A 5-for-5 day at the plate is impressive, but a 5-for-5 week in the circle really gets people to take notice.
Alyssa Barker got the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s attention when she won all five of her starts from March 31 through April 6 for Coppin State’s softball team. The Elyria graduate posted a 1.40 ERA and struck out 11 batters with two shutouts in winning the MEAC’s Pitcher of the Week award for the second time in her career.
“I’ve definitely improved by being smarter with my pitches,” the sophomore said. “Where to throw them and at what time, knowing when to throw a ball and when to throw a strike. I’ve developed more mentally as a pitcher.”
Barker had started in 25 of Coppin State’s 26 games through Sunday, with 17 starts in the circle, 20 pitching appearances and a 7-10 record. She had a 3.96 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 86⅔ innings with 11 complete games and two shutouts.
She also has been productive at the plate with a .333 average, which is second on the team among players who’ve accumulated at least 25 at-bats. She’s scored 12 runs, with seven doubles, a triple, nine RBIs and a .956 fielding percentage.
Just after winning the award for her pitching, Barker belted her first home run of the season in an 8-3 victory over McDaniel on April 9.
“It excited me,” Barker, an accounting major, said. “I had been hoping for a home run all season and had been getting so close and just coming up short. But this time I finally had one go over.”
- Familiar foes went head-to-head, briefly, when Akron softball squared off against Youngstown State on April 8. Penguins freshman Caitlyn Minney, an Elyria graduate, pitched 1⅓ innings in relief with one strikeout in picking up the win in an 8-7 victory. Her opponent was sophomore MacKenzie Conrad, who relieved in the third inning. Conrad, a Keystone graduate, pitched well — one run on four hits in 3⅓ innings — but took the loss and fell to 4-4. Conrad’s teammate and fellow Keystone graduate Erin Pond walked twice and struck out once. She is hitting .307 with 13 runs, three doubles and six RBIs.
- Kent State senior Kim Kirkpatrick hit her fourth home run of the season in a 7-2 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday. The Olmsted Falls graduate is hitting .294 with nine doubles, two triples and 12 RBIs.
- Keystone graduate Alyson Broschk had a double, a home run and drove in four runs in Cleveland State’s 5-1 win over UIC on Monday. The sophomore has three home runs and is tied for the team high with 19 RBIs.
- Elyria graduate Cynthia Woodard, a junior, leads the Vikings in runs (21), doubles (nine), home runs (five), RBIs (19) and is hitting .343.
- Baldwin Wallace freshman Samantha Dostall pitched her first career shutout in a 5-0 victory over Oberlin on April 6. The Firelands graduate improved to 3-2, allowing three hits, a walk and striking out two.
- Junior Mackenzie Brua, Dostall’s teammate, led off with a home run and drove in two more runs in the seventh with a double against Oberlin. The Avon graduate is hitting .368 with two home runs, nine doubles and 22 RBIs.
- Freshman Eric Lauer leads Kent State’s baseball team with a 1.64 ERA in 49⅓ innings pitched. The Midview graduate is 7-1 in eight starts, allowing just 26 hits and striking out 39.
- Stanford freshman Griffin Weir has a 4.05 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Cardinal. The Amherst graduate has allowed six hits and three earned runs in 6⅔ innings, striking out two.
- Sophomore Caleb Schillace has a 5.81 ERA in 13 relief appearances for Toledo. The Keystone graduate is 0-1 with 14 strikeouts in 26⅓ innings pitched.
- Bowling Green senior Andrew Kubuski — an Elyria Catholic grad — has 25 starts in 26 games and is hitting .293 with 15 runs and six RBIs.
- Central Michigan sophomore Neal Jacobs — an Avon resident and St. Ignatius graduate — is hitting .228 with two doubles, a triple and eight RBIs.
- Since returning from injury Feb. 22, Cleveland State freshman Lauren Golick has been on a tear. The Westlake graduate has competed at first singles the last 12 matches, going 7-5. She was named Horizon League player of the week Monday after going 2-0, highlighted by a comeback against Diana Tokar of Milwaukee.
- Bowling Green senior Nikki Chiricosta continues to add to her school record singles and total victories for the women’s tennis team. The Avon Lake graduate pushed her singles total to 95 and her career total to 189. She is second on the all-time doubles list, needing three more wins to tie the school record of 97 by Maddy Eccleston.
- Ohio Wesleyan senior Richie Karban won his doubles and singles matches against Calvin on Saturday, though the Bishops lost 6-3. The Elyria graduate is 6-21 at singles with a 5-9 record at second singles.
- Baldwin Wallace senior Morgan Baker won at first doubles and second singles, and her sister Mackenzi won at second doubles against Muskingum on Saturday. Both are Elyria Catholic graduates.
- Sophomore Sarah Alflen and junior Karli Sturgill won track and field events for Ohio Wesleyan at the Marv Frye Invitational on April 5. Alflen, an Avon Lake graduate, won the hammer with a throw of 153 feet, 1 inch. She also finished fifth in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Sturgill, a Keystone graduate, placed first in the javelin with a throw of 122-2 and was eighth in the pole vault. She went on to win All-Ohio honors at the All-Ohio Division III championship meet Saturday, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan. She placed third in the javelin. Alflen placed sixth in the hammer and seventh in the discus at the All-Ohio meet.
- Memphis junior Dan Kuhman won the 5,000 meters at the Joey Haines Invitational hosted by SEMO on April 5. The Elyria Catholic graduate clocked in at 15:01.64 and his 10 points helped the Tigers to a second-place finish with 189 points.
- Ashland junior Ryan Lynch placed 12th in the 800 at the Division II All-Ohio championship meet in Cincinnati. The Elyria Catholic graduate clocked 1:56.88.
- Calvin freshman Cassie Vince won the women’s 5,000 at the MIAA Jamboree at Alma College on Sunday. The Amherst graduate ran 17:16.97 and was part of a podium sweep for the Knights, which helped Calvin win the meet.
- Ithaca junior Alexa Rick won the 5,000 at the Rampo Invitational on April 5. The Elyria Catholic graduate finished in 18:11.87.
- Baldwin Wallace senior goalie Bridget Walsh (Elyria Catholic) made four saves in the women’s lacrosse team’s 24-4 victory over Wilmington on Saturday, which was the Yellow Jackets’ first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference victory. Baldwin Wallace improved to 11-2.
- Oberlin senior Sarah Andrews scored her fourth goal of the season against Washington & Jefferson on Saturday. The Oberlin High graduate has started all nine games and has five points with 20 shots, 13 on goal.
- Youngstown State junior Bryan Yeo tied for eighth with a 221 and the Penguins finished fourth at the Villanova Wildcat Invitational on March 31-April 1. The Keystone graduate had rounds of 75, 75 and a par 71 to finish 8 over par.
- Ashland freshman Kaitlin Neumann tied for 10th at the Walsh University Invitational on Sunday and Monday. The Avon graduate shot 10-over 159 in helping the Eagles tie for second.
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