REGION COLLEGIANS: Valpo’s Crozier mowing them down at Youngstown State

2014-03-02T19:00:00Z 2014-03-02T19:58:54Z REGION COLLEGIANS: Valpo’s Crozier mowing them down at Youngstown StateBrian Waddle Times Correspondent
March 02, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

It’s Casey with a “C,” but looking back now maybe her parents should have used a “K.”

Valpo product Casey Crozier continues to strikeout batters at a torrent pace. The Youngstown State senior struck out a career-high 11 in a recent 1-0 victory over Tennessee State and set the Penguins’ all-time strikeout record along the way.

Crozier, who has 389 career Ks, broke the record of Kim Givens (386), who set the mark from 1993-96.

Crozier earned Horizon League softball Pitcher of the Week after putting her name at the top of the program’s record book. At the Tiger Classic, she led Youngstown State to two victories on the mound, and earned her 11th career shutout — tied for fourth all-time.

Against Western Michigan, Crozier fanned 10 and picked up her 44th career victory, which is second all-time.

* Ball State’s Audrey Bickel (Andrean) has started all 12 games and is batting .436 with two homers and five doubles. The senior third baseman is tied for the team-high with 15 RBIs.

Teammate Nicole Steinbach (Andrean) is 3-2 on the mound, while Jessica Craft (LaPorte) is hitting .294 with four runs and two RBIs.


Arizona State’s Brett Lilek (Marian Catholic) has been on a tear of late. The sophomore left-hander struck out five batters and allowed a pair of runs on just two hits to earn his first win of the season against Wright State.

He retired eight straight batters at one point, and has allowed just four hits and struck out 12 in 10 innings in two starts. Even more impressive is that Lilek has not allowed an extra-base hit in 10 innings this season and just a double in 30 career innings.


Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) had two wins for the No. 10 Wildcats in recent road victories over North Carolina State and Duke.

Tsirtsis, who improved to 24-3 on the season, began with a five-point tech fall, 20-4, over N.C. State’s Walker Fulk at 149 pounds. The redshirt freshman, who is ranked No. 5 in the country, followed with an 8-1 decision over Duke’s Connor Bass.

* Bucknell’s Paul Petrov (Hanover Central) improved to 28-7 at 125 pounds, winning his seventh consecutive match in a victory over Binghamton, and added his team-high third tech fall of the year in a dual-meet win over VMI.

Men’s track

Missouri S&T’s Ryan McGuire (Hobart) took home the honors in the pole vault Friday at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Indianapolis.

McGuire, who repeated as the indoor champ, reached 15 feet, 3½ inches.

* Manchester’s Jon Caffarelli (Marian Catholic) took first in the 3,000-meter run at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. The senior was also third in the 5,000.

Women’s track

Saint Joseph’s Samantha Nirva broke the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships meet record in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday, crossing the line in 8.62 seconds.

Men’s basketball

Rose-Hulman won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title for the third straight time Saturday in a 70-56 victory over Hanover. The Engineers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Alec Houpt (Chesterton), a senior forward, has started all but one game for the Engineers (22-5). He’s third in scoring at 7.9 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. He leads the team with 12 blocks.

Collin Wojcik (Andrean), a freshman, chips in 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds a game.

* Saint Xavier upset No. 1 and defending NAIA Division II national champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wis) Saturday, 85-74, in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in Milwaukee.

Brad Karp (Valparaiso) had 19 points as the Cougars (29-4) earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championship.

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