COLUMBUS, Ohio – Strong pitching carried No. 22 Ohio Dominican in both ends of its doubleheader against Cedarville, which the Panthers swept by scores of 15-2 and 4-3 Monday in G-MAC play at Panther Valley.
In the opener, junior Joe Filosa (Fort Wayne, Ind.) fanned a career-high nine and allowed just one earned run in his 6.0 innings of work, while senior Tyler Magley (Baltimore, Ohio) and junior Derek Thobe (Coldwater, Ohio) followed with three innings of hitless relief.
In game two, junior Garret Sendelbach (Tiffin, Ohio) allowed three runs in 5.0 innings, and junior Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) was electric in picking up his third save of the year, striking out five of the six batters he faced in locking down the win.
ODU's bats provided plenty of life in the opener as the Panthers registered 16 hits. The bottom of the order in particular excelled as seniors Max Banke (Oakwood, Ohio), Cody Paterniti (Chardon, Ohio) and junior Noah Bland (Oberlin, Ohio) each had three hits. Bland smacked a three-run homer to right in the seventh inning and drove in four runs while scoring three times, Paterniti knocked in two, and Banke also drew a walk.
Senior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) provided plenty of pop at the top of the lineup as well with a homer, a triple, a walk, three runs scored and two RBIs, while junior Chris Sackett (Loveland, Ohio) and sophomore Joey Machuga (Canfield, Ohio) each had a pair of RBIs.
ODU (15-4, 4-0 G-MAC) was held off the board in the first two innings but broke free in the third, scoring six times and sending 10 hitters to the plate. Paterniti and Bland started things with singles through the left side and Childers and junior Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) each walked.
Machuga followed with a two-run single, and Sackett later had a two-run single, while Paterniti capped the inning with an RBI basehit.
Childers then blasted a two-run homer to right-center in the fourth inning to put ODU in front 8-1 and junior Brad Hull (Gahanna, Ohio) had an RBI single in the sixth to make it 9-1. Bland's three-run, opposite field shot in the seventh made it 12-2, and ODU tacked on three more runs in the eighth to close the scoring.
Filosa, roughly one year to the day removed from elbow surgery, allowed just six hits and two runs (one earned). He threw 62 of his 97 pitches for strikes in picking up his first victory of 2018.
The Panthers started strong in the second game, as Childers pounded a double to the gap in left-center, Hull reached on a bunt single, and Kaucher blasted a three-run shot to center. Later in the inning, Banke had an RBI single to put ODU in front 4-0.
Cedarville chipped away, though, putting up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Sendelbach set the Yellow Jackets down in order in the fifth, though, and gave way to Wilson with one on and nobody out in the sixth.
The right-handers struck out all three hitters he faced in the inning, then struck out the first two in the seventh before inducing a weak grounder to second base to close the game.
Childers went 2-for-3 with a walk and Sackett drew a pair of walks as well.
Ohio Dominican returns to the road to take on Davis & Elkins in a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday.
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