Bats Continue To Power #18 Baseball As Panthers Sweep D&E

Bats Continue To Power #18 Baseball As Panthers Sweep D&E

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After pulling out an 11-9 win in game one against Davis & Elkins, Ohio Dominican's baseball team cruised to a 26-6 win over the Senators in game two in G-MAC play from Panther Valley on Saturday.

The Panthers, ranked No. 18 in the nation, have now won nine straight games. ODU (17-4, 6-0 G-MAC) has tallied 10 or more runs seven times in the streak and now has scored in double figures 11 times on the season.

Several superlatives were hit in the second contest. It was the first time ODU has scored that many runs in a game since a 26-19 win at Pikeville on April 29, 2000. The margin of victory was the biggest for the Panthers since a 23-0 win at Malone on April 5, 2002. The Panthers pounded out 27 hits in this contest, which is the first time they've had at least 25 hits in a game since a 19-5 win at Denison on April 12, 2006, when they had 25.

The 26 runs are tied for the fourth-most in a Division II game this year

Overall, the Panthers finished with 41 hits and 37 runs in the two games. Eight of the nine starters had at least three hits in the doubleheader, with a trio registering five hits in senior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) and juniors Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio) and Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio).

The Panthers were cruising early in game one, jumping to a 9-0 lead through three innings. Junior Jace Komminsk (Westerville, Ohio) had a two-run double in the first inning and a two-run error staked the Panthers to a 4-0 lead right out of the gate, and the Panthers tacked on three more runs in the second and two more in the third on RBI singles from Bland and Childers to build that cushion.

The Senators stormed back with a five-run fifth, though, to climb back within 9-6, but ODU answered in the sixth with two runs to go back in front 11-6. Once again the Senators came back, scoring three times themselves in the sixth to make it 11-9, but senior Tyler Magley (Baltimore, Ohio) came in with the bases loaded and struck out a pair and induced a grounder to end any further scoring threat.

Magley then ended the seventh inning by forcing a double play grounder before turning it over to freshman Tim Zeller (Mount Vernon, Ohio) for the eighth. Zeller struck out two in a perfect frame, and junior Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) closed out the ninth with a one-two-three inning as well to pick up his fourth save of the year.

The Panthers finished with 14 hits in the opener as Bland went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Komminsk finished 3-for-5 to lead the offense. Childers was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI and Kaucher finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Paterniti scored three times.

Junior Joe Filosa (Fort Wayne, Ind.) picked up the win, striking out a career-high 10 in just 5.0 innings of work. He threw 70 of his 94 pitches for strikes in the contest.

The Panthers kept their foot on the pedal for the entirety of game two, this time leading 11-0 after three innings. ODU scored six times in the first inning, with sophomore Joey Machuga (Canfield, Ohio) clearing the bases with a double, followed by an RBI double from junior Chris Sackett (Loveland, Ohio). RBI singles by Paterniti and Bland capped the scoring for ODU in the opening frame, and in the second inning, senior Max Banke (Oakwood, Ohio) hit his first career homer, a two-run liner to left center, to help make it 9-0.

An RBI double by Kaucher and a Machuga sac fly in the third stretched the lead to 11-0, and though the Senators scored four times in the fourth, the Panthers did not relent. ODU clubbed three homers in a four-batter stretch in the fifth inning, part of a nine-run frame, to build a 20-4 lead. Childers cranked a three-run missile to left, Kaucher hit a two-run shot to right, and Machuga followed with a solo blast to left to complete the onslaught.

The Panthers then tacked on six more runs in the seventh, with freshman Josh Oddi (Gahanna, Ohio) hitting an RBI single, junior Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) hitting a two-run double to straightaway center, Sackett launching a two-run shot to left and sophomore Jonathan Conkle (Massillon, Ohio) capping it off with an RBI single back up the middle.

Nine Panthers had two or more hits in the nightcap, which took nearly three hours to complete. Childers went 3-for-3 and was hit by two pitches, scoring three times with three RBIs. Kaucher had three hits and a walk with three RBIs and three runs, while Sackett also had three hits, three runs and three RBIs.

Machuga knocked in five and scored three runs, while registering two hits were junior Brad Hull (Gahanna, Ohio), senior Matt Meihls (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Banke, Paterniti and Bland.

Junior Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) improved to 3-0 on the year, working 6.0 innings and striking out five while walking just one.

Ohio Dominican remains at home for a doubleheader with Alderson Broaddus starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Contact: Scott Miles