Balanced Effort Propels Baseball To Sweep At Ashland

Balanced Effort Propels Baseball To Sweep At Ashland

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's baseball team ran, slugged and pitched its way past Ashland as the Panthers won by scores of 8-3 and 8-1 in a GLIAC doubleheader Monday afternoon.

ODU (18-14, 9-8 GLIAC) stole 10 bases in the two contests, including seven in game two alone, without being caught. The Panthers finished with 23 hits on the day and limited the Eagles to just 13.

In game one, the Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as junior Lee Sponseller (Mason, Ohio) and senior Tony Evans (Medway, Ohio) singled to start the game and stole second and third, respectively. Junior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) went to right field for a basehit to score Evans, Sponseller scored on an RBI grounder from sophomore Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio), and an RBI single from sophomore Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) brought home Childers.

In the second inning, Evans smacked an RBI double to left center that scored junior Cody Paterniti (Chardon, Ohio), and ODU's bats stayed alive in the third inning as Paterniti hit an RBI double and Evans an RBI single to bump the lead to 6-0.

Ashland (13-24, 6-15 GLIAC) scored once in the fourth, but left the bases loaded as junior Matt Kittelberger (Massillon, Ohio) induced a foul out to end the inning. Senior Kyle Burson (Brunswick, Ohio) then started the fifth inning with a solo shot to left to put ODU in front 7-1.

The Eagles threatened again in the bottom of the inning, starting the frame with four straight hits. With one out and the bases loaded, junior Tyler Magley (Baltimore, Ohio) entered and fielded a grounder back to him on the mound to start a 1-2-3 double play and end the inning.

Paterniti's RBI single down the right field line in the seventh inning gave ODU some breathing room, and Magley rolled another double play grounder to help get through the seventh and end the game.

Kittelberger picked up the victory, striking out four and allowing three runs in 4.1 innings. He improved to 4-3 on the season. Magley picked up his first save of the season and second in his career as he worked the final 2.2 innings and allowed just two hits.

A trio of Panthers finished with three hits. Burson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Paterniti finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, and Evans went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Childers went 2-for-4 and Sponseller drew two walks while finishing 1-for-3.

In game two, the Panthers jumped to a quick start again, plating two runs in the first inning as Evans stole third and scored on a throwing error, and Childers came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kaucher.

ODU stretched the lead to 5-0 in the third as Childers hit a double down the left field line to score sophomore Brad Hull (Gahanna, Ohio) and Kaucher followed with a two-run single that brought in Childers and Evans.

RBI singles by Kaucher and Hillard extended the lead to 8-0 in the sixth inning, putting the game away.

Sophomore Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) was sharp throughout as he allowed just two hits in his 6.0 innings on the mound. The Eagles managed just one infield single in the first five innings, and Sendelbach forced a pair of double play grounders in the third and fourth innings as well. The southpaw finished with five punchouts as he improved to 4-1 on the year.

Kaucher finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs and Hull went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Childers and Sponseller each had a hit and drew two walks as well.

The seven steals by ODU are the second most in a game this year, and the Panthers have stolen 16 bases over the last four games without being caught.

Ohio Dominican will play host to Walsh in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Contact: Scott Miles