Baseball Opens Up Home Schedule With Urbana, Mercyhurst

Photo By Rebekah Walker
Photo By Rebekah Walker

By Sports Information Intern Ryan Ott

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a 3-0 start to the 2017 season, the Ohio Dominican baseball team hosts Urbana in its home opener at 1 p.m. Saturday before taking on No. 13 Mercyhurst at 2 p.m. Monday at Frank Damian Field. 

About Ohio Dominican

The Panthers (3-0, 0-0 GLIAC) got off to a strong start last weekend by winning their first three games of the young season against West Liberty. ODU outscored the Hilltoppers 30-13 in the series and tied or led for all but one inning.

The Panthers hit .363 for the weekend, including 12 extra base hits, and had a .459 on-base percentage with a .615 slugging percentage. ODU also played well defensively, committing just one error in the three games. Panther pitchers also issued just nine walks in 23 innings of work.

Leading the Panthers offensively was junior infielder Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio), who went 6-of-10 at the dish with five RBIs and six runs scored. He also added 28 putouts at first base and was a part of three double plays.

Another Panther putting in a solid weekend performance was sophomore catcher Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio), who batted .500 with a home run and six RBIs. Kaucher was recognized as the GLIAC Player of the Week for his efforts.

Also homering for the Panthers over the weekend were senior Tony Evans (Medway, Ohio), senior Kyle Burson (Brunswick, Ohio), sophomore Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Chris Sackett (Loveland, Ohio). The roundtrippers for Evans, Hillard and Sackett were the first of their careers, and Sackett's was a three-run walkoff in Sunday's series finale.

Junior outfielder Cody Paterniti (Chardon, Ohio) leads the team with three stolen bases and is currently tied for second in the GLIAC in this department.

Ohio Dominican got a strong outing from sophomore pitcher Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) in its first matchup with the Hilltoppers as he threw seven innings of eight-hit, one-run baseball. Burson struck out five in 6.1 innings in his first collegiate start, and sophomore Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) was sharp in allowing just four hits in his 5.1 innings last Sunday.

Ohio Dominican also received contributions out of the bullpen from juniors Tyler Magley (Baltimore, Ohio) and Dustin Cowart (Hoover, Alabama), who combined to throw 2.2 innings, allowing no runs.  Notching his first save of the young season was junior Joe Filosa (Fort Wayne, Ind.) as well. 

About Urbana

Urbana enters Saturday's contest with a 3-3 record, having won consecutive games, scoring 13 runs a piece in those games.

Their offensive attack is led by junior infielder Isac Franklin, who in six games has ten hits in 20 at-bats and is tied for second on the team with seven RBIs. The Blue Knights have two home runs on the young season, both by junior infielder Connor Coy. He also posts a .412 batting average and leads the team in RBIs with nine and total bases with 17. 

Dalton Greenwalt for Urbana is currently the team leader in ERA at 0.00 on one start. In that start, he went five innings and allowed two unearned runs, while striking out three and allowing two walks.

About Mercyhurst

The Lakers (5-1, 0-0 PSAC) come into Monday's game with ODU riding a three game winning streak.  In those three games, all played against Post, they scored a total of 27 runs. Leading them in runs scored with nine is senior infielder Cameron Balego. At the dish, he is batting .467 and has one double as well as a home run and two RBIs. 

Mercyhurst is led offensively so far by Jimmy Latona, who in six games is batting .556 with two home runs and three RBIs. He also leads the team in total bases with 17. Leading the team in at-bats and RBI's with 21 and nine respectively is junior infielder Daniel Elliott.

The leading pitcher for the Lakers is junior Matthew Minnick, who has two wins in two starts. In those two games, he has a total of 11 strikeouts on only three walks.  He also threw a complete game in his last outing, only allowing four hits.

Contact: Scott Miles