Road Trip To Nashville Up Next For Baseball

Photo by Erinn Kaucher
Photo by Erinn Kaucher

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's baseball team continues G-MAC play with a four-game series at Trevecca Nazarene, beginning at 2 p.m. (CT) on Friday.

The Panthers are tied for first place in the conference standings with Malone as both sit 10-4 in league play, while ODU is 16-11 overall.

ODU leads the league with a .303 batting average and 211 runs scored, and the Panthers are the only team with an OBP above .400 (.411). ODU's offense also leads the G-MAC in slugging (.447), walks (150) and stolen bases, going an impressive 54-of-57 on the base paths.

The Panthers' 7.8 runs per game are 35th in the country, as are its 2.0 steals per game. ODU ranks 33rd in OBP as well.

Senior Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the league with 35 runs scored and is fourth in OBP (.500) and fifth in both batting (.385) and slugging (.656). He has 12 multi-hit games this spring.

Sophomore Tim Zeller (Mount Vernon, Ohio) is second with six home runs, and his 29 RBIs are sixth in the G-MAC. He also ranks eighth with a .614 slugging percentage and leads ODU with nine multi-RBI efforts.

Senior Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) is third in runs scored (29) and tied for fourth in RBIs (30), while freshman Manny Vorhees (Wapakoneta, Ohio) is fourth in runs scored (28).

Junior Joey Machuga (Canfield, Ohio) has reached base in 27 straight games, Zeller in 12 and Kaucher in 11 straight. Machuga is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak.

On the mound, senior Mitchell Bault (Mason, Ohio) has the sixth-best opponents' batting average at .231, and he ranks third in the league in innings (40.2) and punch outs (43). He sits 21st in the country with a 7.2:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Defensively, Kaucher has gunned down 12 would be base stealers, the top mark in the league.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu