction both on and off the field of competition,” said Director of Athletics Kris A. Diaz. “We are extremely proud of them and their accomplishments, and the awards that they are receiving are well-deserved.”

Vandendriessche will graduate as arguably the best soccer player in school history. He owns school-records in matches played (84), shots taken (250), shots on goal (134), goals (46) and points scored (102). Vandendriessche holds single-season records for shots taken (76 in 2010), shots on-goal (42 in 2011), goals scored (16 in 2011) points scored (37 in 2011) and is tied for matches played (22 in both 2010 and 2011). As a senior in 2011-12, he led the team and the OAC in goals with 16 and points with 37 and had a team-best seven game-winning goals. Vandendriessche helped the Yellow Jackets earn their first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament berth. He was named as the OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week on three occassions. Vandendriessche is a 4-time All-OAC, 3-time All-Great Lakes Region and 2-time Ohio Soccer Coaches Association Division III All-Ohio selection. The international business and finance major hopes to pursue a business career.

Baker currently has 44 career victories and is the winningest pitcher in school history entering a season-ending OAC doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) at Marietta College. In terms of career numbers, she is first in wins, needs to pitch five innings at Marietta to be first in innings pitched (currently at 454), third in strikeouts (210), third in complete games (49) and tied for eighth in earned run average (2.37). In terms of season marks, Baker has the most wins (19 in 2010), second in complete games (21 in 2010) and tied for eighth in whiffs (88 in 2010). In addition to being one of the best pitchers ever to wear the Brown & Gold, she is a .267 career hitter (112-for-419) with 52 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, three homeruns, 60 runs batted-in and two stolen bases. She also is a two-time recipient of the OAC Softball Pitcher of the Week award. Academically, the early childhood education major carries a 3.35 grade point average and was a member of the Dean’s List.

Trzeciak, who carries a 3.8 grade point average in mathematics and economics and plans to attend graduate school next fall at Washington (Mo.) University, is second all-time in wins in men’s tennis and has an 85-20 career singles and 78-25 career doubles mark prior to hosting Marietta and Franciscan University in a doubleheader tomorrow in Berea.  His 163 career combination wins also are second all-time.  This season, Trzeciak has led BW to a perfect 23-0 overall and 8-0 OAC record, including 13 shutouts, and has helped BW to compile an amazing four-year slate of 82-13.  He is a three-time All-OAC first-team choice, twice named Academic All-OAC, was tabbed CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District as a sophomore and recognized the past two springs by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as a Scholar-Athlete. He is a Dean’s List student, a member of five separate academic honor societies and the recipient of a number of academic scholarships.

Spisak, who carries a 3.5 grade average in public relations and sport management, helped the Yellow Jackets to compile a 76-34 record with an OAC title and a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division III National Tournament.  The 2012 Academic All-OAC choice scored 451 career points and ended her career ninth on the school’s all-time rebounding list with 620. This season, Spisak averaged 4.0 points and a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game. Her 226 rebounds ranked seventh for a single season. As a sophomore in 2009-10, she was BW’s Most Improved Player Award winner. Spisak was extremely involved both on and off campus. For the past three years, she was heavily involved in the leadership of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), including serving as its President in 2011-12. Spisak also worked with the Student-Athlete Services Office (2010-12), was an Event Management Coordinator (2008-11) and was a Varsity Game Day Staff member (2008-12). At the 2011-12 Student-Athlete Awards Banquet, she received both the Leadership and the Jerry Zemelka Yellow Jacket awards. She also was a member of  the Dean’s List, the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and a public relations honor society.

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