COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After splitting its first four conference games on the road, Ohio Dominican's baseball team kicks off an 11-game homestand at 1 p.m. Wednesday with a doubleheader against GLIAC foe Findlay. The Panthers will also welcome in Northwood for four league games Saturday and Sunday.
ODU finished 2-2 at Tiffin in its opening weekend of conference play, receiving strong pitching performances throughout the series.
Five Panther pitchers combined to hold Tiffin to just 24 hits in the four-game set, allowing just six earned runs in the process. Sean Blackburn, Alex Borgan and Erik Lamka all went the distance for ODU, with neither yielding more than two earned runs. Zane Miller also had a solid outing, going five innings and fanning five. The Dragons hit just .235 for the weekend and the Panther staff issued just seven walks.
At the plate, Felix Brown led the way with a .556 batting average, five walks, six runs scored and four stolen bases. JT Feldkamp was also solid, hitting .364 with three RBI, and Nick DiNello brought in three as well.
NOTING THE OILERS AND TIMBERWOLVES
Findlay has lost four games in a row and enters with a 2-11-1 mark on the season. The Timberwolves are 7-5 on the season and have won two games in a row, defeating nationally ranked Ashland.
BLACKBURN, BORGAN BRINGING IT
Alex Borgan worked seven innings against No. 1 Georgia College and earned the victory after striking out six and allowing just four hits and one run. He leads the team with 28 innings pitched and has the lone complete game of the season.
Sean Blackburn was stellar with eight no-hit innings against Columbus State, and he also struck out six, though did not earn a decision. He's allowed just 10 hits in 22 innings this spring, including just four in his past 17.1 innings.
IN THE SWING OF THINGS
JT Feldkamp has started all 14 games and just saw his career-best seven game hitting streak snapped against Malone. The senior is hitting .349 with a .462 on-base percentage, team-bests in both categories, and is second on the team with six walks and seven runs scored.
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE
Felix Brown enjoyed a tremendous at the plate against Tiffin, as the senior hit .556 in the weekend series. Brownwent 5-for-9, including one double, one triple, five walks and two RBI. On the season, he is batting .283 and is tied for the team lead with seven RBI.
Senior outfielder Germaine McAlpine hit the ball well early, recording multiple-hit games for the first four games of the season. He is currently hitting .289 on the season with a .378 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .316.
The Panthers will play host to Shawnee State on Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. at Panther Valley. ODU holds a 27-13 all-time series advantage over the Bears.
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