By Sports Information Intern Ross Thompson
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After a weekend on the road winning three of five games, the Ohio Dominican baseball team is back at home this weekend for a four-game series with Hillsdale.
Doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday will both start at 1 p.m., and the first three games will count as G-MAC contests, while the finale Sunday afternoon will be a non-conference matchup.
The Panthers head into the week of games with the league's best record 25-8 (13-3 G-MAC) and remained at No. 15 in this week's NCBWA poll. Their lineup is once again led by the duo of senior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) and junior Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) who are first and second in batting average, OBP, runs and triples in the conference. Kaucher also has a ten run lead for first in RBIs with 51.
Kaucher has hit in 15 straight games and reached base in 28 consecutive games. Childers is riding an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base in 26 straight contests.
Junior Jace Komminsk (Westerville, Ohio) and senior Cody Paterniti (Chardon, Ohio) have been hot in conference play. Both have an OBP above .446 and Paterniti is batting .421 while Komminsk has a .519 slugging percentage. Paterniti has hit in 10 straight games.
The ODU lineup leads in eight of nine major batting categories in the conference, with home runs being the outlier. The Panthers are also second in batting average (.346) in the nation, fifth in runs per game (9.4) and third in OBP (.434).
Childers leads the country in OBP (.576) and runs scored (57), while Kaucher is 10th in the country in RBIs (51).
The Panther pitching staff leads the conference in ERA at 3.76 and strikeouts with 280. Junior Mitchell Bault (Maineville, Ohio) sits at second in the conference with 63 strikeouts after sitting down six in the team's victory against Malone. Bault went 6.0 innings and only allowed one run.
Junior Joey Filosa (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has 51 strikeouts on the season, which is second behind Bault. Junior Brad Wilson (Alexandria, Ohio) has 32 Ks in only 20.1 IP, giving him a 14.16 K/9 average.
The Panther hurlers are currently ranked 24th in the nation in ERA with their 3.76 mark. Wilson is 13th in the nation in saves (seven).
Hillsdale enters the week with a 16-20 record but sits at second in the league with a 13-5 conference mark. ODU has a 14-7 record against the Chargers dating back to 2011, though the two teams haven't played since March, 2016.
Contact: Scott Miles