ONU’s Altaffer tosses five-hitter



ONU 3, Cornell 1(Iowa)

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Sophomore Blake Altaffer (Montpelier) threw a complete-game 5-hitter on Wednesday afternoon, leading the Ohio Northern baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Cornell (Iowa) at Lake Myrtle Park.

The Polar Bears improve to 7-4, while the Rams fall to 6-3.

In his first collegiate start, Altaffer (1-0) struck out eight and allowed only a first inning run.

The Rams scored in home half of the first on a double and a single, but would manage only three hits off Altaffer the rest of the way.

In fact, all three of Cornell’s base hits and its lone walk ended with the runner being put out on the bases, allowing the sophomore to face the minimum 24 batters in the final eight innings.

Northern grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth as sophomore Andrew Stechschulte (Findlay) led off the inning with a walk, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Dakota Durick (New Castle, Ind.) and advanced to third on a single by freshman Robbie Reed (Goshen, Ky./Trinity).

Sophomore Joey Kennedy (Sterling Heights, Mich./Foley Catholic) followed with an RBI single to score Stechschulte and tie the game at 1-1.

Reed and Durick advanced one base each on a long fly ball by junior Logan Stevens (Plain City/Jonathan Alder) and Reed scored on a single by senior Corey McMann (Flower Mound, Tex./Liberty Christian).

Senior Jacob Wenning (Coldwater) made it 3-1 with a 2-out, RBI single to score Stevens in the top of the seventh.

Women’s Tennis

ONU 7, Mary Hardin-Baylor 2

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Ohio Northern women’s tennis team improved to 3-0 on its spring break trip Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) at the USTA Courts.

The Polar Bears improve to 6-3 overall on the season while dropping the Crusaders to 4-6.

Northern won two of the three doubles courts.

Freshman Abby Cruser (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) and Jenna Bell (Latrobe, Pa.) won 8-7(1) at No. 1 doubles, and freshman Jamie Hurst (Granger, Ind./Penn) and sophomore Julianne Sheldon (Ashtabula/Saint John) won 8-4 at No. 2.

The Polar Bears proceeded to win five of the six singles courts to clinch the match.

Hurst won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Bell won 6-0, 4-6, 10-4 at No. 3, senior Regan Landis (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) won 5-7, 6-4, 12-10 at No. 4, junior Olivia Kesner (Lima/Central Catholic) won 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 at No. 5, and sophomore Katie O’Connell (Novi, Mich./Saint Catherine) won 7-6(4), 6-2 at No. 6.

Men’s Lacrosse

Hampden 10, ONU 5

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. — After a 5-0 start, the Ohio Northern men’s lacrosse team suffered its first setback of the season Wednesday, falling 10-5 to Hampden-Sydney (Va.) at Everett Stadium as part of the team’s spring break trip.

The Polar Bears (5-1 overall) were led offensively by seniors Tyler Ferguson (Springboro) and Alex Reimer (Lancaster, N.Y.) and junior John Lynn (Cincinnati/Sycamore), who finished with two points each.

Ferguson tallied a team-best two goals, while Reimer and Lynn each had one goal and one assist.

Senior Andrew Reimer (Lancaster, N.Y.) and sophomore Joe Keeley (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) led ONU with four ground balls apiece, and Keeley added three caused turnovers.

Senior Cole Zaferakis (Liverpool, N.Y.) moved to 5-1 in goal on the season after tallying 17 saves for ONU.

The Polar Bears return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. at No. 20 Roanoke (Va.) for the final game of their spring