Fast Start Comes Up Empty As Panthers Fall to No. 10 Grand Valley
COLUMBUS, Ohio – An early 4-0 lead by Ohio Dominican's baseball team over No. 10 Grand Valley State went for naught as the Lakers roared back to take a 17-5 win in the opening game of Saturday's GLIAC doubleheader. GVSU kept the momentum going in game two to score a 6-0 victory.
With the setbacks, ODU slipped back to .500 at 23-23 on the season (15-17 GLIAC), while the Lakers improved to 36-12 (26-8 GLIAC).
The Panthers must win both games tomorrow to keep their postseason chances alive, as Ashland and Tiffin both sit at 18-16 in the conference.
ODU raced to a 3-0 lead in the opener, notching four hits in the first inning. With two outs, sophomore Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) singled into right field, and freshman Kyle Tisdale (Uniontown, Ohio) just beat the throw home for the first run. Senior John Bowron (Dayton, Ohio) then ripped a triple high off the wall in left, scoring both Rudolph and sophomore Anthony Raschilla (Girard, Ohio) to give the Panthers the three-run cushion.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the third, when Rudolph turned on a 2-0 fastball and deposited it over the wall in left field for his fourth home run of the season, staking the Panthers to a 4-0 lead.
Freshman Austin Bueter (Wauseon, Ohio) pitched well through the first three frames and worked his way out of a jam in the fourth. After issuing two walks to load the bases, the right hander induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Things went downhill for ODU after that point, though, as GVSU tied the game at four in the fifth, then exploded for six runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh to take a 17-4 lead. The Lakers had 16 hits of their 19 hits in the final three innings and also took advantage of three Panther errors, as just seven of the 17 runs were earned.
Bowron finished the opener 3-for-3 and Rudolph went 2-for-3 to also lead the Panthers.
In game two, the Panthers managed just six singles and didn't put a runner in scoring position until the fifth inning. Grand Valley opened a 5-0 lead through the first three frames, then tacked on its final run in the fifth. Bowron and redshirt junior Zack Dascenzo (Uniontown, Pa.) started the fifth with consecutive singles but a strikeout and double play ended the inning.
The Panthers would load the bases in the seventh with two outs but also failed to score.
Ohio Dominican and Grand Valley wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader at noon tomorrow. ODU's six seniors will be recognized following the second game.
Contact: Scott Miles