By Ross Thompson, Sports Information Intern
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican baseball team takes its G-MAC best record into the final week of the regular season against Ashland and Findlay. They will be on the road against Ashland at 4 p.m. Wednesday and again on the road against Findlay to finish the regular season at 1 and 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.
Winners of five of their last six, the Panthers (30-11, 16-6 G-MAC) control their own destiny in clinching the regular season conference title this weekend.
Against Walsh, ODU continued to put together great at-bats with stellar pitching and defense to back them up. They scored a total of 30 runs in the three-game series against Walsh and look to continue that trend into the final weekend of the regular season.
Senior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) continues to lead the conference in batting average (.455), OBP (.584), slugging percentage (.828), runs (64) and triples (5), with junior Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) leading in RBIs (58) and immediately behind Childers in batting average (.438) and OBP (.523).
Childers is currently eighth in the country in average, second in OBP and sixth in slugging while Kaucher is tied for tenth in RBIs.
Senior Cody Paterniti (Chardon, Ohio) has been having a stellar conference slate, hitting .372 with a .438 OBP. The Panthers currently lead the conference in all major batting categories except home runs, with eight starters batting at least .313 in conference action.
The Panther hurlers look to continue their success after senior Matt Kittleberger (Massillon, Ohio) had a great showing in game one of Sunday's games. Going 6.1 innings, he earned himself his sixth win of the year.
Junior Garrett Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) also picked up a win on Saturday with a terrific relief appearance and improved to 6-1 on the spring. As a staff, the men on the bump lead the conference in strikeouts (333) and opponent's batting average (.256).
Heading into the week, Ashland carries a 26-17 record, while conference foe Findlay comes in with a 21-13 record, 14-8 conference mark.
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