Solid Performances Lead Baseball Sweep Over Dragons

Ryan Rovnak
Ryan Rovnak

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior center fielder Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) had six RBI and sophomore Cole Carpenter (Zanesville, Ohio) twirled his first complete game of the year as Ohio Dominican's baseball team swept visiting Tiffin in a GLIAC doubleheader Saturday at Panther Valley.

The Panthers improved to 7-11 on the season (3-1 GLIAC) and have won four of their past five games overall. Tiffin fell to 8-11 (2-2 GLIAC).

ODU came up with clutch hits throughout both games, going 3-for-4 in bases loaded situations and finishing with nine hits in 18 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Delgado went 4-for-6 in the two games with a double, a triple, a walk and the six RBI, notching three in each game. Senior Ryan Rovnak (Poland, Ohio) had three hits and four RBI, while sophomore Kevin Lydic (Dublin, Ohio) and freshman Collin Parcher (Napoleon, Ohio) had three hits apiece as well to lead the offense.

In the opener, Tiffin plated two runs with two out singles in the opening inning to take an early 2-0 lead.

The Panthers loaded the bases with none down in the third, benefited by a pair of hit batsmen, and Rovnak brought two home with a double to the wall in left. Delgado followed by slapping a base hit through the left side of the infield to score Schluessler and give ODU a 3-2 lead.

Tiffin answered with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to re-gain the lead, 4-3, but the Panthers answered again in the bottom half. A Dragon error on a bunt by freshman Jacob Horsley (Thornville, Ohio) allowed junior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) to score, and the Panthers would then load the bases with nobody down.

Rovnak roped a single into right to score Lydic, and Delgado smacked a double into the gap in right-center to score two more runs. With still no outs and two runners on, Tisdale hit a towering fly to left that smacked off the foul pole in left for a three-run homer, giving the Panthers a 10-4 lead and capping the seven-run inning.

Rovnak, Delgado and Tisdale each finished with three RBI in the game, while Lydic had two hits and scored twice. Sophomore Marcus Schluessler (Zanesville, Ohio) and Horsley also scored two runs each.

Senior Nick Venditti (Brecksville, Ohio) battled through 5.2 innings to improve to 3-1 on the season, allowing five runs. Freshman Ryan Colegate (Centerville, Ohio) and sophomore Vince Bartolone (Broadview Heights, Ohio) worked in relief to close out the Dragons in the sixth and seventh innings.

In game two, Carpenter was solid throughout in earning his first win of the season. He limited the Dragons to four hits and struck out three while throwing 103 pitches.

The Panthers jumped to a 2-0 lead in this one, as in the first inning Rovnak doubled inside the left field line, then came in to score on Delgado's infield single. Later, Delgado himself would come in to score as Parcher legged out an infield basehit to give the Panthers the two-run cushion.

The score remained that way through the fourth when Tiffin put two runs on the board to knot it at 2-2. Carpenter avoided further damage by getting a groundout and a flyout to end the inning and leave two runners on board.

ODU's offense then cracked through in the fifth, as Rudolph walked to start the frame and Lydic ripped a single back up the middle off the pitcher's foot. Schluessler walked to load the bases, and Rovnak reached on a fielder's choice grounder with Schluessler breaking up a potential double play at second.

That allowed Rudolph to score to put ODU in front 3-2, and Delgado followed with the big blow, crushing an opposite field triple to the wall in right that brought in Rovnak and Lydic to give ODU a 5-2 lead.

Carpenter worked around a two-out walk in the sixth, then set the Dragons down in order in the seventh to pick up his first win of the season.

Ohio Dominican and Tiffin conclude their three-game series with an 11 a.m. contest Sunday at Panther Valley.

Contact: Scott Miles

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