The Oberlin Review

Men’s Baseball Closes Out CU Cardinals

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

March 16, 2012

Zach Jaspers is not a huge guy, listed at around 5 feet 7 inches and 150 pounds on the baseball roster. But on Sunday, the junior outfielder stood tall like a Yeoman, driving home the team’s seventh and game-winning run against the Concordia University Cardinals in a 7–6 victory. “Everybody was really excited about that,” Jaspers said of his hit. “It was a nice way to start the weekend off.” Quite the understatement. The Yeomen manufactured the momentum from Jasper’s game-winner into a second win, 8–4, later that Sunday against the Cardinals at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. And though the Yeomen dropped a tightly contested 5–4 game on Wednesday to Bluffton University, it’s safe to say...

Baseball Season Preview: Young Yeomen Aim High

Phoebe Hammer

March 2, 2012

The men’s baseball team is headed to Chillicothe, Ohio, to play Case Western Reserve University this weekend for its first game of the season. After a long preseason that included coming back to campus early for two-a-day practices, the Yeomen are ready to get on the field. “I’m just happy to be going outside again,” said sophomore second baseman Michael McDonald. “I couldn’t go to sleep last night thinking about the season. I’m really pumped, and I think everyone is.” It has been difficult for the men to practice in Williams Field House, especially sharing with other spring sports teams. “There is so much set-up for baseball,” explained Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz, who is beginning his second...

Women’s Basketball Competes, Falls in to Finish Regular Season

Kate Hanick

February 17, 2012

The women's basketball team played tenaciously against the No. 4 team in the nation, the DePauw University Tigers. DePauw boasted a 14–0 record in the North Coast Athletic Conference, a 20–1 record on the season and a secure spot in the playoffs when the Yeowomen took them on in a Philips Gym on Saturday. But, unfortunately, the game ended in another lopsided loss for the Yeowomen, 39-71. The Yeowomen kept the game close for the first 15 minutes, with first-year Christina Marquette scoring the first seven points for Oberlin. Unfortunately, the last nine minutes until halftime were not as successful, as the Tigers pulled away with 20 uncontested points and were up 12–35 at the end of the first session. “I...

Yeomen and Yeowomen Alike Receive Conference Accolades

John Crittenden, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

With spring sports at a close, the North Coast Athletic Conference recently honored numerous Yeomen and Yeowomen for their exemplary play. In women's tennis, junior Ariel Lewis received her third consecutive All-NCAC First Team selection. Lewis, who notched her 100th career win midway through the season, was also one of 32 players selected to play in the NCAA Singles Championships in her home state of California. When asked about her All-NCAC selection, Lewis said, “I'm honored to have received recognition by the conference. During the season I just play my matches; winning individual awards or honors isn't really the point so much as helping the team is. Still, it's rewarding to see that you are respected by t...

Baseball Earns Pair of Wins on Senior Day

Marissa Clardy, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

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 Sweep Doubleheader from Kenyon Lords

James Kriz

April 22, 2011

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...

Baseball Hits Its Stride in Arizona

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

April 6, 2011

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

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...

Baseball Season Being Washed Away

Ariel Lewis

March 18, 2011

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...

Baseball Set for a Record-Setting Spring

Alen Cisija

February 25, 2011

Our time has come. That's what the Oberlin College men’s baseball team is claiming as it finishes up preparations for the upcoming season. Coming off of a record-setting year in which they went 18–19 overall (8–8 NCAC), the Yeomen are looking to make their first-ever NCAC playoff appearance, having barely missed postseason competition last year. “Our expectations have never been higher going into the season. Coming off last year with a chance at the playoffs was a huge step forward for the program. Already coming off a historic season, I believe we have the right guys to build a legacy at Oberlin,” said sophomore standout Matt Fish. After losing only two of last season’s players to graduation, the...

In The Locker Room: Ben Puterbaugh

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

February 11, 2011

You're on pace to become the most successful baseball player in Oberlin's history. Do you ever think about that? Not really. I think I've just been lucky to have the opportunity to play all four years with good people around me. If you're having fun, you're successful. How long have you been playing baseball? I've been playing since I can remember just with my brother and friends, but I didn't start playing organized baseball until a little later. Did you play any other sports in high school? I played football for a year and basketball for two, but I never liked practicing for those sports, so I stuck with baseball. What other schools recruited you out of high school? Only smaller schools recruited ...

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