COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican baseball team (13-8, 4-2 GLIAC) will host Wayne State (14-9, 4-2 GLIAC) Wednesday in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Frank Damian Field.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers have been led offensively this season by junior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio). Childers is hitting a team leading .408 from the right side of the plate, tallying 31 hits through the first 21 games of the season. Childers ranks third in the GLIAC in slugging (.711), fourth in on-base percentage (.489) and fifth in batting average (.408). He's also fourth in homers (five), fifth in runs scored (25) and ninth in RBIs (23).
Sophomore Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) ranks second on the Panthers in both batting average and RBIs. Kaucher is hitting .403 on the season, good for seventh in the GLIAC. He also ranks 10th in OBP (.453) and 12th in slugging (.610), while his 20 RBIs is 14th in the conference.
Sophomore Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio) and senior Tony Evans (Medway, Ohio) have been wreaking havoc on the base paths. Bland ranks fourth in the league with eight steals and Evans ranks sixth with seven steals.
Overall, the Panthers rank fourth in the conference in batting average (.309), OBP (.386) and slugging percentage (.461). ODU leads the league with nine triples as well.
Two members of the Ohio Dominican pitching staff rank in the top five for earned run average in the GLIAC. Sophomore Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) is second in the GLIAC with an ERA of 1.48. He has thrown 24.1 innings this season, giving up only four earned runs, and striking out 20. Senior Kyle Burson (Brunswick, Ohio) has an ERA of 2.28, good for third in the GLIAC. Burson has thrown 23.2 innings this season, striking out 14 batters in the process. Wilson and Burson have each thrown a complete game on the season.
Overall, the Panthers sit fifth in the GLIAC with a 4.69 ERA as a staff.
About Wayne State
The Warriors split their four game series against the Findlay Oilers this past weekend. Sean Winkelseth leads the team with a .347 batting average while Brad Baldwin is hitting .333 with 14 RBIs. Griffin Harms, Devin Rose and Justin Kelly have each hit four home runs.
The Warrior pitching staff is led by Hunter Brown, who is 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts, while Chris Horvath has started six games and is 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA. Out of the bullpen, Josh Nelson (0.96 ERA) and Taylor Horn (1.27 ERA) have paced the Warriors.
The Warriors took the first two games against the Panthers this season at the Russ Matt Florida Invitational.
Contact: Scott Miles