COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's baseball team returns to the diamond this weekend for a three-game series against old GLIAC foe Wayne State in Chillicothe's VA Memorial Stadium.
First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m., and the teams will play a single nine-inning game at noon Sunday.
The Panthers (5-2) went 1-2 in three low-scoring affairs in Mason on Sunday and Monday. ODU fell 1-0 to No. 10 Mercyhurst on Sunday, then split a Monday doubleheader with Tiffin, dropping the opener 5-2 and winning the second game 4-3.
Through games played on Tuesday, ODU sports the top pitching staff in the league with a 2.94 ERA and a .233 batting average against, both of which pace the conference. The Panthers have only yielded seven extra-base hits in the seven games and 44 total hits in 52.0 innings pitched.
ODU's trio of starters have each earned a G-MAC North Division Pitcher of the Week award this spring. Junior Mitchell Bault (Maineville, Ohio) is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13.0 innings, punching out 17 while allowing just nine hits. Senior Matt Kittelberger (Massillon, Ohio) has struck out 14 in his 11.0 innings of work and allowed just nine hits with a 2.45 ERA, while junior Joe Filosa (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has a 2.77 ERA in 13.0 innings.
The bullpen has been solid as well, with junior Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio), freshman Tim Zeller (Mount Vernon, Ohio) and senior Dustin Cowart (Hoover, Ala.) each recording a win in relief, with Wilson also picking up a save.
Offensively, junior Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio) leads the team with a .412 batting average and three steals, while classmate Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) is hitting .400 with seven runs knocked in. Both Bland and Kaucher have three multi-hit games to lead the team.
Junior Brad Hull (Gahanna, Ohio) has reached base in all seven games and has yet to commit an error in 28 chances at shortstop. Overall, ODU has made just seven miscues in the field, good for a .970 fielding percentage.
Wayne State will enter the weekend with a 3-2 record after playing five games in Florida on Sunday-Tuesday. The Warriors dropped two of three against Kentucky Wesleyan before picking up a pair of wins over Gannon.
Contact: Scott Miles