Local College Roundup: Dragons’ softball splits pair with Findlay
Tiffin’s softball team began the day by pounding Findlay, only to see the Oilers come back an double it up.
The Dragons won the first game, 9-1, while Findlay used a rally to knock off TU in the second, 6-3.
In the first game, TU’s Jena King tripled and drove in three runs as the Oilers used a seven run third inning to pull away.
Amber Young, who threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball picked up the win for the Dragons.
In the second game, the Dragons took an early lead with two runs in the first inning, only to see Findlay battle back with a run in the second and two in the third to take the lead. The Oilers added a run in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Tawna Whited hit a solo homer for the Oilers (12-6, 2-4 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), while Emily Reynolds drove in two runs. Findlay’s Jenna Motusa, the team’s leadoff hitter, went 4 for 4.
Tiffin’s Cassandra Brown had had three hits and scored twice as Tiffin fell to 9-13, 3-1.
TU baseball completes sweep of Hillsdale
K.C. Weber had a big day, and Tiffin University completed a three-game sweep of Hillsdale with a 13-7 victory.
The Dragons’ catcher doubled, scored twice and drove in four runs, helping Tiffin to a pair of five-run innings and turning Saturday’s contest into a rout.
Tiffin’s Roger Christiansen also had a big day, with two hits and three RBIs, Ryan Locke scored three times, with two hits and two RBIs. Ryan Williams had four hits and scored twice, while Cole McCurry scored three times.
Tyler Glass started for the Dragons, and allowed four runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, getting a no decision. Mike Cooperider relieved and got the win, allowing two runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Tiffin improved to 11-13, 5-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. It is 5-0 at home.
Hillsdale slipped to 10-11, 3-5.
TU lacrosse wins big
Alexandria Quast scored six goals and Emily Roussel had five as Tiffin University’s lacrosse team hammered Young Harris, 23-3 at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
Katelyn Hill had four goals for the Dragons, who improved to 2-6. Alexis McMillan had three goals for TU.
Jessica Bombard had two saves for TU.
Young Harris (1-13) got two goals from Taylor Lincoln.
Falk’s Hilltoppers come up short in D-II semi
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Alex Falk had 34 points in what turned out to be his final collegiate game Saturday.
The Upper Sandusky graduate who was named the Division II Player of the Year did well, but Metro State was better, taking a 13-point halftime lead and holding on for an 83-76 victory in the national semifinal game.
It was only West Liberty’s second loss of the season, as it finished 34-2. The Hiltoppers finished the regular season as the top-ranked team in Division II, but the Roadrunners, the No. 3 team, had all the answers Sunday.
Brandon Jefferson, Nicholas Kay and Jonathan Morse scored 17 points each Saturday for Metro State, three of five players who scored in double digits.
By contrast, only one West Liberty player besides Falk – Cedric Harris, who had 12 points – scored in double digits.
West Liberty State did get within one point, 69-68, with 3:02 left, but the Roadrunners (32-2) answered with a 9-1 run to seal things. They advance to play Drury April 7 in Atlanta for the national championship.