The Grove City College men's golf team hosted seven other programs in the annual McBride-Behringer-Allen "MBA" Invitational Monday afternoon at Grove City Country Club in the Wolverines' 2010 season finale.
Grove City entered two teams in the nine-team field. The Crimson squad placed sixth with a team score of 324 while Grove City White earned seventh at 325. Notre Dame (Ohio) won the team title with a cumulative score of 304. Saint Vincent took second with a 307.
Matt Landin led the White team by finishing 15th in the 47-golfer field with a 78. Billy Van Treueren shot a 79 for the White team, good for 17th.
For the Grove City Crimson team, Blake Brogan and Ian Finney tied for 22nd as each golfer shot an 80.
Point Park's Darin Kowalski earned medalist honors with a 1-under 71. Point Park's Austin Elder and Saint Vincent's Jeff Varga both shot 72s.
The event is named in honor of three gentlemen who have made a profound impact on GCC and its golf program: longtime trustee Milford "Miff" McBride, former golf coach and director of athletics R. Jack Behringer and longtime Grove City golf coach Bill Allen.
Grove City 6, Thiel 3
GCC completed a season sweep of longtime Presidents' Athletic Conference rival Thiel Wednesday afternoon as five players posted multi-hit outings for the Wolverines, who are now 8-4 in the PAC and 15-14 overall.
Catcher Marcus Magister and freshman second baseman Zach Butler both doubled and singled in the win. Left fielder Butch Kriger, shortstop Scott Moran and right fielder Josh Sacks all had two hits each.
Senior pitcher Mike Herringshaw earned the victory and is now 8-2 on the season. Herringshaw allowed three runs in eight innings. He struck out two, walked one and scattered 10 hits. Cory Metcalf pitched the ninth to earn his first collegiate save. GCC trailed 2-1 entering the top of the fourth but took the lead for good with a three-run rally. Moran and Magister opened the inning with consecutive singles. Moran scored on a wild pitch and Magister then scored the go-ahead run on a Kriger single. Butler doubled in Kriger to give GCC a 4-2 lead.
The Wolverines closed the scoring in the top of the sixth. Moran reached on an error and came home on Magister's double. Senior first baseman Tyler Thompson then laced a single that scored Magister.
GCC out-hit Thiel 14-11. The Wolverines are 11-2 when producing more hits than the opposition in a game.
Walsh 8, Grove City 1
The GCC men's tennis team wrapped up the 2010 season Tuesday afternoon with an 8-1 non-conference setback at NAIA Walsh. The Wolverines conclude the campaign with an 8-6 overall record.
Sophomore Scott Yanak earned the Wolverines' point at sixth singles over Walsh's Chase Pucci, 6-3 and 6-1. Grove City has now earned 11 consecutive winning seasons and has finished .500 or better in 22 straight years.
Doubleheader - Game 1: Waynesburg 4, Grove City 0; Game 2 Waynesburg 5, Grove City 4
GCC dropped to 5-7 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Wednesday as visiting Waynesburg took both ends of a doubleheader.
GCC (the designated visiting team) trailed 4-2 entering the top of the seventh of Game 2. However, the Wolverines rallied for a pair of runs. Senior center fielder Heidi Lohr opened the inning with a triple. Lohr then scored on a double by freshman third baseman Amanda Sheppeck. Sheppeck scored the tying run when freshman pitcher Lauren Clarke singled to right.
Waynesburg secured the win in the bottom of the seventh when Amanda Baughman doubled in Kristen Lautenschlager with one out.
GCC (12-21) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by senior pitcher Lauren Pennell and freshman right fielder Brittany Barrett. Waynesburg tied the game in the fourth but the Wolverines inched back ahead in the fifth as Lohr scored on Sheppeck's first double of the day.
Sheppeck went 4 for 4 while Lohr went 2 for 3. The Wolverines out-hit Waynesburg 11-5. Grove City left seven runners on base, including six in scoring position.
Grove City will host Thiel at 1 p.m. today in both teams' conference finale.
Track and field
The SRU men’s track and field team swept this week’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference weekly honors with Kevin Jewel being named the Track Athlete of the Week and Chris Warning taking home the Field Athlete of the Week.
Jewel dominated the field at the Ashland Alumni Invitational in the 800-meter run, winning the event with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:52.00. That mark is the best in the PSAC by over a full second, ahead of teammate Phil Rector at 1:53.02. Jewel is the only PSAC runner to reach a qualifying time in the 800 this season and ranks 11th in the nation with that mark.
Warning continues to increase his dominance over the PSAC in the discus. He placed fourth in the event at Ashland with a season-best throw of 51.19 meters. That throw is the best in the PSAC by nearly 10 feet. Warning is the only PSAC thrower to reach a qualifier in the discus and ranks 15th in the nation with that mark.
Amanda Seigworth, a sprinter and hurdler, took home the Female Track Athlete of the Week honor to nearly complete a sweep for SRU.
Seigworth had an incredible week that started at the Penn Relays, where she was the top Division II finisher in the 400-meter hurdles. She topped that at Ashland with a 1:00.03 finish in the same event, the fifth-best time in the nation. She also ran the second-best time in the PSAC In the 100-meter hurdles with a provisional qualifier of 14.43 seconds and ran legs of the 4-by-100-meter and 4-by-400-meter relays.
Her team has climbed to No. 14 in the latest NCAA Division II national rankings released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The No. 14 ranking is the highest of the season for SRU, which broke into the rankings at No. 20 last week. SRU is the highest-ranked team in the PSAC and the Atlantic Region, with Shippensburg following closely at No. 15 in this week's national poll.
The men’s and women’s teams will both travel to Lock Haven today.
Walsh 5, Grove City 4
The GCC women's tennis team dropped its spring season finale Tuesday to Walsh.
Picking up wins for the Wolverines in singles play were Megan Bennett, Stacy Moon and Lisa Baldwin, while the duo of Bennett and Moon added a doubles victory to the team’s tally.
GCC will return to action May 6 in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Wolverines' opening-round opponent has not been determined.