Weekend Clash With Grand Valley Up Next For Baseball

Weekend Clash With Grand Valley Up Next For Baseball

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's baseball team will continue its non-conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Grand Valley in Mason's Prasco Park.

The Panthers and Lakers are scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a single game at noon on Sunday.

ODU started its season last Friday with a doubleheader sweep over Pikeville (Ky.), taking game one 18-0 and game two 5-4. The Panthers finished with 25 hits in the two games, and ODU was solid defensively as well, committing just one error in 16 innings.

The Panthers' performances helped the team sweep the inaugural G-MAC North Division awards as senior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) was named the Player of the Week and senior Matt Kittelberger (Massillon, Ohio) was named the Pitcher of the Week.

Childers hit .333 with a homer, four RBIs, three walks, three stolen bases and five runs scored. Kittelberger, meanwhile, tossed five scoreless innings in the opener, striking out five and allowing just three hits.

Junior catcher Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) led the Panthers with five hits in the two games and also drove in four while scoring three times and drawing a pair of walks. Registering three hits were senior Max Banke (Oakwood, Ohio), junior Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio), junior Brad Hull (Gahanna, Ohio) and sophomore Joey Machuga (Canfield, Ohio), with Machuga also delivering four RBIs and drawing two walks. Banke also finished with three walks and three RBIs while Bland had a pair of steals.

On the mound, junior Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) tossed an inning in each game and picked up the save in game two. Senior Dustin Cowart (Hoover, Ala.) punched out six in two innings of work as well.

In 2017, ODU and Grand Valley locked up for an entertaining four-game series, with each team winning twice. GVSU took the opener 9-8 in extra innings, while ODU scored wins of 5-1 and 16-8 in the middle of the series. The Lakers then rallied from a 7-5 deficit in the finale to claim a 13-9 win.

The series has been virtually identical over the last 10 contests, with GVSU holding a 5-4-1 mark in those games.

Contact: Scott Miles