COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's baseball team let several scoring chances slip away as the Panthers fell 6-2 to visiting Saginaw Valley Friday in GLIAC play.
The Panthers pounded out 12 hits but left 10 runners on base in falling to 8-12 on the season (4-2 GLIAC). The Cardinals improved to 3-11 (1-3 GLIAC).
Five Panthers had two hits, including sophomores Marcus Schluessler (Zanesville, Ohio), Kyle Tisdale (Uniontown, Ohio) and Kevin Lydic (Dublin, Ohio), while freshmen Collin Parcher (Napoleon, Ohio) and Jacob Horsley (Thornville, Ohio) also had two knocks. Senior Ryan Rovnak (Poland, Ohio) extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games and also drew two walks.
Senior Nick Venditti (Brecksville, Ohio) suffered the loss after allowing four runs and eight hits in 5.2 innings. Junior Sean Blackburn (Wadsworth, Ohio) worked 3.1 innings of relief and yielded two runs.
The Cardinals led 1-0 after a home run in the first inning, and ODU could not respond in the early innings, leaving five runners on base in the first three frames and having another runner caught stealing.
SVSU then extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth, stringing together five hits to push across three runs.
The Panther offense finally awoke in the fifth as Horsley singled to left and Schluessler legged out a double down the left field line. Rovnak followed with an RBI basehit that squirted through the right side of the infield for ODU's first run. A double play grounder brought home Schluessler but quelled ODU's momentum as the Panthers could not score again in the inning, trailing 4-2.
ODU then left two more runners on board in both the sixth and seventh innings, and SVSU added two runs of insurance in its half of the seventh on a home run to left to take a 6-2 lead.
Ohio Dominican and Saginaw Valley conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday from Panther Valley.
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