October 23, 2014

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College Notes: Avon Lake grad Nikki Chiricosta breaks sister’s record

Nikki Chiricosta

Nikki Chiricosta

Nikki Chiricosta hit the trifecta Saturday.

The Bowling Green tennis player and Avon Lake graduate broke two school records while contributing two points to the school’s 4-3 win over Western Michigan, only the Falcons’ second win over the Broncos in program history.

First, the senior teamed with Katie Brozovich for an 8-2 win at second doubles over Meika Ashby and Yuriko Ono. That broke a tie with Chiricosta’s sister, Christine, as the school’s career wins leader. The sisters had been deadlocked in all three categories: 89 in singles, 89 in doubles and 178 career.

Chiricosta is the second player to win 90 doubles matches, putting her seven behind record holder Maddy Eccleston.

She wasn’t done either. Chiricosta defeated Kathleen Hawkins 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 at first singles, becoming the first player to win 90 singles matches in school history. She also became the first Falcon to win 180 career matches.

Bowling Green is on a two-game winning streak against the Broncos after starting off 0-38. The Falcons topped Western Michigan 5-2 on April 20, 2013.

Match point

  • Cleveland State freshman Lauren Golick picked up her first career victory in her first career collegiate singles match Feb. 22. Golick picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win at second singles over Toledo’s Katelyn Nguyen. The Westlake graduate has since competed at first singles and is 1-4 through March 13.

Walk-offs

Eric Lauer

Eric Lauer

  • Eric Lauer’s stellar freshman season at Kent State shows no signs of slowing down. The Midview graduate improved to 5-1 with a pair of victories over the last month. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits and two runs while walking three and striking out three in an 8-6 win over the College of Charleston on March 14. Then, in a 4-1 win over Mid-American Conference rival Toledo on March 21, he pitched 5⅓ innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out seven.
  • Toledo sophomore Caleb Schillace pitched two innings of relief in the series against Kent State, giving up one hit — a home run — and striking out one. The Keystone graduate is 0-1 in seven appearances.
  • Stanford freshman Griffin Weir has a 4.50 ERA in four relief appearances for the Cardinal. The Amherst graduate has allowed four hits and two earned runs to go with a walk and one strikeout. Opponents are batting .267 against him.
    Alyssa Barker

    Alyssa Barker

  • Coppin State sophomore Alyssa Barker was hitting .556 in seven games and 18 at-bats, which was second in the nation for Division I softball through March 16. Since those rankings, the Elyria graduate’s average has dipped to .406 in 12 starts. She’s scored seven runs, hit four doubles and drove in three.
  • Cleveland State junior Cynthia Woodard is hitting .400 in 20 games with 60 at-bats. The Elyria graduate leads the Vikings in doubles with six, home runs with five and RBIs with 17. Her sophomore teammate, Alyson Broschk, is second on the team with 11 RBIs. The Keystone graduate is hitting .255 in 20 games with two home runs.
  • Akron sophomore Erin Pond is hitting .317 in 19 games for the Zips softball team. The Keystone graduate has a double and four RBIs with six stolen bases. Her sophomore teammate and fellow Keystone alum MacKenzie Conrad is 4-3 in 10 games and six starts. She has a 2.57 ERA with four complete games and 31 strikeouts in 49 innings.
    Cynthia Woodard

    Cynthia Woodard

  • Kent State junior softball player Kim Kirkpatrick is hitting .303 for the Golden Flashes. The Olmsted Falls graduate, who has started all 25 games, has 21 runs with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBIs. She has a .900 fielding percentage and three stolen bases.
  • Ohio State senior Melissa Rennie, a Wellington graduate, started 20 of 24 games and is hitting .150 with a run, a double, a triple and two RBIs.
  • Bowling Green senior baseball player Andrew Kubuski is hitting .328 while starting all 16 games. The Elyria Catholic graduate has scored seven runs and driven in four.
  • Central Michigan sophomore Neil Jacobs is hitting .244 in 16 games with 11 starts. The St. Ignatius graduate from Avon has four runs, one double and four RBIs.
    Andrew Kubuski

    Andrew Kubuski

  • Junior first baseman Mackenzie Brua hit her first career home run for Baldwin Wallace against Alfred on March 10. The Avon graduate is hitting .341 with five doubles and seven RBIs in 14 starts through March 22.
  • Brua’s teammate, freshman pitcher Samantha Dostall, made her second career start in that game, allowing four runs, three earned, and three hits, while walking four and striking out one. The Firelands graduate is 1-2 through March 22.

Birdies

Kyle Kmiecik

Kyle Kmiecik

  • Avon resident and St. Ignatius graduate Kyle Kmiecik shot a 231 to finish tied for 36th at the at the TPC of Myrtle Beach for Kent State. The senior helped the 23rd-ranked Golden Flashes finish second.
  • Ashland freshman Kaitlin Neumann tied for 30th at the Las Vegas Desert Classic on March 2-3. The Avon graduate shot a 167 as Ashland finished third.

Contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.