Panther Pride: Top 13 Moments From 2012-13 (#2)

The baseball team mobs junior Anthony Raschilla after his walkoff basehit against Lake Erie. (Photo courtesy Mr. Jeff Ligney, GLIAC Office)
The baseball team mobs junior Anthony Raschilla after his walkoff basehit against Lake Erie. (Photo courtesy Mr. Jeff Ligney, GLIAC Office)

The 2012-13 season was another landmark year for Ohio Dominican athletics as the athletic programs took another step forward in the NCAA Division II ranks. OhioDominicanPanthers.com is counting down the top moments from the past year.

#13 - Women's Tennis Claims Dramatic Win Over Tiffin (June 17)
#12 – Men's Basketball Overtime Win at Central State (June 18)
#11 – Baseball Braves Elements, Walks Off Winners (June 19)
#10 – Volleyball Rallies in Five in Longest GLIAC Match of Season (June 20)
#9 – Walker Rewrites Cross Country Record Books (June 21)
#8 – Women's Soccer Team Wins in Dramatic Fashion (June 24)
#7 – Softball Captures Wild 18-17 Home Opening Win (June 25) 
#6 – Hockenberry's Hot Hand Helps Panthers To Heart-Stopping Wins (June 26)
#5 – Football Breaks Records in 2012 Campaign (June 27)
#4 - Softball Opens GLIAC Tournament with Win (June 28)
#3 – Men's Soccer Halts Falcons Win Steak (July 1)

#2 – Baseball Makes Run to GLIAC Championship Round

After qualifying for the GLIAC Baseball Tournament for the first time in school history, it appeared as though it would be a short trip for Ohio Dominican's baseball team, as the Panthers suffered a 10-2 defeat at the hands of Ashland to begin the double-elimination tournament.

ODU was then faced with the prospect of playing No. 1 seed and nationally ranked Grand Valley in day two of tournament play, after having lost two of three games to the Lakers in the regular season.

Undeterred, the Panthers scored twice in the first inning, then plated three more runs in the fourth to claim a 5-1 lead.

Grand Valley threatened in the fifth, loading the bases, but Alex Borgan induced a grounder to end the threat, and ODU would pull away with a 7-2 win.

The Panthers then advanced to take on Lake Erie in an elimination game for both teams, and neither side relented in an 11-inning classic.

After the Storm took a 3-1 lead in the fifth, RBI base hits by Ryan Rovnak, Anthony Raschilla and Collin Parcher put the Panthers on top 4-3 in the bottom of that inning.

Lake Erie evened the game at 4-4 in the sixth, but the Panthers struck back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, with Jacob Horsley and Dylan West delivering RBI singles.

But Lake Erie didn't go quietly, scoring twice in the ninth to send the game to extras, then grabbing a 7-6 lead in the top of the 11th frame.

Down to their final at bat, the Panthers wasted no time in starting their rally. West was hit by a pitch and Marcus Schluessler drew a walk to put two on. Rovnak's sac bunt moved them into scoring position, and after an intentional walk to Kyle Tisdale, Raschilla drilled a base hit through the left side of the infield to score the game-winning runs and send the Panthers spilling onto the field in celebration.

That win sent the Panthers into the single-elimination championship round, but ODU would ultimately fall to Ashland by a score of 7-5 after rallying from a 7-0 deficit.

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