Barons tennis win again

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s tennis team won its fourth straight match, 8-1, over Westminster Friday at Belleview Park.

“It’s cold and windy. It’s terrible,” said head coach Jeremy Ellis. “It makes tennis hard and is the worst conditions, but they adapted well. I’m proud of how they played, especially Freytag.”

Freshman David Freytag, after losing his first set 6-1, came back to win his No. 5 singles match in the second set 7-5 and third set 6-2.

“It was just confidence and getting the ball over,” Freytag said. “My returns were really good and gave me good motivation.”

Barons No. 1 doubles team of junior Brian Robau and sophomore captain Paul Jarzynka won with ease.

“Brian and Paul are playing well together. It’s their best year yet,” Ellis said. “They are doing great with finishing up points and not making any errors, which is huge in doubles.”

Jarzynka also did well in No. 1 singles, winning his match in two sets.

“We played really well in doubles. Getting our serves in and our hits in, having a lot of energy and intensity,” Jarzynka said. “Singles I came out and did the same. I held my service games and was focused on my returns.”

The Barons host D’Youville College at 1 p.m. today.

“The team is looking great for conference,” Ellis said. “The team is playing well, and things are going great.”

FUS softball loses two

STEUBENVILLE – The Barons were defeated by visiting Penn State-Altoona 16-0 and 11-1 Friday.

“The first game was uninspiring,” head coach Jen Parker said. “We were letting a lot of runs in off passed balls and we can’t keep doing that.”

FUS was able to hold Penn St.-Altoona from any major scoring innings until halfway through each game where the Barons seemed to lose their composure.

“That’s our problem,” Parker said. “Partway through the game we tend to lose our competitive edge. We are better conditioned than how we played. I think a lot of it comes down to mental fatigue and not physical fatigue. Once we can overcome that mental fatigue and those physical issues, we will be alright.”

Freshman Hailey Wesselman ended the shutout in the bottom of the fourth with a line-drive homerun over the centerfield fence, giving the Lady Barons their only run of the day.

“Hayley is definitely stepping up her game each time she steps on the field and that’s really good,” Parker said. “She played a great game. She had a lot of great plays in the field, a nice homerun, and a couple of hits. We need that from everybody.”

The Lady Barons host D’Youville College at 1 p.m. today in a twinbill.