Panther Baseball Ready to Prowl in Central Florida

Sean Blackburn
Sean Blackburn

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Coming off two straight victories, the Ohio Dominican baseball team takes aim in Orlando at the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational for an 11-game stand against eight different teams.

The Panthers (2-1) begin play on their spring break trip with a doubleheader against Gannon on Saturday, starting at noon.

ODU last played on Feb. 16, a 16-2 victory over Glenville State. The Panthers were led by junior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, OH) and senior Chase Westphal (Brecksville, OH) as both notched four RBI with two and three hits, respectively.

Sophomore Daniel Mooney (Wauconda, IL) earned the victory, pitching four innings of no-hit baseball, striking out five batters. Junior Sean Blackburn (Wadsworth, OH) came in and also tossed two scoreless innings.

The offense scored six runs in the first inning, five in the fourth and four in the sixth to lead 15-2 and added on an extra run in the ninth to cap it off.

Sophomore Phil Jaskot (Upper Arlington, OH), who in three starts has hit .500 while scoring five runs with an on-base percentage of .615, paces the team in hitting. Sophomore Kyle Tisdale (Uniontown, Ohio) is hitting .462 in the early-going, while junior Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) and freshman Collin Parcher (Napoleon, Ohio) both have three hits in eight at bats.

The pitching is led by Nick Venditti (Brecksville, OH) and Mooney, who both have identical 2.25 ERA's as well as their 1-0 record. Mooney is also leading the team with five strikeouts this season, while sophomore Austin Monnin (Napoleon, Ohio) has three strikeouts in three scoreless innings and senior Alex Borgan (Pickerington, Ohio) was effective in his first four innings of the year, allowing just one run.

Three teams will be opening their season at the invitational; Gannon, Wheeling Jesuit and Lewis, and each of these teams will play the Panthers twice.

The remaining five teams have already begun their season. Wayne State (Neb.) comes in with a 3-3 record while winning their last two. West Virginia Wesleyan enters the weekend at 1-3, losing three straight games. Winona State is also 3-3, winning two straight coming into this weekend. Minnesota State Mankato, an NCAA tournament team last spring, comes to the invitational with the best record at 4-2, and Notre Dame (Ohio) enters at 3-7.

By Mark Francis, Sports Information Assistant

Contact: Scott Miles

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