COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Kyle Price (Pickerington, Ohio) threw his first career complete game and Ohio Dominican's offense picked up some key hits as the Panthers took game two of a doubleheader against Saginaw Valley State 6-3 Thursday at Frank Damian Field. The Cardinals won the first game of the GLIAC twinbill by a count of 4-1.
Price threw 109 pitches, 69 of which went for strikes, and limited the Cardinals to five hits and two earned runs. He struck out a season-best six and walked three hitters.
The Cardinals scored twice in the third on a two-run double to take a 2-0 lead. The Panthers, held hitless through three innings, came charging back with a three-run fourth. Senior Felix Brown (Philipsburg, St. Maarten) led off with a double and beat the throw to third on a fielder's choice grounder by junior Austin Grate (Fort Wayne, Ind.), putting runners on the corner with nobody out. Freshman Anthony Raschilla (Girard, Ohio) ripped a double into the gap in left center to score Brown, and sophomore Zack Dascenzo (Uniontown, Pa.) singled back up the middle to bring in Grate and tie the game at two. A double play groundout quelled ODU's momentum but did bring in Raschilla to make it 3-2.
SVSU tied it in the fifth after an error put two runners on board with nobody out, but Price was able to avoid further damage by stranding runners on second and third with a strikeout and a groundout. ODU regained the lead in its half of the fifth, as sophomore Nick DiNello (Boardman, Ohio) led off the inning with a walk and senior Germaine McAlpine (Canton, Ohio) lined a single off second baseman Kyle Parks' glove. DiNello, who was running with the pitch, went to third, and scored as junior Evan Shaw (Delaware, Ohio) dropped a perfect bunt single down the first base line to make it 4-3.
A wild pitch put both McAlpine and Shaw into scoring position, and Brown fought back from a 1-2 count to hit a deep fly ball to left to score McAlpine. Shaw went to third on the play, and scored one batter later after Grate singled between the hole at short and third to put ODU on top 6-3.
The Cardinals put the leadoff man on board in the sixth, but Price induced Jason Potts to hit into a double play and closed the inning with another groundout. The right-hander then struck out the first two Cardinals he faced in the seventh, and after a walk, ended the game with a groundout to Brown at short.
In the opener, the Panthers had several scoring chances fall by the wayside as Saginaw Valley took the first game by a count of 4-1. After the Cardinals scored once in the top of the first, ODU struck back quickly in its half as Grate lined a one-out double over the head of right fielder Kyle O'Boyle to score Brown, but Grate would be stranded in scoring position.
SVSU tacked on another run in the second, but senior starter Zane Miller (London, Ohio) settled in after then, allowing just two base runners in the third, fourth and fifth innings. ODU would leave a runner in scoring position in the third, have a runner thrown out at home in the fourth and a runner caught stealing in the fifth to thwart opportunities to tie the game, however.
A leadoff home run in the sixth extended the Cardinal lead to 3-1, and the Panthers hit into their second double play of the ballgame in their half of the inning. SVSU plated another insurance run in the seventh, and the Panthers couldn't answer, leaving the bases loaded with two outs to close the game.
Shaw and McAlpine had three hits apiece on the afternoon for ODU, which tallied 15 hits in the doubleheader. Brown, Grate, DiNello and Raschilla also had a pair of hits, and Grate drove in two runs as well.
Following the split, ODU stands at 13-22 (10-14 GLIAC), while the Cardinals moved to 15-19 (10-12 GLIAC).
The Cardinals and Panthers close their four-game series with a noon doubleheader on Saturday. Following the games, ODU's five seniors – Brown, JT Feldkamp (Lorain, Ohio), Kyle Gore (Solon, Ohio), Miller and McAlpine – will be recognized for their contributions to the program over the past four years.
Contact: Scott Miles