Panthers Return to Diamond Thursday to Conclude Regular Season

Marcus Schluessler
Marcus Schluessler

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With wins in four of its past five games, Ohio Dominican's baseball team concludes its push towards a potential GLIAC Tournament bid with its final regular season contests of the spring this week against Walsh and Ashland.

ODU (20-24, 15-14 GLIAC) hosts Walsh (22-17, 14-13 GLIAC) in a doubleheader on Thursday, with the first game counting towards the GLIAC standings and the second a non-conference tilt. The Panthers then travel to Ashland (28-15, 16-11) for a three-game series starting Saturday.

Ohio Dominican is percentage points behind Walsh for fourth place in the GLIAC standings, but the Cavaliers are not eligible for the conference tournament this spring as a transitioning NCAA team. With the top six teams earning bids to the tourney, ODU comes into the week two games behind third-place Ashland. The Panthers are 1.5 games in front of Saginaw Valley (12-20, 10-12 GLIAC) and two games in front of both Findlay (19-21, 12-15 GLIAC) and Northwood (16-21, 11-14) in the standings.

After sweeping Walsh in Canton last Thursday, the Panthers took a home series from Northwood over the weekend. ODU outscored Walsh and Northwood 28-16 in the five games last week, batting .322 as a team while notching a 3.16 ERA.

Offensively, junior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) batted .500 with a .588 on-base percentage, and classmate Anthony Raschilla (Girard, Ohio) stayed hot at the plate with nine hits in 19 at bats, including a home run. Raschilla has at least one hit in 14 of the past 17 games.

Other contributors at the plate last week included sophomore Kyle Tisdale (Uniontown, Ohio), who batted .381 with eight RBI, and sophomore Marcus Schluessler (Zanesville, Ohio) and junior Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela), who each batted .333.

On the mound, both senior Alex Borgan (Pickerington, Ohio) and sophomore Daniel Mooney (Wauconda, Ill.) were sharp. They each tossed complete games against Walsh, with Borgan throwing a two-hit shutout and fanning a career-best seven, while Mooney allowed just three hits and one run.

Overall, the Panthers are hitting .296 as a team, which is fourth in the GLIAC, and they're third in total runs scored with 239 this spring, averaging 5.4 per game. ODU's team ERA of 4.31 is good for sixth in the conference, and over the last 13 games the team's ERA is 3.60.

Walsh enters Thursday's matchup having won four straight games, taking two from Tiffin over the weekend and sweeping a non-conference doubleheader form Mercyhurst, which is ranked No. 8 in the Atlantic Region. The Cavaliers are hitting .268 as a team, which is 11th in the conference, and have a 4.11 ERA.

Ashland, which squares off with Findlay on Wednesday before entertaining the Panthers this weekend, lost a weekend series to first-place Grand Valley and has dropped four of five ballgames overall. The Eagles rank second with a .300 batting average in the GLIAC and have a 3.41 team ERA, which is also second.

Contact: Scott Miles

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