The Shawnee State men’s and women’s tennis programs dropped each of their matches over the weekend as the Bears fell to Pikeville by 5-4 and 8-1 tallies, with the men also falling to Defiance on Saturday to round out the weekend.
In the doubles matches against Pikeville. Andres Alvarez and Bailey Horne defeated Zach Colley (SO/Portsmouth, Ohio) and Matthew Bryant (SR/Asheville, Ohio) 8-0, and Devon Sgubin and Kenton Hall defeated C.J. Burk and Nate Hinze (FR/Portsmouth, Ohio) 8-2. However, SSU salvaged the third doubles match, with Casper Nolte (SO/Germantown, Ohio) and Shane Hitchens (FR/Waverly, Ohio) defeating Oscar Pacheco and Jorge Mejia 8-0.
SSU then split the singles with Pikeville. Horne defeated Colley 6-0, 6-0, Alvarez would defeat Hinze by the same score, and Nolte would also fall, losing to Sgubin 6-1, 6-0. The Bears, however, won each of the last three singles matches, with Burk defeating Mejia 6-1, 6-2, Bryant defeating Pacheco 6-0, 6-1, and Hitchens defeating Hall 6-0, 7-5.
Shawnee State’s match against Defiance would begin in similar fashion, with Defiance winning two out of three in doubles. Adam Swisher and Jared Schnee defeated Burk and Hinze 8-2, and Nathan Principe and Eline Widman defeated Bryant and Colley 8-6. Hitchens and Nolte again salvaged a doubles win for SSU, defeating Ring Lardner and Henry Brown 8-2.
The first four singles matches doomed Shawnee State on the afternoon. Swisher defeated Hinze 6-1, 6-2 in the number one slot, while Schnee defeated Colley 6-1, 6-3. Defiance then took two close matches in the three and four slots, with Widman beating Nolte 6-4, 4-6, 11-9, followed by Principe defeating Burk 7-8, 6-4, 10-4. Bryant defeated Micaiah Cox 6-1, 6-3, and Hitchens defeated Brown 6-2, 6-3 to salvage a pair of singles wins for the Bears.
As far as the women were concerned, Pikeville ended up winning all three doubles matches en route to its 8-1 victory. Samantha Fraser and Cailee Marcum defeated Shelby Hay (JR/Louisa, Kentucky) and Abby Brinkman (SR/Troy, Ohio) 8-1 in the first doubles slot, and Camila Agudelo and Andrea Hurtado defeated Jessica Willard (FR/Circleville, Ohio) and Caleigh O’Neal (JR/Greenup, Kentucky) 8-5 in the second slot. Madison Daniels and Emma Won would win the third slot as well as the pair defeated Jillian Kelly (SO/Germantown, Ohio) and Michaela Garner (JR/Hebron, Ohio) 8-0.
Fraser also took home the No. 1 singles match, defeating Hay 6-2, 6-3, while Hurtado defeatWillard 6-1, 6-2 to clinch the match for Pikeville. Shawnee State, however, was able to salvage one singles match, as Michaela Garner defeated Emma Won 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) in the sixth singles match.
The SSU men’s tennis program now sits with a 4-14 overall mark while the SSU women now hold a 2-12 record on the year. The men return to action on Wednesday, March 28 when the Bears face Capital at 2 p.m. while the women will face Georgetown in an MSC matchup on Friday, March 30 at home at 12 p.m.
Wise named MSC Pitcher of the Week
Behind her strong pitching performances, freshman pitcher/designed player Tatum Wise was named Mid-South Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon.
Wise threw four times on the week, going 2-1 with a save. Against Ohio Christian on Monday, Wise threw a complete game shutout, allowing no runs on four hits in seven innings pitched, striking out five in Shawnee State’s 3-0 win.
Wise followed up Monday’s performance with a solid effort on Thursday, pitching in both games. Wise threw one scoreless inning in SSU’s 7-6 victory over Cumberland (Tenn.), striking out two to earn the save. Wise allowed only two earned runs in seven innings in Shawnee State’s 9-3 loss to Cumberland in game two.
In her fourth game of the week, Wise had her best performance. She allowed no runs on six hits in eight innings pitched, striking out four to keep the score tied at 0-0. Wise then drew the walk-off walk in SSU’s 1-0 victory over the Phoenix.
The award is the first for Wise on the season, and for her career. She is the first Mid-South Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for Shawnee State since the 2015 season, when Allie Chapman won the award on April 20.
The Shawnee State softball program is back in action on Friday, March 30 when the Bears hit the road to take on (RV) Georgetown. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Havranek named MSC Outdoor Track Athlete of Week
Anna Havranek (SR/Sugarcreek, Ohio) was named Mid-South Conference Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week on Monday afternoon.
Havranek was in action over the weekend at the Charleston Relay & Alumni Invitational, where she brought home a first place finish in the 1500-meter run. Havranek finished the race in 5:00.00, six seconds ahead of second place. Havranek also finished fifth in the 800-meter run, notching a time of 2:28.00.
The award is the first outdoor track award for Havranek in her career. Havranek has also earned four MSC Runner of the Week awards in cross country. The senior is the second SSU athlete to win an Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award in 2018, alongside Brooke Smith (JR/Wheelersburg, OH), who won the award on March 19.
The Shawnee State track and field program will participate in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State and the WashU Invitational at Washington University of St. Louis (Mo.) on Friday and Saturday.