GROVE CITY – Five Grove City College spring sports athletes earned weekly recognition from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in honor of their respective performances last week.
Grove City swept the conference awards in men’s tennis as Ryne Talko captured Player of the Week distinction and Jack Booker secured Rookie of the Week.
• Talko and Booker helped Grove City to a 2-0 start in conference play as the Wolverines downed Westminster and Geneva. Talko went a combined 4-0 in 2 GCC conference victories. He dropped only 1 game at No. 3 singles, earning a 6-0, 6-0 win at Westminster and a 6-0, 6-1 win at Geneva. He and Karsten Lagerquist also teamed for 2 victories at No. 1 doubles.
Booker went 2-0 at No. 1 singles, including a 6-0, 6-0 win at Westminster. Booker also earned 2 wins at second doubles, combining with Collier Kaufman in an 8-1 win at Westminster and Jameson Sposato in an 8-3 victory at Geneva.
• Grove City also produced a pair of award-winners in baseball as 2nd baseman Bobby Abbott earned Hitter of the Week, and Rookie of the Week honors went to reliever Nick Guidas.
Abbott helped Grove City to a 4-0 week by hitting .500 (8 for 16) with 3 doubles, 8 runs batted in and 5 runs scored. He capped the week by going 5 for 8 with 2 doubles and 6 RBI helping Grove City sweep a doubleheader at Thiel. Abbott ranks 3rd in the conference with a .481 batting average and leads the conference with 26 hits and ranks 2nd with 7 doubles.
Guidas went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 2 appearances. He struck out 9 and walked 1 in 5 2/3 innings. After 2 scoreless innings at Saint Vincent, Guidas earned the relief win in the conference nightcap at Thiel. He struck out 6 in 3 2/3 innings as Grove City pulled out a 9-6 win. Guidas ranks 4th in the conference with 26 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. His 2.55 ERA ranks 5th in the loop.
• Face-off specialist Grant Evans earned Defensive Player of the Week honors in lacrosse.
Evans helped lead Grove City to a 22-9 win at Saint Vincent in both teams’ conference opener. He won 20 of 22 face-offs and also picked up 20 ground balls – the most by a conference player this season. Evans, a 3e-time PAC Defensive Player of the Week selection this season, added a goal and an assist in Grove City’s win.
He ranks 2nd in NCAA Division III in face-off percentage (86.6, 84 of 97). He leads all NCAA Division III men who have played more than 1 game this spring. He also ranks 2nd nationally in ground balls per game (15.80). Evans leads all D-III competitors who have played multiple games.
The baseball team visits Franciscan for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday, and the men’s lacrosse team hosts Franciscan at 3 p.m. Saturday.
• Women’s Tennis – GCC improved to 3-0 in the PAC by earning a 9-0 victory Tuesday afternoon over visiting Saint Vincent at Walters-Zbell Courts.
All six of Grove City’s singles wins came in straight sets and five of the nine total wins came via shutout.
Morgan Happe, Madi Reed, Alexis Chappel, Faith Keating, Logan Fuss (Grove City High), and Lillian Jeynes captured singles wins for Grove City College. Fuss and Keating also teamed up for an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles.
Grove City (3-1 overall) will visit Geneva at 6 p.m. Wednesday in conference action.
• Men’s Tennis – The Grove City College men’s tennis team earned its third straight victory by picking up a 9-0 win Tuesday afternoon over visiting Saint Vincent in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play at Walters-Zbell Court. Grove City improved to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
After sweeping the three doubles matches, Grove City won all six singles matches in straight sets.
The Wolverines will visit Waynesburg in conference play Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m.
• Men’s Golf – The Wolverines placed fifth at the Saint Vincent Invitational Tuesday at Latrobe Country Club. Grove City compiled a team score of 339. Westminster won the event with a 307.
Junior Tanner McCreadie (Grove City High) and senior Jacob McConnell tied for 10th place overall to help lead Grove City’s five-man squad. McCreadie and McConnell both fired 83s.
Senior Scott Hangliter finished one shot back at 84. He tied for 16th. Junior Peyton Brogan took 23rd with an 89 and senior Zack Spang finished 28th with a round of 92.
Westminster’s Jonny Stuckert earned medalist with a 71.
The Wolverines will host the annual McBride-Behringer-Allen “MBA” Invitational Thursday at Grove City Country Club.
• Men’s Soccer – Freshman midfielder Chris DeLucia scored 110 seconds into overtime Tueday night to lift the Wolverines to a 3-2 victory at Chatham in PAC action at Graham Field.
DeLucia gave Grove City its second straight overtime win by scoring at 91:50 after receiving an assist from sophomore forward Sam Belitz. It is DeLucia’s first career game-winning goal and his second score of the spring 2021 campaign.
Belitz factored into all three Grove City goals Tuesday night. He tied the match 1-1 by scoring an unassisted goal at 14:46. Grove City (4-1, 4-1 PAC) then took a 2-1 lead at the 29:33 mark when Belitz assisted a go-ahead goal by senior forward Seth Wade.
Chatham forged a 2-2 tie at 63:39 on a Gunnar Graham goal. Chatham opened the scoring when Pasqual Despinos scored 11:47 into the match.
Grove City owned a 20-8 shot edge in shots, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. Grove City also recorded seven corner kicks. Chatham had one corner.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jesse Greyshock earned the win for Grove City after playing the final 46:50. Junior Luke Greenway made one save in 45 minutes of first-half action.
Belitz scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 double-overtime win over visiting Westminster last Wednesday night at Don Lyle Field. He has a team-leading five goals and 12 points this season.
The Wolverines will host conference foe Franciscan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Don Lyle Field.
• Softball – Grove City College opened its 2021 Presidents’ Athletic Conference schedule by splitting a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Saint Vincent. Grove City earned a 4-2 victory in the opener. In Game Two, Grove City scored twice in the seventh inning to forge a 6-6 tie but ultimately in nine innings, 7-6.
Senior DP Hannah Dietz highlighted Game One for Grove City by belting her 11th career home run, a two-run blast in the first inning. Dietz now has sole possession of Grove City’s career home run record. She had been tied for first place with former standout Kelsey Shirey (2011-15).
Dietz’s home run gave Grove City a 2-0 lead. The Wolverines then extended the lead with single runs in the third and sixth innings. Junior second baseman Cara Polese singled in junior center fielder Morgan Prouty in the third inning. In the sixth, junior shortstop Lexi Buck drove home sophomore right fielder Mariah Francis with a sacrifice fly.
Senior pitcher Ashley Cornelius fired a complete game for Grove City and earned her fifth victory. She allowed one earned run in seven innings. Cornelius struck out three and walked one.
Grove City trailed 6-4 in the nightcap but rallied in the seventh inning. Freshman third baseman Maralee Caldana singled home freshman pinch runner Erin Mulholland to cut the lead to 6-5. Freshman Lauren McNeil ran for Caldana and later scored the tying run on Prouty’s single to right field.
The Wolverines took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when sophomore pitcher Janessa Dawson doubled and then scored on a Dietz single. Saint Vincent countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, taking its first lead of the nightcap.
Grove City reclaimed the lead with a three-run fifth inning. Dawson singled and later scored on a Dietz double. Dietz scored the tying run when Caldana scored. Buck put Grove City up 4-3 when her single brought in senior first baseman Haley Dietz.
Grove City finished with 14 hits. Hannah Dietz went 3 for 4. Buck, Caldana, Dawson, Polese and Prouty each had two hits.
Dawson pitched four innings and allowed three earned runs. Freshman Kaitlyn Constantino pitched three innings of relief and struck out two. She yielded one earned run. Cornelius pitched the eighth and ninth innings, alllowing one run. She took the setback.
Seventeen Grove City players competed in Game Two.
The Wolverines (6-10, 1-1 PAC) will host Thiel at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in a conference doubleheader.
• The women’s track & field team swept the PAC weekly awards. Senior Selena Thomas (Farrell High) was named the track Athlete of the Week, Erynn Daubenmire earned field Athlete of the Week, and Jessica Fatigati was tabbed Rookie of the Week.
At the Golden Tornado Classic hosted by Geneva College Thomas posted 1st-place finishes in the 100- (12.95) and 200-meter dashes (27.09), and long jump (17-04.25, 5.29 meters). Thomas also anchored Westminster’s 1st-place 4x100 relay (51.36).
Daubenmire registered a throw of 115 feet, 14 inches (35.15 meters) in the discus and a throw of 119-10 (36.52 meters) in the javelin. Both were personal bests for Daubenmire. Her throw in the javelin tops the league’s performance list and ranks No. 30 in D-III. Daubenmire’s throw in the discus is No. 2 in the PAC.
Fatigati was a member of Westminster’s 1st-place 4x100 (51.36) and 4x400 (4:16.91) relay teams, and also posted a runner-up finish in the 100 (13.20). The Titans’ 4x400 relay time tops the PAC’s performance list.
• Amon Sams was named PAC track Athlete of the Week. Sams posted first-place finishes in the 100 (11.23) and 200 (22.43) Saturday at Geneva’s Golden Tornado Classic.
The Titans will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Greenville for the Thiel College Invitational.
• Lauren Lampus was named PAC volleyball Rookie of the Week. Lampus hit .321 with 12 kills in a 3-1 win over Franciscan. She added 7 digs. Lampus is averaging 2.15 kills and 2.85 digs per set this season, helping Westminster push its league record to 8-0.
Westminster will be back on the court on today for its regular-season finale at Waynesburg beginning at 6 p.m.
• Calen Cummins was named PAC Golfer of the Week. Cummins posted a 5-over 77 to claim medalist honors at the Westminster Spring Invitational. The 35-player event was contested at the Avalon Field Club in New Castle. Cummins tied with two other players to top the leaderboard, but earned medalist honors on a scorecard playoff. It was Cummins’ 1st career individual win. Westminster earned its 2nd straight tournament title with a team score of 310.
• Women’s Tennis – The Titans lost their first match of the season to fifth-ranked Carnegie Mellon in a non-conference contest at home on Tuesday.
Titan first-year Amanda Barrett fought hard at No. 1 singles, however, lost in a tiebreaker, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3).
The Titans fell to 4-1 on the season, while the Tartans improved to 11-0.
Westminster is back on the court Sunday, April 11 with its home regular season finale against Saint Vincent at 1:30 p.m.
• Softball – Westminster remained undefeated with their 18th-straight win following a sweep of Washington & Jefferson on the road in both team’s PAC opener on Tuesday.
The Titans shut out the Presidents in game one, 6-0, and won game two in six innings, 11-1. The shutout was Westminster’s sixth of the season. Westminster’s 18-game winning streak ranks second-longest in program history.
Westminster (18-0, 2-0 PAC) scored the first run in game one when senior Haley Bedalota connected on an RBI-single. The Titans followed with two runs in the fourth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh. Sophomores Leah Pancake and Mackenzie Latess highlighted the sixth inning with back-to-back home runs. Pancake now has a PAC-best five home runs on the season, two more than second-place. Junior pitcher Madison Brown improved to 8-0 with her conference-best fourth complete-game shutout (also two more than second-place), while striking out six batters.
Washington & Jefferson (8-9-1, 0-2-0 PAC) scored its only run in game two (and of the day) in the first inning off a sacrifice fly. Titan sophomore Brooke Atkins scored the tying run in the third inning. First-year Elizabeth Malczak (Grove City High) put the Titans in front, 3-1, with a two-run shot in the fourth inning. The Titans added another run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and five in the sixth forcing the game to be called due to the mercy rule. Malczak threw another gem for her team-best ninth win of the season, only allowing four hits in a complete-game effort. Malczak also has the most wins in the league without a loss at 9-0. Westminster outhit W&J, 20-4, led by Latess who went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. For the day, Latess went 6-for-7 with three RBIs and scored four times.
The Titans are back on the field Wednesday with a home doubleheader versus Geneva. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
• Women’s Soccer – The Titans won, 1-0, against Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Waynesburg University at home at the UPMC Sports Complex in New Wilmington Tuesday evening.
In the first half, Westminster (4-1, 4-1 PAC) tallied the first goal of the game in the 29th minute off the right foot of junior Ashley Frank, who fired a shot off a Yellow Jacket defender and into the right portion of the net to give the Titans a 1-0 lead, a lead they held into intermission.
Waynesburg (1-4, 1-4 PAC) established a touch of momentum late in the second half, resulting in a corner kick in the 85th minute, but the Westminster back line held strong and sealed the victory.
Westminster outshot Waynesburg (25-10) for the game and bested the Yellow Jackets in shots on goals (15-4). The Titans also collected more corner kicks (8-3) in the contest. Titan junior goalkeeper Camille Holzschuh earned the shutout, her second of the season, after making four saves in goal.
Westminster will return to the pitch on Friday when it takes on Chatham University in a conference matchup at home inside the UPMC Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
• Tyler Zere was named PAC men’s golf Rookie of the Week. It was his 2nd Rookie of the Week award in as many weeks. Zere helped lead the Tomcats to a 4th-place team finish at Westminster Spring Invitational. He tied for 7th individually after carding a 7-over-par 79. Zere was also named the PAC Rookie of the Week after he tied for 4th at the Thiel Spring Invitational with a 4-over-par 74.