Area roundup: ONU lacross cruises

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. — The Ohio Northern men’s lacrosse program received hat tricks from senior attack Noah St. Croix (Irondequoit, N.Y.) and junior attack Cameron Marous (Brecksville) and utilized a 49-17 shooting advantage Wednesday afternoon to upend nonconference foe Pfeiffer (N.C.) 22-8 at Lefko Field in the second game of their three-game Spring Break road trip.

With the victory, the Polar Bears improve to 3-1 this season and extend their current road game win streak to 10 consecutive contests, dating back to last season. Meanwhile, the Falcons drop to 2-3 overall in 2019.

St. Croix scored a career-high four goals to record his first hat trick this season and lead the Polar Bear scoring. Meanwhile, Marous ended with three goals for his third hat trick in four games this year.

Ohio Northern also received three assists from senior midfielder Mitch Groves (Fishers, Ind./Bishop Chatard) and sophomore attack Joshua Foster (Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian).

Defensively, Groves led the way with three caused turnovers while junior Chris DiMarco (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) paced ONU with four ground balls and a nine-for-thirteen effort in the faceoff circle.

ONU runner honored

ADA — Senior All-American distance runner Ian McVey (Stow/Munroe Falls) has been named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year for the 2019 indoor season, the national office announced Wednesday.

This season, McVey posted the fastest one-mile, 3,000-meter, and 5,000-meter run times and helped establish the third-fastest DMR time in the region. His 3,000 and 5,000 meter times are also among the top-ten times on the NCAA Division III national performance list.

In addition, the senior was crowned the Ohio Athletic Conference champion in the 3,000-meter run and finished second in the 5,000-meter run at the OAC Championships in February.

With his efforts this season, McVey reset the ONU school records in the 3k and 5k events. The Stow product raced to an 8:16.99 clocking in the 3,000 at the GVSU Big Meet and shattered the 5,000 record with a 14:20.45 performance at the GVSU Holiday Invite in December.

ONU baseball cruises

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Ohio Northern baseball program rolled past nonconference foe Bridgewater (Va.) Wednesday afternoon, capturing a 15-5 victory at Osceola Heritage Park #2 in Kissimmee, Fla. as part of the 2019 RussMatt Invitational.

The Polar Bears improve to 3-2 overall following the midweek victory. Meanwhile, Bridgewater drops to 3-7 overall this season.

Senior Luke Klinehoffer (Zanesville/John Glenn) and sophomore Will Davis (Upper Arlington/Bishop Watterson) headlined an offensive barrage that produced 15 hits in the contest.

Klinehoffer led the way with a five-for-six effort at the dish. He would score four runs during the contest and chip in one RBI to the offensive output.

Meanwhile, Davis racked up a team-high three RBI on a two-for-four outing. The Upper Arlington native also scored twice and recorded a double in his four plate appearances.

On the mound, junior right-handed pitcher Troy Wagner (Liberty Township/Lakota West) received his first win this season after tossing the first four innings on Wednesday afternoon. He would concede three earned runs and strike out four batters.

Northern went on to score three more runs in the final two innings as freshman Chayten Overholt (Delphos/Lincolnview), senior Caleb Thomas (Strongsville), and junior Jake Gherardi (Youngstown/Austintown-Fitch) each recorded RBI singles down the stretch.

Bluffton softball dominates

PLANT CITY, Fla. - The Bluffton University softball squad picked up on Wednesday where they left off Monday as they added another win to their record in a dominating 10-2 victory over Simmons in six innings. In game two, they revisited Saint Joseph’s (Me.) and nearly exacted some revenge, but came up just short as the Beavers lost a hard fought game by the score of 7-6. Bluffton now stands 2-4 overall with two more days of action from Florida.

Simmons cracked the scoreboard in the top of the first when they put up a run. Bluffton would respond in the bottom half as Megan Hill (Arcadia) grounded out to second with the bases full, sending Kelsey Reeder (Galion/Northmor) home to knot the score at 1-1 after one inning.

Bluffton kept the pedal to the metal in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Reeder rocketed a double to left center that scored Riley Langstaff (Findlay). The scoreboard showed 2-1 in favor of the Beavers after two innings.

The bottom of the third got even better as Courtney Jasinski (Englewood/Northmont) walked to start the inning. Caylin Morstadt (Delaware/Rutherford B. Hayes) was hit by a pitch, giving the Beavers runners at first and second with no outs. Brianna Baker (Defiance/Ayersville) doubled home both Jasinski and Morstadt, putting the Beavers ahead 4-1.

After three straight scoreless innings, Simmons cut the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Beavers. Bluffton did more damage in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Casey Clark (Lima/Central Catholic) stepped to the plate with Morstadt at third and Hill at first, and singled to second base, scoring Morstadt and moving Hill up 60 feet. The Beavers left the bases loaded to end the fifth, but they did get the bats warmed up with four hits in the inning.

Morstadt went a perfect 3-for-3 with a team-high three runs. Clark was 2-of-3 and drove in two runs for the victors. Langstaff finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Hill also went 2-of-4 with a run and an RBI. Sophomore Katie McCord (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) got her second win in as many starts, tossing all six innings while giving up just two runs.

Bluffton had 14 hits in 30 at-bats compared to eight hits in 24 at-bats for the Sharks.

Bluffton played confident and aggressive at the plate in the fifth inning as they were locked in and focused. Sydney Bowen (Convoy/Crestview) drew a leadoff walk and Jasinski singled, putting runners on first and second with no outs. With Morstadt up to bat, Jasinski and Bowen stole second and third, and when the throw to third went into left field, Bowen trotted home and Jasinski slid into third. Morstadt then picked up Jasinski with her two-bagger to left field. Hill followed with another double which scored Morstadt as the Beavers cut the deficit to 7-6!

Alexis Montemarano (Brook Park/Berea-Midpark) got the start for Bluffton, giving up four runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of action. Freshman Molly Bollinger (Lima/Shawnee) came on in relief, pitching 4.2 innings while giving up three runs and 11 hits.

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