Brisk Spring Day Sees Panthers Split With Storm in GLIAC Opener

Brisk Spring Day Sees Panthers Split With Storm in GLIAC Opener

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After taking a 6-4 decision in the opener, Ohio Dominican's baseball team had a chance to sweep conference foe Lake Erie but couldn't come up with the big hit in game two, falling 3-1 to the Storm and settling for a split Wednesday at a chilled Panther Valley.

ODU now stands at 5-11 on the season while Lake Erie is 4-11 in the GLIAC opener for both teams.

In game one, Ohio Dominican took a 4-1 lead early but needed to rally in the sixth inning. The Storm scored in the fourth to make it 4-2, then knotted it at four with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.

Sophomore Kevin Lydic (Dublin, Ohio) reached on an error, and pinch-runner Dylan West (Westerville, Ohio) would steal second. A single by sophomore Marcus Schluessler (Zanesville, Ohio) put runners on the corners with one down and senior Ryan Rovnak (Poland, Ohio) responded with a baseknock to right field, plating West and sending Schluessler to third.

Junior Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score Schluessler, and sophomore Vince Bartolone (Broadview Heights, Ohio) worked around a leadoff single in the seventh by registering consecutive strikeouts, and freshman shortstop Jacob Horsley (Thornville, Ohio) ranged out into left field to close the game with a nifty grab of a shallow pop.

The Panthers built their lead early on the benefit of several walks and hit batters. Junior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) and freshman Collin Parcher (Napoleon, Ohio) singled in the second, and sophomore Phil Jaskot (Upper Arlington, Ohio) walked to load the bags with one down. Lydic was hit by a pitch and Horsley walked to bring in two runs, and Schluessler sent a sac fly to left that was deep enough to score Jaskot and give the Panthers a 3-0 lead.

Lake Erie scored a run in the top of the third, but ODU answered with a run in the bottom half as Lydic snuck a basehit inside the right field line, bringing home Parcher to put the Panthers on top 4-1.

Working in relief of starter Alex Borgan (Pickerington, Ohio), freshman Ryan Colegate (Centerville, Ohio) picked up his first collegiate victory with three innings of work, striking out three. Borgan had four punchouts in his three-plus innings, while Bartolone notched his first collegiate save.

Lake Erie out-hit the Panthers 15-7, but stranded nine runners on base.

In game two, the Panthers jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as Schluessler hit a leadoff double and would later come in to score on Delgado's RBI groundout.

ODU's bats fell silent after that, though, while Lake Erie tied the game in the second, then took a 3-1 lead in the third. The Panthers stranded runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth innings, and had the tying run on base in the seventh with two outs but could do no damage.

Sophomore Daniel Mooney (Wauconda, Ill.) took the loss after yielding three runs in four-plus innings, while sophomore Alberto Canales (West Park, Fla.) and junior Sean Blackburn (Wadsworth, Ohio) combined to work three innings of scoreless relief.

For the afternoon, Parcher reached base in all six of his plate appearances, finishing with three hits, drawing two walks and being hit by a pitch. Schluessler and Rovnak each had two hits on the day to also lead the Panther offense.

Ohio Dominican continues GLIAC play with a three-game series at home against Tiffin this weekend. The Panthers and Dragons will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and will play a single game at noon on Sunday in Panther Valley.

Contact: Scott Miles

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