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Lady Lancers Power Past Cougars in Twin Bill

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Pictured is freshman Hannah Adams pitching against St. Francis in the opening game on Friday

Grace’s softball team continued its midseason surge with a convincing sweep of St. Francis at Miller Field on Friday.

The Lady Lancers (14-20; 10-8 Crossroads League) exploded for 22 runs and 32 hits offensively to blow out the Cougars, winning 10-2 in five innings and 12-6 in the second game.

The wins move Grace into a tie for fourth place in the CL standings, two games removed from third place. Brooke Shell, Brittany Melzoni and Samantha Johnson had sparkling offensive performances in the doubleheader. Shell had six hits on the day with three stolen bases, Melzoni drove in six runs, and Johnson had five hits.

In the opener Grace kicked off the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Clarissa Knight singled in Shell for the first run. Olivia Winget and Chelsea Whitesell blasted run-scoring doubles to spark the inning.

The Cougars (9-17; 6-10 CL) rallied in the third with two runs and had the bases loaded, but pitcher Hannah Adams struck out the final batter of the inning. Adams helped her own cause in the bottom of the inning with an RBI ground ball to add an insurance run.

Grace ended the game prematurely due to the run rule with a six-run outburst in the fifth. Shell, Alex Shipley, Adams, Whitesell, Morgan Cody all had singles, and Brittany Melzoni produced a two-run double. Samantha Johnson ended the game with an RBI ground ball to bring in Cody.

Shell was 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases, and Knight, Whitesell, Adams and Melzoni drove in two runs apiece. Winget finished 2-for-2, and Johnson was 2-for-3. Adams went the distance on the mound, limiting the Cougars to six hits and zero walks in five innings. The freshman hurler struck out eight batters and allowed two runs.

Grace erupted in second and third innings of the second game. Melzoni recorded two-out, two-run doubles in both the second and third innings, and Johnson had a two-run single with two outs in the third. When the dust had settled, the Lady Lancers were in front 7-3 after three innings.

St. Francis cut Grace’s lead to two during the fourth, scoring twice to make the score 7-5. But the Lady Lancers put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth. Brooke Shell sliced an RBI triple to deep left-center field to tack on a run, and Alex Shipley singled in Shell. Knight and Winget also scored to make the score 11-5.

The home team was poised to end the game early again in the sixth inning after Melzoni scored on a single from Shell. But with the bases loaded and one out, the Cougars escaped the inning without another Grace run crossing the plate.

St. Francis added another run in the seventh, but Grace’s cushion proved too great to overcome.

Shell finished 4-for-5 in the second game, Melzoni was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Johnson was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Morgan Hutcheson also batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Winget scored twice.

The Lady Lancers continue action at Miller Field on Saturday with a doubleheader against Goshen at 1 p.m.

Grace College Students Plan Second Annual CEO Forum

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Pictured from left to right (front row): Hannah Clemmons, Dr. Alan Grossnickle, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller. Pictured left to right (back row): Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianna Sobey.

On Tuesday, April 29, Grace College business students will have the unique opportunity to showcase the results of many hours of dedicated work at the second annual CEO Forum, “Developing Leaders in your Company,” held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Sponsored by the Grace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, the forum is entirely planned and executed by Grace College business students Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianne Sobey, Hannah Clemmons, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller; all of whom volunteered to plan and oversee the entire event.

“These kids have been working on this since last fall – they have overseen every detail of the entire process,” said Alan Grossnickle, director of the Gordon Institute. “Everything from processing invitation lists, bulk mailing over 1,000 invitations, securing a postage permit, designing and printing the program, and planning the breakfast — and that’s just the beginning. They are already working on the next CEO Forum to be held this coming November…they are really putting in a lot of work.”

Garnering over 300 guests last year, the forum is an opportunity for area business professionals to hear from some of the top CEOs from around the country as they present strategies and tactics for developing leaders within a company. This year’s special guests will include keynote speaker Mike Kubacki, former CEO of Lake City Bank, and moderator Pat Miller, WOWO’s political analyst. The panelists are John Tucker, co-president of Maple Leaf Farms; Mark Tarner, president of the South Bend Chocolate Company; Peggy Taylor, global senior vice president of Biomet, Inc.; Randy Lakes, CEO of Old Castle Materials; and David Findlay, CEO of Lake City Bank.

“It’s such a tremendous opportunity for business students to plan a major event like the CEO Forum,” said Grossnickle. “They’re making this whole thing happen and gaining many skills they can use in real life someday.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both the students and for the Grace business program,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace. “Overseeing an event of this magnitude is an opportunity many college students don’t have. I’m proud of our students for taking up this challenge; it will serve not only to enhance their own future careers, but also to pioneer the way for future business students to have such opportunities.”

Businesses and organizations interested in attending can visit http://www.grace.edu/ceo-forum to register.  Call Marsha Yocum at 574.372.5100 ext. 6094 or email marsha.yocum@grace.edu with questions. RSVP on or before April 25.

Green’s Gem Leads Lancers to Split with Knights

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Pictured is Austin Green on the mound (file photo from earlier this season)

A six-inning no-hitter from Austin Green highlighted Grace’s men’s baseball doubleheader with Marian on Thursday.

Green and Dellos Schabel combined to no-hit the Knights (12-15; 10-10 Crossroads League) in the second game to win 2-0, helping ease the letdown of an 8-6 defeat in the opener. The Lancers (8-17; 7-10 CL) won three of four from Marian in the season series after sweeping the Knights at Miller Field.

Grace started the opener with three straight singles. The Lancers’ third single from CJ Swartz drove in Joey Hickerson for the game’s first run. Grace tacked on another run in the third when Brook Vosler drove in Jared Lemler.

The Knights tied the game in their half of the third, but the Lancers struck twice in the fourth.  After Grace loaded the bases with one out, Grace coach Bill Barr called for a squeeze bunt. Logan Grigsby’s well-executed sacrifice bunt allowed Swartz to score, putting Grace on top. Jacob Bloom then scampered across home plate from third base on a passed ball.

Bloom scored again in the sixth on an RBI double by Steven Hovermale. Lemler also drove in Grigsby in the inning. But Marian changed the game with a six-run sixth inning. The Knights were aided by a fielding error and pounded out four hits in the inning to take the lead for good.

Vosler singled in the seventh – his fourth hit of the game – but he was stranded at second as the game ended on a strikeout. Vosler was 4-for-4 from the plate to lead Grace. Lemler and Hickerson also tallied two hits.

Defense was the name of the second game. Although the Lancers only mustered three hits in the contest, Austin Green’s masterful pitching performance handcuffed Marian throughout the game.

Grace’s first run came in the fourth inning when Frank Rocchio’s ground ball allowed Matt Morgart to plate. The Lancers added an insurance run in the seventh when Vosler’s ground ball scored Tyler Weber.

Dellos Schabel came in to close the game in the seventh inning, retiring the only three batters he faced. Green did the heavy lifting from the mound, shutting down the Knights for six innings. The only thing separating Green from a shot at a perfect game was a hit batsman in the fifth. Green did not walk a batter and struck out one. Hickerson, Bloom and Paul Blankley notched hits for the Lancers.

Grace returns to Miller Field on Saturday to start the season series with St. Francis at 1 p.m. Grace’s softball team will also play at Miller Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Grace Beats League-Leading Taylor

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Pictured is Brooke Shell's at-bat against Taylor

Grace’s softball team picked up its biggest win of the season on Tuesday, splitting with Crossroads League-leading Taylor at Miller Field.

The Lady Lancers (12-20; 8-8 CL) lost a narrow 3-1 contest in the opener before Hannah Adams produced the game-winning hit in a 2-1 victory in the second game.

Grace had its share of opportunities in the first game, but the Lady Lancers stranded eight runners on base. Taylor scored one run in the second and two more in the third for its only tallies of the game. Grace’s run came in the third inning when Samantha Johnson walked, Brooke Shell doubled, and Olivia Winget hit a ground ball to bring in Johnson.

The Lady Lancers had runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but both situations came up fruitless.

Amanda Bowman and Winget combined on the pitching effort for Grace with Winget tossing the final five innings.

In the second game, Grace claimed its first lead of the afternoon in the opening inning. Brooke Shell led off the game with a single, and, after being sacrificed to second base, she scored on a single from Winget.

On the mound for Grace, Hannah Adams had Taylor’s high-scoring bats tied in knots for most of the second game. She limited the Trojans to three hits in 5.1 innings of work – including zero hits through the first four innings.

The Trojans finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, converting a squeeze bunt to tie the game.

But Grace retaliated in the bottom of the fifth to score the game-winning run. Johnson and Shell singled to start the inning, and Adams hit a two-out single to left field to bring Shell in to score.

Alex Shipley came in to throw the final 1.2 innings for the Lady Lancers, picking up the save by allowing just one hit down the stretch.

Shell was 2-for-3 for Grace, scoring both of the team’s runs. Johnson finished 2-for-2 for the Lady Lancers as well.

Grace ends the week with a pair of home doubleheaders. The Lady Lancers host St. Francis on Friday at 3 p.m. and host Goshen on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Grace Takes Two From Marian

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Pictured is Joey Hickerson swinging against Marian on Tuesday

Strong pitching and timely hitting led Grace’s baseball team to a sweep of Marian at Miller Field on Saturday.

Joey Hickerson’s sixth-inning triple led the Lancers to a 4-3 victory in the first game, and Tim Weber’s pitching limited Marian to four hits in Grace’s 10-1 win in game two.

In the opener Grace got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. Joey Hickerson walked to lead off the inning and stole second. He went to third off a single from Jacob Bloom. While Marian was trying to tag Bloom out in a rundown on the base paths, Hickerson snuck home for the game’s first tally.

Tyler Weber doubled Grace’s lead in the third with a sacrifice fly ball, bringing in Bloom.

The Knights (11-14; 9-9 Crossroads League) fought their way back in front in the sixth with a two-out rally. After a leadoff single, Sammy Wilkerson retired the next two batters. But Marian showed resolve with a single and a three-run home run on their next two at-bats to jump in front, 3-2.

Not to be outdone, the Lancers (7-16; 6-9 CL) tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Grace had its first two hitters retired before making its game-changing charge with two outs. Jared Lemler and Matt Morgart hit back-to-back singles, and Hickerson cleared the bases with a standup triple to deep center field.

Dellos Schabel finished the game from the mound for Grace, picking up the save.

Bloom was 2-for-3 in the game, and Hickerson drove in two runs and stole two bases. Wilkerson allowed seven hits and three runs in six strong innings from the mound.

In the second game, Grace erupted for eight runs in the second inning to seize control of the game. Five of the first six Lancer batters reached base safely, including four singles and a hit batsman. Wyatt Clemens, Paul Blankley, Joey Hickerson and Aaron Christenberry drove in runs during the second, and Jacob Bloom capped off the inning with a three-run home run over the right field fence.

Marian pulled a run back in the fourth with three singles, but Grace responded in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice ground ball from Bloom that scored Hickerson.

Tim Weber went the distance on the mound, allowing just four hits with two strikeouts. He did not walk a batter and had a one-hitter going through three innings.

Bloom drove in four runs and scored twice himself to pace Grace. Clemens, Jared Lemler and Blankley each finished 2-for-3.

The Lancers continue the series with Marian in Indianapolis on Thursday. Grace will return to Miller Field on Saturday 1 p.m. for a doubleheader against St. Francis.

Track and Field Impresses at Huntington Invite

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A number of athletes from Grace’s track and field team notched personal-best results in a strong showing by the Lancers at the Huntington Invitational.

The Lancers won four events and placed in the top three in several others on a brisk Saturday.

“It was great to have some decent weather and finally get a chance to see where we are,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “I think the hard work we have been putting in was evident for many people today. We will keep moving forward and hopefully keep improving in the coming weeks.”

Lance Taylor and Donovan Graham each won two events on the men’s side. Taylor won the 400-meter race in 49.65, Graham won the 800 in 1:57.14. The pair bookended the 4×400 relay team with Taylor leading off and Graham passing two runners in the final leg to finish in first place. Matt Lee and KeJuan Leek joined Taylor and Graham on the winning 4×400 relay team.

Jo Boren won first place in the 400 with a personal-record time of 1:00.04. Boren also had a PR in the 200 with a fourth-place finish of 26.83.

Micah Pollard had an inspirational return to the track to finish second in the 100 (12.69) and third in the 300 (26.02). Pollard was running in her first collegiate meet after battling back from three knee surgeries.

Katelyn McCullough competed well in the 400 hurdles and 100 hurdles, taking second place and fourth respectively. McCullough joined Alicia Hertzler, Erin Jones and Jo Boren for second place in the 4×400 relay. Hertzler also posted her fastest time in the 400 (1:04.14) for fourth place.

Erin McPherson met the NCCAA qualifying standard in the shot put with a mark of 36-feet-5.5, and Sabrina Whitaker was third in the high jump at 4-11.75.

On the men’s side, Drew Perrin was third in the long jump and triple jump, and Jonathan Rex placed fourth in the 1500 with an NCCAA-qualifying time of 4:07.90.

For complete race results, click here.

The Lancers continue action on Friday for the Little State Championships in Marion, Ind.

Adams’s Grand Slam Powers Lady Lancers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A grand slam from freshman Hannah Adams sparked Grace’s softball team on Sunday as the Lady Lancers split St. Francis on the road.

Adams’s homer powered Grace to an 11-3 win in the opener, but Grace let a four-run lead slip away in the seventh inning of the second game in an 8-7 extra-innings defeat.

In the opening game, Grace got off to a fast start with four runs in the top of the first. Adams had an RBI single, Tiffany Featherston drove in two runs with a single, and Alex Shipley doubled in an early onslaught.

The Lady Lancers’ offense spilled over into the second inning when the first three batters reached base safely. Olivia Winget had an RBI single on the next at-bat, and Hannah Adams cleared the bases with a grand slam over the center-field fence.

Grace ended the game early with the eight-run mercy rule, taking the easy 11-3 victory. Winget went the distance from the mound, allowing three runs with two strikeouts.

Adams drove in five runs on a 2-for-4 performance, scoring twice herself. Brooke Shell finished 2-for-3 with three runs and a stolen base, Shipley was 3-for-4 with two runs and a steal, and Winget, Clarissa Knight and Featerston had two hits apiece.

The offense for the Lady Lancers (11-19; 7-7 Crossroads League) did not come as early during the second game. The Cougars (7-15; 4-8 CL) pulled ahead 3-0 after three innings before Grace began its rally.

Olivia Winget launched a solo home run in the fourth to put Grace on the scoreboard. The Lady Lancers threatened to score again when Hannah Adams, Chelsea Whitesell and Morgan Hutcheson reached base consecutively to load the bases with one out. But the Lady Lancers stranded all three runners with a pop out and a line out.

In the fifth, Grace struck again. Winget’s single allowed Brooke Shell to score. Hannah Adams then stepped up to the plate and laced a two-run triple down the left-field line to put Grace on top, 4-3. Whitesell added another run with a ground ball to plate Adams.

Alex Shipley produced a two-out single in the sixth to score Brittany Melzoni, increasing Grace’s lead to three. Winget scored again in the seventh off a sacrifice fly ball off the bat of Whitesell.

In St. Francis’s final at-bats of the seventh inning, the Cougars were poised to rally when they loaded the bases with one out. St. Francis hit a two-run single to cut Grace’s lead in half, and a two-out double tied the game at 7-7. The Cougars could have won the game with a runner on third base, but the final batter of the inning grounded out to second.

After Grace was retired in the top of the eighth, the Cougars won the game with a bases-loaded single to secure the series’ split. The teams will meet again at Miller Field on Friday.

Winget was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the second game, and Adams was 2-for-3. Adams recorded seven RBIs and four hits over the doubleheader.

The Lady Lancers host three doubleheaders at Miller Field this week – Taylor on Tuesday, St. Francis on Friday and Goshen on Saturday.

Winget Breaks Grace’s Career Hit Record

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Senior Olivia Winget reached a major milestone on Friday, becoming Grace’s softball team’s all-time leader in hits in a doubleheader at Spring Arbor.

Winget, who entered Friday’s games tied with Sam Fields (2010-13) with 154 career hits, moved atop the school’s all-time hits’ list in the fourth inning of Grace’s first game. Her one-out single was hit No. 155 in Winget’s impressive Lady Lancer career.

Although Grace lost the first game 9-1, Winget went on to add a two-run home run in the Lady Lancers’ second game to fuel a 6-3 comeback victory over the Cougars (13-11; 6-6 Crossroads League).

Winget has increased her production each year in a Lady Lancer uniform, tallying 38 hits as a freshman, 48 hits as a sophomore and 53 hits last season. She has a career batting average of .320 and holds the program’s record for most home runs in a career with 29 to date.

Spring Arbor got off to a fast start in the opener, ripping off nine runs over the first three innings. The Lady Lancers (10-16; 6-4 CL) struggled defensively with an error in the first, second and third inning.

Brittany Melzoni singled in Chelsea Whitesell during the fifth inning for Grace’s only run of the game. Clarissa Knight was 2-for-2 at the plate for the Lady Lancers.

The Cougars were first onto the scoreboard during the second game again, scoring twice in the bottom of the second. But Winget responded with a two-run homer in the next inning.

Spring Arbor went on to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, but Grace eased away with the victory with two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. Clarissa Knight and Hannah Adams drove in runs during the fifth, and Brooke Shell and Samantha Johnson scored in the sixth.

Knight finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two runs driven in, and Morgan Hutcheson and Adams notched two hits apiece.

Amanda Bowman was strong on the mound, taking the victory with three runs allowed over six innings.

The Lady Lancers continue action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Indiana Wesleyan.

Grace College to Offer Three New GOAL Online Degree Programs

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Pictured from left to right: Steve Grill, Grace College, Dean of the School of Adult and Community Education; Leslie Carnes, Ivy Tech, Department Chair for Business Administration; Seelpa Keshvala, Ivy Tech, Warsaw Campus President; Lori Roe, Ivy Tech, Assistant Chair for Liberal Arts and Science; Bill Katip, Grace College, President; Tim Ziebarth, Grace College, Dean of Online Education

Grace College and Ivy Tech have recently approved articulation agreements for three new online degree completion programs through the Grace Opportunity for Adult Learners (GOAL) program. These articulation agreements allow individuals graduating from Ivy Tech with an associate degree to seamlessly transfer all their college credits into one of GOAL’s Bachelor of Science degrees. Beginning in August 2014, Grace College will offer three additional degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in General Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Human Services.

The GOAL program is specifically designed for adult learners, Ivy Tech graduates, and others who have obtained at least 60 hours of college credit, allowing them to complete their four-year degree while continuing full-time life responsibilities. With convenient scheduling, current technology, and outstanding instruction, Grace offers the faculty, courses, and academic resources to make completing a bachelor’s degree a reality.

These three new degree options serve those who have interrupted their higher education journey for work, family, or other commitments, building upon previous college credits and life-long learning experiences to allow a student to complete the GOAL program in 16 months.

“Grace is excited to deepen our partnership with Ivy Tech students in offering alternative access to new online bachelor’s degrees,” said Dr. Steve Grill, dean of the School of Adult and Community Education. “We are constantly looking for ways to strengthen education in the state of Indiana, and this is a prime opportunity.”

“This new transfer agreement with Grace College will allow for greater opportunity for our students to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Russ Baker, vice president of the University and Transfer Division at Ivy Tech Community College. “With the help of Grace College we are creating a seamless higher education system that is more accessible and affordable for our students.”

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Late Heroics Propel Grace to Wins Over Marian

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Pictured is Olivia Winget scoring the winning run over Marian on Tuesday

Grace’s softball team opened up Miller Field for the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, taking down Marian in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers upended the defending Crossroads League champs 12-11 on a walkoff double from Hannah Adams in the first game. Grace then rallied for a 7-5 victory in the second game.

It took a heroic effort from Hannah Adams to put away Marian in the opener. The Lady Lancers (9-15; 5-3 CL) saw leads of 7-0 and 10-7 disappear against the Knights (11-11; 5-7 CL) as Marian refused to fade.

The Knights faced a three-run deficit as they entered their final at-bats in the seventh. But Marian rallied with four runs on three doubles to take its first lead of the day.

In Grace’s half of the seventh, Brooke Shell led off with a single. Olivia Winget was walked, putting the winning run on base. That set the stage for Adams, who laced a double to deep right-center field to bring in Shell and Winget for the winning tallies.

Adams finished 4-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs in a standout performance. Clarissa Knight, Winget, Shell and Chelsea Whitesell notched two hits apiece, and Shell scored three runs and stole two bases. Winget homered and scored three runs.

In the second game, Grace’s offense got off to a slow start. The Knights seized a 5-1 lead after their half of the fourth inning before Grace started its rally.

In the bottom of the fourth, Grace’s first two batters were retired. But the Lady Lancers showed resolve with a two-out rally of four runs. Brittany Melzoni, Samantha Johnson and Brooke Shell hit three straight singles to load the bases, and Alex Shipley hit a two-run single to right field. Clarissa Knight followed that up with a bases-clearing double to tie the game at 5-5.

Shipley came in to pitch the final three innings for Grace, limiting the Knights to one hit. She also struck out six batters in an impressive relief performance.

In the bottom of the sixth, Grace scored the decisive two runs. After loading the bases with two singles and a walk, Paige Petrone was walked to plate Jordan McKinley. A wild pitch on the next at-bat allowed Knight to scamper home for the final 7-5 margin. Shipley went on to strike out two of the three batters in the top of the seventh to earn the win on the mound.

Shipley and Knight finished 3-for-4 at the plate as each player drove in two runs.

The Lady Lancers have their second home series of the season on Thursday when Grace welcomes Huntington at 3 p.m.