The University of Findlay baseball team continued to get lock-down pitching from Drew Hargrove and Alex Williams and clutch hitting from Jordan Garcia as the Oilers, playing on their home field for the first time this season, swept a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader from Lake Erie College on Sunday.
Hargrove allowed four hits, no runs, struck out five and walked just one and Garcia supplied the offense with a two-run fifth-inning single as UF (6-11, 3-4 GLIAC) won the opener 2-0.
In the second game, Tyler Donaldson’s RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth inning drove in what proved to be the winning run and Williams, for the second time in a week, set down all six batters he faced with two perfect innings of relief in the Oilers’ 3-2 win. Williams and UF starter Jon Walker limited Lake Erie to two hits over seven innings.
Lake Erie 000 000 0 — 0 4 0 Findlay 000 020 x — 2 4 2
WP — Hargrove (2-3). LP — Raley (3-2). top hitters: (UF) Garcia 1B, 2 RBI.
Lake Erie 000 020 0 — 2 2 0 Findlay 200 100 x — 3 5 1
WP — Walker (1-2). SV–Williams (2). LP — Kilway (2-2). top hitters: (UF) Schrock 2-1B; Donaldson 3B, RBI; Draper 1B, RBI.
records: Lake Erie College 10-10 overall, 4-3 GLIAC; Findlay 6-11, 3-4.
UF softball teams splits
TIFFIN — A five-run first inning sparked Findlay in the first game and a four-run third inning carried Tiffin in the second as the Oilers and Dragons split a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Sunday.
Winning pitcher Tawna Whited drew a bases-loaded walk and Hopewell-Loudon graduate Lauren Trumpler had a two-run single during UF’s five-run rally in the first inning of the opener. Trumpler and Courtney Dwyer added RBI doubles in the third inning.
Tiffin’s Madison Yaneck had three hits, including a two-run double in the first inning, and Payton Denman (2B, 1B, RBI) and Taylor Spang (2-1B, RBI) had two each in the second game.
Tiffin 020 101 0 — 4 8 5 Findlay 512 101 x — 10 8 4
WP — Whited (8-1). LP — Yanek. top hitters: (TU) Prokopakis 3-1B, RBI. (UF) Dwyer 2B, 1B, RBI; Trumpler 1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Whited 1B, 2 RBI.
Findlay 201 000 0 — 3 4 2 Tiffin 304 100 x — 8 14 2
WP — Spang (1-0). LP — Messersmith (0-1). top hitters: (UF) Stewart 2B, RBI; Funk 2-1B. (TU) Yanek 2-1B, 2B, 2 RBI; King 2-1B; Denman 2B, 1B, RBI; Spang 2-1B, RBI.
records: University of Findlay 9-6 overall, 3-3 GLIAC; Tiffin 13-6, 3-1.
Western wins regional semi
Six University of Findlay riders won individual events to lead the school’s western equestrian team to the overall title in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s regional semifinals hosted by UF over the weekend at the UF Animal Science Center.
UF topped the regional field with 33 points. Berry College (Ga.) edged Nebraska 27-23 for second.
UF’s Kristina Schneider (novice), Ali Gokey (intermediate) and Ashley Winters (open reining) netted individual firsts in western horsemanship competition. Sarah Shedd (novice), Marissa Phillips (advanced) and Laura Bailey (intermediate) earned their firsts in team events.
UF’s western equestrian team, as well as the top four finishers in each event, will next compete in the IHSA national championships May 1-4 in Harrisburg, Pa.
ihsa REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
TEAM SANDINGS — 1, University of Findlay 33. 2, Berry College (Ga.) 27. 3, Nebraska 23. 4, (tie) Oregon State, Morrisville State (N.Y.) and Mt. Holyoke 11. 7, Black Hawk College (Ill.) 10. 8, Kentucky 6. 9, Centenary College (N.J.) 0.
UF INDIVIDUAL-EVENT RESULTS
OPEN — 3, Kaitlin LeBlanc. NOVICE — 1, Kristina Schneider. BEGINNER — 2, Emily Schaefer. INTERMEDIATE — 1, Ali Gokey. OPEN REINING — 1, Ashley Winters; 2, Jared Deatrick.
UF TEAM-EVENT RESULTS
NOVICE — 1, Sarah Shedd. BEGINNER — 4, Lindsey Testerman. OPEN — 3, Melissa McDonald. ADVANCED — 1, Marissa Phillips. INTERMEDIATE — 1, Laura Bailey. OPEN REINING — 2. Josh Clevenger.
SPARKILL, N.Y. — The University of Findlay women’s lacrosse team staked itself to an early lead before St. Thomas Aquinas University took control for a 20-8 nonconference win over the Oilers on Saturday.
Findlay (2-6) led 2-1 in the first 10 minutes of the contest before St. Thomas Aquinas scored 12 straight goals.
Freshman Nicole Stines had five of the Oilers’ eight goals with sophomore Sarah Lankton accounting for the other three.
UF goalkeeper Katie Poorman recorded 10 saves as the Oilers were outshot 38-20.
Kelly Kucinski and Margaret Sharp both scored five goals for St. Thomas Aquinas (7-2).
Welch wins hammer
RALEIGH, N.C. — The University of Findlay’s Justin Welch was an easy winner in the men’s hammer throw Saturday when the Oilers competed in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State.
Welch, a junior, had little problem topping the predominantly Division I field as he won his specialty with a toss of 230-1, nearly 19 feet better than runner-up Antonio James of Michigan State (211-7).
Junior Dillon Webster also put together a solid performance in the 800-meter run by placing eighth in 1:50.37.
Senior Marcus Vicars finished fifth in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 54-4¾. Freshman Alexander Zolotoglavyy also earned a top-eight finish for the Oilers by placing sixth in the long jump (23-5½).
In the women’s meet, Kendra Averesch set a school record in the women’s shot put. Averesch, a junior from Leipsic, finished fourth in the event with an NCAA provisional qualifying and school record toss of 47-8½.
Elmwood graduate and Bowling Green State University freshman Kori Reiser won the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 182-6.