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Spring 2010

Spring Sports Rumble

Trine enjoyed historic spring sport seasons. Baseball finished 21–17 overall, and 19–9 in the MIAA. Three players were first or second team all–Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association selections. The team enjoyed a third–place finish in the conference, its best since joining the conference in 2003.

Softball won a pair of games in the NCAA regional. Four players were all–MIAA selections, two were all–regional tournament selections and Andi Gasco was an all–region player. The Thunder finished the year 28–15, 11–5 in the MIAA and ranked 26th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. The Thunder were also nationally ranked in a number of statistical categories, including eighth in batting average. The youthful team graduated two starters, but should be a threat next spring.

Men′s golf was especially competitive, with medalists in four different events this spring. The Thunder also had two golfers—Terence Clingaman (Stryker, Ohio/Stryker) and Alex Lorencz (Chesaning, Mich./Chesaning)—named All–America Scholars. Andy Wolfe was a third–team All–American.

Women′s golf looks ready to move into the upper tier of the conference. The women finished third at one MIAA event and fourth at two others in the spring.

Men′s lacrosse finished 7–6, its best record in the history of the young program. Women′s lacrosse finished 5–11 and was very competitive against future Midwest Lacrosse League teams, notching wins over Albion, Fontbonne and Carthage.

Men′s tennis claimed the Thunder Doubles title and finished fifth in the conference tournament and in the regular season standings.

In men′s track and field, Kent Biller was an All–MIAA selection for the second year. At the annual MIAA Field Day, Biller took second in the 100– and 200–meter sprints and helped his team to a third–place showing in the 4x400–meter relay.

In women′s track, Chesi Morey didn′t just break a school record. She broke the record in the 800–meter four times. Her time of 2:20.14 at the Toledo Invitational set a new Trine standard.

Trine also improved its standings in the annual MIAA Commissioner′s Cup with its fifth–place tie with Alma. The men′s all sports standings have Trine at fifth, and the women′s standings have Trine at eighth.

Be sure to check www.trine.edu/trineathletics periodically for preview articles, schedules, and updates on Thunder sports.

2010 Football schedule announced

Fall 2010

New lights, a new stadium and three new opponents highlight the 2010 Trine University football schedule.

Thunder football is preparing for the 2010 season after taking two–straight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles and qualifying for the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2008 and 2009. The team is already attracting national attention. Lindy′s Sports has them ranked No. 5 in their annual Top 25 poll, while Sporting News tabbed Trine No. 20 in their poll.

Trine finished 2009 10–2, 6–0 in the MIAA, ranked 16th in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll and 17th in the d3football.com final poll.

The season adds Bluffton (Ohio) from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Wisconsin–River Falls from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association and LaGrange, an independent from LaGrange, Ga., to the list of competitors.

The season gets underway Thursday, Sept. 2 against Manchester at 7:30 p.m. The University has proclaimed its season opening football game "Community Night" as part of ceremonies unveiling brand–new Fred Zollner Stadium.

The game also features special reduced ticket prices for all. All students and senior citizens (62 and older) receive free admission with adult tickets reduced to $3.

The game will feature a number of pre-game, half-time and post-game events that promise to make this an historic night in the history of Trine University. The event also marks the first collegiate night game ever held on Trine’s campus.

The rest of the schedule features a three–game road swing Sept. 11 at Bluffton, while the team will face Wisconsin–River Falls on Sept. 18 and MIAA rival Adrian on Oct. 2. The Thunder will play LaGrange for homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 9.






Sept. 2




7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11




1:30 p.m.

Sept. 18


Wisconsin-River Falls


1 p.m. CST

Sept. 25



Oct. 2




3 p.m.

Oct 9


LaGrange (Ga.)


1 p.m.

Oct. 16




1 p.m.

Oct. 23




2 p.m.

Oct. 30




1 p.m.

Nov. 6




1 p.m.

Nov. 13




1 p.m.

Be sure to check Trine Athletics for fall sports outlooks and schedules.

Thunder Club Golf Outing

22 May   2010

Friends, fans and local business people launched a new Thunder tradition in May. Thunder Athletics hosted the first annual Thunder Club golf outing at Zollner Golf Course. More than 20 teams and 80 supporters enjoyed a day of golf, sunshine, prizes, refreshments and great food while generating funds for Thunder Athletics.

Make plans now to participate in the 2011 outing next May. Watch the Trine website for details in the spring.

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