AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Two big scoring innings propelled Ohio Dominican's baseball team to its third straight win as the Panthers defeated Pace 15-9 Sunday afternoon at the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational.
The Panthers scored six runs in the first inning, then followed that with an eight-run fourth inning to go on top 14-0.
The Setters put up a big inning of their own, scoring eight times in the sixth inning, but ODU held them to just one more tally to grab the win.
Five players had two or more hits, led by sophomore Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio), who finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Senior Tony Evans (Medway, Ohio) hit his second home run of the year and scored four times, finishing 2-for-4 with a walk. Junior Lee Sponseller (Mason, Ohio) and sophomore Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) each had two hits and two RBIs and sophomore Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio) also had two hits.
Kaucher's two-run double got the scoring started for the Panthers in the first. Hillard followed with an RBI triple, and Sponseller hit an RBI single. Sophomore Chris Sackett (Loveland, Ohio) hit a two-run single with two outs to cap the scoring.
The Panthers blew the game open in the fourth, with six straight batters recording hits in the inning. Kaucher hit another RBI double, and Hillard and Sponseller again followed with RBI singles. Bland's RBI double and a two-run basehit by senior Kyle Burson (Brunswick, Ohio) extended the lead to 12-0, and RBIs from Evans and sophomore Brad Hull (Gahanna, Ohio) with two outs gave the Panthers a 14-0 lead.
Junior Joe Filosa (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was perfect through five innings as Pace hit just two balls out of the infield. However, the Setters put up eight runs in the sixth frame to close within 14-8. However, sophomore Mitchell Bault (Maineville, Ohio) kept Pace to just one run over the final 3.1 innings to earn the save, and Evans hit a solo shot in the seventh as well.
ODU's 15 runs matched a season high and marked the fourth time in eight games the Panthers have scored 10 or more runs.
Ohio Dominican will take on Florida Southern at 6 p.m. Monday.
Contact: Scott Miles