Pitching Powers Panthers Past Cavaliers

Alex Borgan
Alex Borgan

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – Senior Alex Borgan (Pickerington, Ohio) and sophomore Daniel Mooney (Wauconda, Ill.) combined to hold Walsh to one run on five hits in two games as Ohio Dominican's baseball team went on the road to sweep the Cavaliers 2-1 and 6-0 Thursday in GLIAC play.

Today's games, pushed back 24 hours due to rain throughout Ohio on Wednesday, lifted the Panthers to 18-23 on the season and back to .500 in GLIAC play at 13-13. Walsh fell to 18-16 (12-12 GLIAC).

With seven games left in their conference schedule, ODU has moved to fourth in the GLIAC standings, a half game in front of Saginaw Valley and one game in front of Findlay and Northwood.

Two first inning runs proved enough for the Panthers in the opener against Walsh as Mooney twirled a three-hitter in leading ODU to the victory.

Mooney went the distance for the fourth time this season, and the three hits he allowed was the fewest in any of his starts that lasted longer than four innings this spring. He struck out six in improving to 5-4 on the season.

Sophomore Marcus Schluessler (Zanesville, Ohio) was hit by a pitch to start the game, then later came across to score on a one-out single to center by classmate Kyle Tisdale (Uniontown, Ohio). Junior Anthony Raschilla (Girard, Ohio), the next batter, then drove a double to left that brought in Tisdale and gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first.

Mooney set down nine of the first 10 batters before finally yielding a run in the fourth, as a leadoff walk would later come in to score to cut the ODU lead to a run.

The Cavaliers threatened in both the fifth and sixth innings, putting two runners on board in each frame, but the right-hander worked out of trouble with an inning-ending groundout in the fifth and a flyout to end the sixth.

Walsh would put a runner on board in the seventh via a two-out walk, but Mooney ended the game by inducing a flyout to center to secure the ODU win.

The Panthers managed just five hits themselves in the contest, with Tisdale and Raschilla each accounting for two.

After a quiet first two innings in game two, Ohio Dominican's offense exploded with a four-run third to propel it to the doubleheader sweep. Junior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) started the inning with a bunt single, and walks to sophomore Phil Jaskot (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and freshman Jacob Horsley (Thornville, Ohio) loaded the bases with nobody out.

Schluessler scored Rudolph with a sacrifice fly, and senior Ryan Rovnak (Poland, Ohio) walked to re-load the bases. Tisdale delivered a single to left-center to plate two runs, and Raschilla followed with an RBI baseknock to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead.

The Panthers struck again in the fifth, with Raschilla blasting his second home run of the spring and Rudolph lacing an RBI single to right that scored junior Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) and stretched the Panther lead to 6-0.

That was more than enough for Borgan, who stymied Walsh the entire contest. He allowed just two singles in his complete game outing, walking three while striking out a career-high seven batters.

The Cavaliers threatened only once, putting runners on second and third with one out in the third, but Borgan earned a pair of backward K's to end the inning and keep Walsh off the scoreboard.

After yielding a leadoff single in the fifth, Borgan retired nine of the next 10 hitters to close the game, striking out the side in the seventh for his first complete game of the season and the first shutout of the year by the Panthers.

Raschilla and Rudolph both had two hits for the Panthers in the nightcap. Raschilla finished the afternoon 4-for-7 with the homer, double and three RBI.

Ohio Dominican returns home for a three-game series with Northwood this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. from Panther Valley.

Contact: Scott Miles

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