UF Roundup: Welch hammers another record

COLUMBUS — The University of Findlay’s Justin Welch was fourth in the hammer throw to lead area athletes at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Classic on Saturday.
Welch uncorked a throw of 233-7 for his fourth-place finish. He was beaten only by Kent State junior Matthias Tayala (235-1), Pan-Am games gold medalist Kibwe Johnson (240-11) and Olympian A.G. Kruger (248-11).
Welch’s toss was a new school record and the longest throw ever by an NCAA Division II athlete.
The Oilers did have a champion in the men’s meet as Dillon Webster captured the 800 in a time of 1:50.71. Teammate Derek Collins was sixth in the long jump (22-6½).
Ohio Northern’s Mark Berton, a St. Wendelin grad and Findlay native, finished fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase.
In the women’s meet, former Pandora-Gilboa standout Ellie Braidic won the women’s pole vault for Eastern Michigan with a jump of 13-1½.
The Oilers’ Maud Sanmiquel, Shelby Stump (Hardin Northern), Adrianna Powell-Lawrence and Kadesha Roberts were third in the 1,600 relay (3:51.42).
Lydia Guagenti (Bluffton) was third in the high jump, Kendra Averesch (Leipsic) was fourth in the shot put (49-4¼) and Sanmiquel was fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:01.43) for the Oilers.

Lacrosse falls to Lake Erie
PAINESVILLE — The University of Findlay women’s lacrosse team fell to 6-9 on the season with a 22-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at Lake Erie College Saturday.
The Oilers (4-3 GLIAC) trailed just 11-7 score at the half, but the Storm broke the game open in the second half by scoring six straight goals to take a commanding 17-7 lead.
UF freshman Erin Stacho led the team with four goals and three ground balls while sophomore Sarah Lankton added two scores, one assist, four ground balls and ten draw controls in the loss.
Freshman Kyra Bradley had two goals while sophomore Victoria Predmore, freshman Nicole Stines and freshman Allison Kelly each chipped in one goal apiece.
Sophomore Katie Poorman took the loss for Findlay, making eight saves in the game.
Kayla Bohn had five goals and Samantha Gryba and Hana Abu-Kwiek both added four for the Storm (8-7, 5-1).
The Oilers host Notre Dame College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Donnell Stadium.

Softball sweeps Walsh
NORTH CANTON — Elmwood graduate Emily Reynolds singled in the University of Findlay softball team’s lone run in a 1-0 win against Walsh University on Saturday and her fourth-inning solo home run was the difference in the Oilers’ 4-3 nine-inning victory in the nightcap to sweep the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.
Tawna Whited (14-6) gave up one hit, striking out five and walking four in seven innings to pick up the victory in the circle in the opening game.
Whited worked seven innings in the second game, allowing no earned runs on eight hits, but it was Karla Maul (1-0) who picked up the win after tossing two innings of no-hit ball to close the game.
Tori Allen’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jackie Messersmith to improve UF’s record to 18-13 overall and 10-10 in the GLIAC.
Abby Funk singled twice and drove in a run and Messersmith added a double for the Oilers.
Casi Rohr (14-11) threw a total of 121/3 innings on the day, surrendering two earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks to sustain both losses for Walsh (26-16, 13-9).
FIRST GAME
Findlay 001 000 0 — 1 3 3 Walsh 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
WP — Whited (14-6). LP — Rohr (14-10). top hitters: (UF) Reynolds 1B, RBI.
records: Findlay 18-13, 10-10 GLIAC; Walsh 25-16, 13-9.

SECOND GAME
Walsh 000 300 000 — 3 8 3 Findlay 010 200 001 — 4 8 3
WP — Maul (1-0). LP — Rohr (14-11). top hitters: (Wal) Simon 1B, 2B; Bondoni 1B, RBI; Anderson 2-1B; Fach 1B, RBI. (UF) Allen 1B, RBI; Reynolds HR, 1B, RBI; Funk 2-1B, RBI; Messersmith 2B.
records: Findlay 18-13, 10-10 GLIAC; Walsh 25-16, 13-9.

Baseball splits at Hillsdale
HILLSDALE, Mich. — Riverdale graduate Derek Draper did not allow an earned run, struck out eight and did not give up a walk in seven innings as the University of Findlay baseball team blanked Hillsdale 8-0 to earn a doubleheader split on Saturday and win the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference weekend series 2-1.
Draper (1-2) added an RBI single in the third inning as part of the Oilers’ six-run spurt in the frame.
Joe Sickler singled twice and drove in three runs, Kevin Schrock singled in two runs, Peter Yorgen added three singles and an RBI and Nick Antonides notched two singles and a double for UF (11-22, 8-15 GLIAC).
Tad Sobieszczanski belted a two-run home run and Vinny Delicata added a three-run shot as Hillsdale (13-26, 11-13) sunk the Oilers 6-2 in the first game of the day.
Jon Walker (2-5) went six innings, surrendering five earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks to suffer the loss.
Sickler singled and doubled, while Antonides and Michael Louis each recorded a single and an RBI for UF.
FIRST GAME
Findlay 000 011 0 — 2 7 2 Hillsdale 200 031 x — 6 4 0
WP — Lee (4-2). LP — Walker (2-5). top hitters: (UF) Sickler 1B, 2B; Antonides 1B, RBI; Louis 1B, RBI. (Hil) Sobieszczanski HR, 1B, 2 RBI; Delicata HR, 3 RBI.
records: Findlay 11-22, 8-15 GLIAC; Hillsdale 13-26, 11-13 GLIAC.
SECOND GAME
Findlay 006 200 0 — 8 13 1 Hillsdale 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
WP — Draper (1-2). LP — Armstrong (1-6). top hitters: (UF) Antonides 2-1B, 2B; Yorgen 3-1B, RBI; Rothenbuhler 2-1B; Draper 1B, RBI; Sickler 2-1B, 3 RBI; Schrock 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Findlay 11-22, 8-15 GLIAC; Hillsdale 13-26, 11-13 GLIAC.

Men’s golf tied for fourth
The University of Findlay men’s golf team is currently in a tie for fourth place at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Spring Invitational, which wrapped up the first round of action on Saturday at the Winding Hollow Golf Club in New Albany.
The Oilers shot a 310 in the opening round and were led by Jack Kastor, who is tied for third with a 73. Marcus Hunt and Dustin Lieber are both tied for 15th with a 77 for the Oilers as well.
Jake North (83) and Matthew Fisher (84) are also representing Findlay at the tournament, which will conclude tomorrow.

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