By Brian Moracz, Sports Information Intern
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican baseball team (4-1) looks to continue its hot start this coming week in the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational. The Panthers will play 10 games over a span of eight days, including two conference games against Wayne State.
About Ohio Dominican
Over their five games this season, the Panthers have scored 45 runs, good for an average of nine runs per game. This offensive outburst has been due in big part to the play of junior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio). Childers is hitting a team leading .667 batting average, tallying 12 hits in his first 18 at-bats on the season. Childers' 12 hits include a team leading four doubles. Childers has also racked up a team leading 10 RBIs on the young season.
Sophomore Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) has also been a major contributor at the dish. Kaucher is third on the team in batting average, and second in hits and RBIs behind Childers. Kaucher is hitting .421 from the plate, going 8-for-19 through five games, and has tallied eight RBIs. His batting average ranks him tenth in the GLIAC. He is joined in the top ten by teammate junior Max Banke (Oakwood, Ohio) whose .429 batting average ranks ninth in the GLIAC.
Junior Cody Paterniti (Chardon, Ohio) leads the team with three stolen bases on the season, which ranks tied for sixth in the GLIAC on the season.
Leading the team in innings pitched is sophomore Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio), having thrown 11 innings on the season. Wilson has a team leading 2.45 ERA on the season, tallying four strikeouts, and accumulating a win-loss record of 1-1. Wilson's 2.45 ERA ranks him ninth in the GLIAC.
Sophomore Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) has a team leading nine strikeouts on the season, compiling his season high in strikeouts with five against Urbana on March 4. In that game, Sendelbach threw five innings, giving up only two earned runs. He was also credited with the win.
Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational Schedule:
Sat. 11 – vs. Notre Dame (Ohio), 9:15 AM EST
Sat. 11 – vs. Notre Dame (Ohio), 12:15 PM EST
Sun. 12 – vs. Pace, 3:30 PM EST
Mon. 13 – at Florida Southern, 6:00 PM EST
Tue. 14 – vs. Seton Hill, 12:45 PM EST
Wed. 15 – vs. Pace, 2:30 PM EST
Thu. 16 – vs. Seton Hill, 12:30 PM EST
Fri. 17 – vs. Mansfield, 1:00 PM EST
Sat. 18 – vs. Wayne State, 10:00 AM EST (Conference Game)
Sat. 18 – vs. Wayne State, 12:30 PM EST (Conference Game)
Contact: Scott Miles