The Oberlin Review

Baseball Earns Pair of Wins on Senior Day

Marissa Clardy, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

The Oberlin baseball team capped off its season this past weekend with a trio of doubleheaders. Although the weekend was bookended by two pairs of losses to the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears on Friday and the Allegheny College Gators on Sunday, the Yeomen rallied to sweep both games on senior day Saturday against the Hiram College Terriers. Against the Polar Bears, Oberlin dropped two heartbreaking pitching duels by identical 3–2 scores. The team started off strong in the opener, taking a 2–0 lead after three innings on RBIs in the first and third by senior catcher Brandon Cantrill and senior outfielder Max Phinney, respectively. Senior starter Phil Brua was again a hard-luck loser, going the distance...

Yeomen and Yeowomen Give Strong Effort in Conference Tournament

John Critterden, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

The men's and women's tennis North Coast Athletic Conference Championships were held this past weekend at Oberlin College. Both the Yeomen and Yeowomen have reason to be proud of their achievements in the tournament, in addition to bright future prospects. The Yeomen played three matches, posting a 1–2 record to finish in a respectable sixth place in the conference. After being blanked by Wabash College in the quarterfinals 5–0, Oberlin notched a close 5–4 win over the Ohio Wesleyan University Bishops in the consolation bracket. They ended the tournament with a 5–2 loss in the fifth place match against Wittenberg University Tigers. The win against Ohio Wesleyan was especially sweet, as it gave the Yeomen...

Softball Ends Season With Two Wins, Looks Forward to 2012

Alen Cisija, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under Softball, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

Oberlin women’s softball finished its season in a marathon weekend that included four double headers on the road. The Yeowomen split decisions with the Kenyon College Lords, winning the first game 6–3 in an extra eighth inning but faltering 5–13 in their second bout. Against both the College of Wooster Scots and the Wittenberg University Tigers, Oberlin went 0–2. They were able to gear up and close their season with a pair of wins, however, sweeping Franciscan University 5–2 and 10–6. For the season, the Yeowomen posted an overall record of 5–27 (1–13 in the North Coast Athletic Conference). “While our record didn't turn out how we had anticipated, I think it was still a very productive season,”...

In the Locker Room: Joanna Johnson

Marissa Clardy

April 22, 2011

Filed under Cross Country, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Track and Field, Varsity Fall, Varsity Spring

You just automatically qualified for nationals in the 10k. What was your mindset going into and coming out of the race? The goal of the race was to qualify. I knew that was the plan. The qualifying time was 35 minutes, 48 seconds, so I set my goal pace a little below that. It didn’t go perfectly because I was running alone. I think that it could have gone better if I would have had other people to run with, but I can’t complain about having qualified. Coming out of the race, I was happy to know that I was definitely going, but I feel that I could have done better. You are an extremely dedicated runner. Was running always such a huge part of your life? No. It was a progression. I started running my so...

Tennis Teams Look to NCAC Tourney After Close Losses

Alen Cisija

April 22, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

The end of the regular season is fast approaching for both of Oberlin’s varsity tennis teams, as the Yeomen and Yeowomen are jockeying for position in the upcoming North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament next weekend. The men dropped two hard-fought matches this week against nationally ranked opponents, while the women’s side fell to sixth-ranked Denison. First up for the Yeomen was a tough test against the No. 27 Denison University Big Red (9¬–7, 2–0 NCAC). Oberlin (6–14, 1–1 NCAC) fought admirably but were eventually edged 1¬–8. The junior duo of Sam Towne and Joe Leffler scored the lone win for the Yeomen, knocking off the Big Red duo of Cam Williams and Andrew Marczak, 8–4, in third doub...

Yeomen Sweep Doubleheader from Kenyon Lords

James Kriz

April 22, 2011

Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

With the stakes as high as they’ve been all year, the Yeomen baseballers stepped up to the challenge, winning both contests in a crucial doubleheader against North Coast Athletic Conference foe Kenyon College by scores of 5–1 and 8–6 this past Sunday. It was a sunny but windy day at Dill Field, and this matchup had even more at stake on top of this fierce rivalry. With both squads jockeying for playoff berths, it was a must-win on both sides. The first game, while offering some suspense early on, was blown wide open by the Yeomen during the third inning. Oberlin scored a total of four runs in the frame, keyed by a two-run triple off the bat of sophomore infielder Eric Knight. Fellow sophomore outfielder Robin...

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Suffer Pair of Tough Losses

John Critterden

April 15, 2011

Filed under Lacrosse, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

The men's lacrosse team came up just short in two close games this week, on the road at 19th ranked Wittenberg University on Saturday, April 9, and home against the College of Wooster Scots on Wednesday, April 13. The Yeomen came out with confidence against the Tigers, taking a 5¬–4 lead early in the third quarter. Oberlin was unable to close out the win, however, ultimately falling 8–6 to the talented Wittenberg squad. Despite the disappointing result, the Yeomen can hold their heads high knowing that they gave the Tigers all they could handle with a hard-fought 60-minute effort. First-year midfielder Mickey Fiorillo and sophomore attacker Connor Jackson each scored twice in the loss to pace the Yeomen, with senior...

Baseball Hits Its Stride in Arizona

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

April 6, 2011

Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

The men’s baseball team’s highly anticipated 2011 campaign got into full swing over spring break, as the Yeomen headed to Arizona for the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational. After splitting an opening doubleheader with Middlebury College, Oberlin used strong pitching and timely hitting to sweep a double dip against Thomas College. Senior Grady Campion started for the Yeomen in game one, delivering five shutout innings. Oberlin’s lineup did just enough to get him the win, scoring the game’s only two runs in the top of the third. Senior catcher Brandon Cantrill delivered an RBI single and a wild pitch soon followed to score fellow senior infielder Ben Puterbaugh. Senior pitcher Phil Brua followed Campion,...

In the Locker Room: Philip Brua

Alen Cisija

March 18, 2011

Filed under Baseball, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

What can we expect from OC baseball this season? We expect to be in the playoffs this year. That’s the goal. Anything else would be seen as a failure. Our goal isn’t to go .500. Our goal is to get to the playoffs. We want to be the first team in school history to do that. What made the team successful last year? Our whole team dynamic has changed over the four years I’ve been here. Last year we had the best team chemistry and we just had the older guys step in and produce in crunch time. How is the team dealing with the transition to a new coach? There aren’t any dramatic changes. [Head coach] Adrian [Abrahamowicz] was an assistant before and he recruited my entire class. We all know him well be...

Oberlin Through an All-American’s Eyes

Joanna Johnson

March 18, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features, Track and Field, Varsity Spring

This is my rhythm. The humid air surging in and out of my lungs, the pounding of my heart, my arms swinging, my rubber soles drumming on the pavement. Having found my cadence, I relax and settle in. I clear my mind of all distractions and lose myself in the harmony of the movement produced by myself and those around me. Minutes and miles fly by, and I find myself turning the corner onto Union Street. The gym comes into view. “All right guys,” Jacob gasps between breaths. “Push through to the end.” We pick up the pace as we stride down the street, house by house. I never won a race in high school. I didn’t qualify for the California State Championships in cross country or track. I ran because I enjoyed it....

Men’s Lacrosse Battles Injuries, Falls Short Against Trine

James Kriz

March 18, 2011

Filed under Lacrosse, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

The men’s lacrosse team arrived in Angola, IN, with momentum from a strong 8–3 victory over Shenandoah University on March 12. This momentum wouldn’t be enough, however, as the Yeomen were unable to overcome missed opportunities and numerous injuries in a 12–4 loss against the Trine University Thunder on March 16. The Yeoman arrived with only 15 healthy players for the game. An injury to sophomore goalie Thomas Cool during the prior evening’s practice resulted in junior Teddy Pallis having to start at goalie. This was Pallis’ first-ever start at the position, and the lack of primary face-off specialist, sophomore midfielder Eli Clark-Davis, taxed the depth of the roster, leaving senior midfielder Rob Bond...

Baseball Season Being Washed Away

Ariel Lewis

March 18, 2011

Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Varsity Spring

Oberlin baseball has set their expectations high coming off the team’s record-breaking 2010 season. The Yeomen, who boast a squad heavy in senior talent, look to qualify for the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament for the first time in history — that is, if they ever get a chance to play. Now well into their seventh week of the 2011 season, the team has yet to hit the field for competition due to inclement weather. Most recently, the Yeomen’s March 15 match-up against Bluffton University was postponed to March 17 as the result of a downpour. Similarly, the team’s opening weekend — a doubleheader against Transylvania University set for March 5 — and two Sunday games slated for the March 13 were canceled...

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