Senior captain running back Desmond Martin (
Redford, Mich. / Thurston) was named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the football team to a 41-31 win over #13 Carson-Newman. Martin set career-highs for rushing attempts (30), rushing yards (235) and rushing touchdowns (3) with two of his three scores coming in the decisive fourth quarter as WSU turned a 31-27 deficit into a 41-31 victory. Martin's 30 carries were the first time an opposing tailback rushed that many times against CNU since Northern Colorado's Billy Holmes ran 30 times for 136 yards in the 1996 national title game. His 235 rushing yards were the most allowed by CNU to an opponent since Elon's Bobby Hedrick gained 252 yards on 36 carries on Nov. 17, 1979 (12,720 days, 408 games). In terms of the WSU record book, Martin's 235 rushing yards were the 13th highest total with Joique Bell having seven of the top 12 all-time marks (ranging from 252 to 318). The other five totals were by Toney Davis (326), Randy Holmes (314), A.J. Vaughn (271), Joe Gough (258) and Mike Stankovich (237).
Highlighted by a first-place finish by junior Irvin Wyche, the Wayne State University men's cross country team took home third out of 12 overall Saturday at the 28th annual Detroit Titan Invitational, held at Cass-Benton Park. Wyche (Chesterfield, Mich. / L'Anse Creuse North) took home hist first career race-victory by completing the four-mile event with a time of 20:20.76. The Warriors finished with 64 points overall in their season-opening meet to finish just behind Bucknell (38) and Eastern Michigan (56). WSU finished ahead of Division I schools Detroit (90) and Oakland (148).
In just the second year of the Wayne State University women's outdoor track squad, graduate student Jen Rock (Macomb, Mich./Utica Eisenhower) became the first All-American in program history by placing sixth in the 10K event at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Kyle Zimmerman (Frankfort, Mich.) led the Warriors to a win over #18 Drury in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional on Thursday as he pitched a 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the GLVC Champion Panthers and striking out seven, allowing just five hits.
Senior Logan White (Brantford, Ont. / Johnson C.V.I.) went 5-for-9 and hit her second career home run to help lead the Warriors to the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional #2 title on Sunday. White, who has started and played in all 217 games in her WSU career, scored three runs and led the team with nine total bases. She totaled two hits and a walk in four plate appearances in Sunday's final game and upped her team-leading average to .395 over the weekend.
Junior Yahsha Moore (West Bloomfield, Mich.) won both of her matches in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Monday. She earned an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles with fellow co-captain Anne Li Briand and earned a 7-5, 6-3 victory at the top flight in singles. The Warriors earned their first victory in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 with the win over Missouri-St. Louis. Moore also tied a single-season school record with 24th victories in doubles.
Redshirt freshman pitcher Lyndsay Butler (Cambridge, Ont. / Centennial C.V.I.) went 4-0 with a save in her five appearances with two no-hitters and one near perfect game. For the week, she struck out 43 and walked three in 27.2 innings while allowing six hits for an opponent batting average of .063. She had three complete shutouts plus shared another allowing just two unearned runs at Ferris State.
She struck out six in her six innings at Ferris State last Tuesday. Butler came back the next day to toss a six-inning no-hitter vs. Lake Erie striking out 13.
Over the weekend, she surrendered three hits to Lake Superior while striking out 11. In the Northwood game on Sunday, Butler retired 18 of NU's 19 batters (only a fielding error) prevented a perfect game with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Sophomore Brittany Johnson (Oxford, Mich.) lowered the school record in the 1,500m finishing with an NCAA provisional time of 4:34.34 on Sunday. A few hours later, Johnson nearly equaled her previous school mark for 800m with a time of 2:16.88, just .17 off her time from a year ago at the Eastern Michigan Twilight. Johnson's 1,500m time is the 25th fastest in Division II this year.
Jordan Andrus helped the WSU men's golf team win the 30-team Purgatory Midwest Regional on Monday with his tied for second place finish. Andrus shot a career low 69 during Sunday's first round and was named GLIAC Golfer of the Week for the second time in his career for his efforts.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Kinch (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Pioneer) continued his solid season with another complete game win, his most recent one coming against Northwood on Saturday. Kinch pitched all eight innings while throwing 113 pitches to improve to 4-1. He struck out six Timberwolves and did not allow an earned run. Kinch has a season ERA of 2.29.
Zach Johnson (Grandville, Mich.) drove in five runs on Sunday as the Warriors swept the doubleheader. The Michigan transfer helped the Warriors take game one against Saginaw Valley, 15-0, going 2-for-3 with five RBI and a run scored. The catcher/first baseman hit .500 for the week.
Senior Michael FitzGerald (Grosse Ile, Mich.) won all three singles matches in straight sets and five of six matches overall this past weekend as Wayne State opened GLIAC play 2-1 in three road matches in Ohio. FitzGerald earned his doubles wins at the second flight with freshman Clement Charriere, posting wins over Findlay and No. 47 Ohio Dominican.
Senior Clayton Ruch (Pemberville, Ohio / Eastwood) earned his eighth save of the season Saturday in Wayne State's 5-4 win over Minnesota Duluth. Ruch has eight saves already in 2014 and needs one save to tie Billy Hurley for the program record with 19.
Senior fencer Kaja Klodawska medaled at the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday, placing third overall in the sabre. It was her best finish at the NCAA Regionals in her four-year Wayne State fencing career. Klodawska reached the semifinals, before falling to the No. 1 seed. She rebounded with an 15-11 win in the third place match to medal.
Senior Jen Rock (Macomb, Mich. / Utica Eisenhower) placed second in the 5,000 meter run (17:29.94) to place second and earn eight points in the opening day of the GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. Rock also had a personal best time in the 3,000 meter run Sunday, finishing ninth with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10:04.21.
Junior pitcher Briana Lee recorded a pair of complete game victories over the weekend as the Warrior softball team improved to 9-1 on the season. Lee struck out 25 batters overall across 15 innings, while allowing just five hits and one unearned run. In a 1-0 shutout win over Wisconsin-Parkside, Lee posted 15 strikeouts in seven innings and faced just four batters over the minimum.
For the season, Lee improved to 4-0 and has a 0.45 ERA.
Senior Chene Phillips (Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance) had back-to-back 11 assist games last week as the Warriors went 1-1. In a victory over Northwood on Feb. 6, Phillips had 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. He followed it up with nearly another triple-double, posting 19 points, 11 assists and seven boards in a loss to Saginaw Valley on Feb. 8.
Senior Gerald Williams-Taylor (Flint, Mich. / Northern) scored a career-high 21 points Saturday to help lead the Warriors to a 69-64 overtime win at Grand Valley State. He had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over Ferris State as Wayne State went 2-0 last week.
Junior Kayla Bridges (Canton, Mich.) scored a career-high 27 points to help lead the Warriors to a 75-72 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday. Bridges averaged 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds last week as WSU (14-2, 11-1 GLIAC) jumped into first place in the GLIAC North Division.
Women's Swimming & Diving
In her first meet of the season, junior Gloria Martinez Perez won three individual events Saturday to help lead the Warriors to a 178-122 victory over Grand Valley.
Brown was named Tournament MVP of the Bellmarmine Classic after averaging 22.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 6.0 steals per game in WSU's two victories over Bellarmine and Southern Indiana.
Bryan Coleman averaged 24.0 points over two games last week as the Warriors earned victories over Kalamazoo College and Lake Erie College. He had 26 points, seven rebounds and four blocks against the Hornets on Wednesday and followed it up with 22 points and four rebounds Saturday vs. the Storm.
Freshman Zuzanna Sobczak won two titles Sunday at the 2013 Danosi Open. She recored an 18-1 record and earned titles in the women's epee and women's foil.
Gavin Toma scored 19 points for the second straight game Saturday in a 78-57 loss at Lewis. The sophomore guard is the Warriors leading scorer with 38 points through two games, surpassing his entire output from last year. Toma is also shooting 53.8 percent from the field.
Sophomore Jayson Hansen won three individual events Saturday to help Wayne State beat Ashland in its first home meet of the season. Hansen won the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM against the Eagles.
Women's Swimming & Diving
Freshman Elizabeth Rawlings won the 1-meter diving competition Saturday in her first collegiate meet. She also cleared a NCAA qualifying standard on both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, placing second in the 3-meter event.
Captain center Thom Box and his offensive line led the Warriors to a 38-27 win on Saturday. The Green & Gold ran for 324 yards.