Panthers Poised to Continue Winning Ways at Walsh

Bryan Rudolph
Bryan Rudolph

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's baseball team heads back on the road Wednesday looking to make it three straight wins in a conference doubleheader at Walsh.

The first game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

The Panthers enter this game with a record of 16-23 (11-13 GLIAC) while the Cavaliers come in at 18-14 (12-10 GLIAC). ODU sits in the sixth spot in the conference standings with 10 games left to play after the doubleheader.

The weekend started on Thursday for the Panthers with a sensational comeback victory over Ohio Wesleyan, 11-10, that included two late inning scoring shifts. After that win, the Panthers dropped a pair to Wayne State on Saturday, only to come back Sunday and beat the Warriors 6-3. ODU was led by the arm of senior Nick Venditti (Brecksville, Ohio) who gave up one earned run on seven hits, improving his record to 5-3 this spring.

Junior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) and sophomore Marcus Schluessler (Zanesville, Ohio) led the Panther bats with three hits each. Schluessler also scored a run for Ohio Dominican. Both freshman Collin Parcher (Napoleon, Ohio) and junior Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) added two hits to the Panther mix.

ODU is currently third in the GLIAC in batting average, batting .293 with a .371 on base percentage which is tied for fifth in the conference. Senior Ryan Rovnak (Poland, Ohio) is tied for sixth in the GLIAC and first on the team with 28 RBI and right behind him, in eighth, is Parcher with 27.

Schluessler leads the team scoring 29 times, getting walked 18 times and is second with five stolen bases.

Delgado is first on the team and third in the conference stealing 10 bases so far this season, while on the mound sophomore Daniel Mooney (Wauconda, IL) ranks second in the GLIAC with 49 punch outs this spring.

Walsh enters the doubleheader having won two of three games from Saginaw Valley over the weekend. Andrew Bonnette is leading the Cavaliers with a .386 batting average. On the mound, Ian Drapcho is a perfect 3-0 this season, starting in six games with a 1.38 ERA.

By Mark Francis, Sports Information Assistant

Contact: Scott Miles

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