COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's baseball team will welcome 12 new faces into the program for the 2019 season following the initial signing period this fall.
Under the direction of second year head coach Chris Antonides, ODU is coming off of a 25-24 record in 2017. The Panthers batted .324 as a team with 58 home runs and averaged 7.0 runs per game.
"We strongly believe that we secured not only the top talent in the Columbus region, but also throughout the state of Ohio," Antonides said. "I can't think our coaching staff enough for the tireless effort they put in to help make this class possible."
The incoming class will look to carry on from the upcoming graduating class of nine seniors, followed by a 15 member junior class at ODU.
"When we set out to build this class, we evaluated players who can make an immediate impact to help take us not just to the top of the G-MAC, but to also compete at the regional and national level," Antonides said. "We believe that we did that with these young men. We are not only excited about adding these student-athletes to the program due to their on-field capacity, but more importantly, we are ecstatic about the type of people and families that we are adding to Ohio Dominican University. Many of the young men have a strong background in the classroom as well as making an impact in the community, all values that we encourage our players to maintain throughout their time here at ODU."
The 2018 season will begin with a three-game series at Georgia Southwestern on Feb. 10-11.
(Signees bios in alphabetical order)
Billy Criblez | 6-1 | RHP | Mantua, Ohio/Garrettsville Garfield
High School: Three-sport varsity letterman…First Team All Diamond League…Scholar Athletic Academic Letter winner…G-Man Award recipient… Batted .341 with a .455 OBP and .500 slugging percentage…Had a 3.35 ERA with 33 strikeouts…Favorite moment was striking out 11 in the first round of playoffs of as a junior… Also played basketball and ran cross country… Cross country team captain…Helped Garfield win basketball district title.
Personal: Son of Bill and Tawny Criblez… Has one brother, Travis… Enjoys shooting pool, Chess Club, and being outside…Picked ODU because of the feel of a small campus around a big city, and the best combination of academics and athletics.
Jacob Daniel | 6-2 | IF | Troy, Ohio/Troy
High School: Second Team All-Area…Second team all-conference…Batted .384 with 74 hits, 21 doubles, five triples, five homers and 55 RBIs as a junior with a .996 fielding percentage.
Personal: Son of Chris and Kasey Daniel… Has a sister, Ellie… President of Interact Club… Member of Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy…Member of Reading Buddy…Enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with friends and family, and playing video games….Picked ODU because "I fell in love with it as soon as I stepped on campus. The facilities and coaches are some of the best around and I love the 'small school in a big city' environment."
Spencer Kiehl | 5-9 | P/OF | Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington
High School: First Team All-District…First Team All-OCC…Set school record for strikeouts and ERA… Columbus Dispatch Athlete of the Week… 0.98 ERA and 69 strikeouts…Started junior season with pair of no-hitters.
Personal: Son of Sam and Marci Kiehl…Has two siblings, Jake and Alli…Enjoys playing video games… Picked ODU because of the coaches, campus, and location, as well as the opportunity to contribute early.
Evan Lacey | 6-4 | P | Amherst, Ohio/Firelands
High School: Notched a 3-2 record with a 1.56 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 27 innings…Threw three complete games with one shutout…Also played basketball and golf.
Personal: Son of Brian Lacey and Laura Michaels…Has a brother, Adam…Enjoys golfing…Member of National Honors Society…Picked ODU because of the great campus, athletic facilities, and coaching staff.
Michael Lang | 5-11 | IF | Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop McNicholas
High School: As a junior, earned First Team All-GCL, First Team All-Cincinnati, First Team All-SWOBCA, PBR Second Team All-Ohio and OHSBCA Honorable Mention All-Ohio accolades…Batted .452 with 38 hits, 18 runs scored, four doubles, two triples and six steals…As a sophomore, earned Second Team All-GCL honors…Career .422 hitters with 57 hits and 31 runs…Has also earned three letters on the basketball team.
Personal: Son of Greg and Kelley Lang…Has one brother, Matthew…Enjoys playing basketball and golf… Picked ODU because "it is a Catholic University with strong academics and a good baseball program. The coaches and baseball field was great. It felt like the perfect fit for me."
William Laurendeau | 6-2 | P | Avon, Ohio/Avon
High School: Three-year letterwinner in both baseball and soccer…Earned all-county recognition.
Personal: Son of Ben and Lana Laurendeau…Favorite hobby is working out…Picked ODU because it felt like a family and because of the coaching staff.
Johnathon Novinec | 6-3 | P | Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln
High School: 7-3 career record with a 2.05 ERA …Winning pitcher in district title game…Also played football.
Personal: Son of John and Samantha Rogers and Al and Tina Novinec…Has four siblings: Trevor, Jaime, Candas, and Brittany…Picked ODU because "it felt like a second home and I knew the Panther baseball program will develop me as a person and a pitcher."
Nick Renken | 6-2 | C | Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis Desales
Personal: Son of Lisa and Chuck Renken…Has two siblings, Liz and Kelcee…Enjoys hanging out with his friends and lifting…Picked ODU because of the atmosphere at practice and the school.
Zach Schone | 6-2 | IF | Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial
High School: First team all-conference as a junior, batting .273 with 10 RBIs…Helped lead Warriors to league title…Earned second team all-league honors as a sophomore after hitting .400…Also played basketball.
Personal: Son of Don and Deanna Schone… Has a brother, Parker Schone…Member of Young Life and Drug Free Club…Picked ODU because it is close to home, great baseball competition, great coaching, beautiful campus, and a good science department.
Thomas Staab | 5-11 | OF | Bellville, Ohio/Clear Fork
High School: Four-year letterwinner…Earned first team all-conference and second team all-district honors…As a junior, batted .545 with a .662 OBP, 30 hits, 26 runs scored and 31 stolen bases…Helped lead Clear Fork to state semifinals…Lettered three times in football, earning second team all-conference honors and rushing for 1,000 yards as a junior…Also runs track.
Personal: Son of Rusty and Jennifer Staab…Has five siblings: Emily, Samantha (runs track at John Carroll), Joe (plays baseball at Heidelberg), Martha (plays soccer at Northern Kentucky), and Elizabeth…Picked ODU to "be a part of the baseball program, as well as the small campus atmosphere with close connections to a big city."
Jaden Tabler | 6-0 | LHP | Van Buren, Ohio/Van Buren
High School: As a junior, went 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA, and had a 5-3 record with a 1.97 ERA as a sophomore…Also won three games as a freshman…Earned both first and second team all-conference honors…Earned four letters in soccer and two in basketball.
Personal: Son of Michael and Amy Tabler…Has two siblings, Breanna and Adelyn…Enjoys eating…Picked ODU because "it is the best fit and it gives me a great opportunity to succeed on and off the field."
Manny Vorhees | 6-1 | P/C | Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta
High School: As a junior, named Ohio Co-Player of the Year…Two-time First Team All-Ohio, First Team All-Northwest District and First Team All-WBL selection…Threw a perfect game as a sophomore…Also played football.
Personal: Son of John Vorhees…Has four siblings: Josh, Caleb, John and Hannah…Enjoys fishing and hiking… Picked ODU because of the history and the atmosphere of the school and baseball program, the coaching staff, and the small campus feel.
Contact: Scott Miles