FLORENCE, S.C. – Ohio Dominican's baseball team scored 35 runs on 37 hits on Sunday as the Panthers swept a doubleheader in South Carolina, defeating Clarion 14-4 and Fairmont State 21-2.
The Panthers have now scored 11 or more runs in four of their past six games and six total times this spring as ODU improved to 10-4 on the season.
In the opener against Clarion, ODU actually found itself down 4-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth before breaking loose.
Junior Jace Komminsk (Worthington, Ohio) led off the frame with a solo shot to left, and classmates Chris Sackett (Loveland, Ohio) and Max Banke (Oakwood, Ohio) followed with walks. Three wild pitches would bring them both in, as well as junior Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio), to give the Panthers a 5-4 lead.
Junior Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) followed with a two-run triple to right and sophomore Joey Machuga (Canfield, Ohio) singled through the left side to put ODU in front 8-4, and Komminsk walked and Sackett was plunked to re-load the bases.
Banke hit an RBI infield single and Paterniti had an RBI grounder to cap the scoring, which saw the Panthers plate nine runs on just four hits in the frame.
ODU added to its total in the seventh and eighth innings, as Kaucher hit another RBI triple and later scored on a wild pitch, and Paterniti smacked a two-run homer to right to account for ODU's final tallies.
The Panthers drew seven walks in the game and were also hit by five pitches. A trio of Panthers had two hits apiece in Kaucher, Paterniti and Bland, with the former two each driving in three runs.
Freshman Tim Zeller (Mount Vernon, Ohio) excelled in relief, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings to pick up the win. He allowed just one hit and punched out four in his longest outing of the spring. He's now allowed just three hits and one earned run in 8.0 innings this spring, holding opponents to a .107 batting average against.
Game two was never in doubt as the Panthers made up for a 7-1 setback to Fairmont State on Saturday. ODU scored 11 runs in the first inning, sending 13 hitters to the plate before an out was recorded, and led 19-0 through six innings.
In that first innings, Komminsk and Sackett each had two-run doubles, while Paterniti and junior Brad Hull (Gahanna, Ohio) also had RBI doubles.
ODU continued its offensive onslaught in the second inning with an RBI single from senior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) and a two-run single by Machuga to make it 14-0.
Komminsk hit an RBI triple in the fourth inning as ODU extended the cushion to 18-0 and Zeller hit a two-run double to left in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Ten different Panthers had at least one hit as ODU finished with 26 in the game. Machuga went 5-for-7 with four RBIs, tying for the second-most hits in a game in G-MAC history. Childers went 4-for-6 with four RBIs and Banke finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored.
Hull tallied three hits and scored three runs while Komminsk and Sackett each knocked in three.
Not to be lost was the performance of junior southpaw Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio), who allowed just two hits and a pair of unearned runs in 6.0 innings. He also struck out four in his first start of the season.
The Panthers are off on Monday and close out their South Carolina trip with a 10 a.m. contest against Fairmont State on Tuesday.
Contact: Scott Miles