WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – After a brief rain delay, Ohio Dominican's baseball team rallied for a 6-4 victory over Winona State on Wednesday, its third consecutive victory during its spring break trip.
Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, ODU scored three times, then added another run in the bottom of the eighth to claim the win. The Panthers, winners of five of their past six games overall, improved to 6-4 on the season, while Winona State fell to 2-7.
Junior Austin Monnin (Napoleon, Ohio) earned the victory with three innings of solid relief, while seniors Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) and Anthony Raschilla (Girard, Ohio) each drove in two runs.
It was Raschilla who got ODU going in the first inning, launching a two-run double to center that plated both Delgado and freshman Jimmy Gravett (Grove City, Ohio) to give the Panthers a quick 2-0 lead.
The Warriors responded with a run in the third and two in the fourth, though, to go in front 3-2 as the Panther bats were silent until the seventh.
Senior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) led off the seventh with a bunt single and junior Kyle Tisdale (Uniontown, Ohio) followed with a basehit of his own. Freshman Tony Evans (Medway, Ohio) then tied the game with the third straight single, bringing home Rudolph.
Junior Marcus Schluessler (Zanesville, Ohio) was hit by a pitch and Delgado came up with the key hit of the game, a two-run single to left that would score both Schluessler and Evans to give ODU a 5-3 lead.
After the Warriors cut the advantage to 5-4 in the eighth, the Panthers loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning and upped the lead to two runs again as Schluessler was plunked by another pitch to bring home Rudolph.
Junior Vince Bartolone (Broadview Heights, Ohio) then worked a perfect ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Monnin allowed two hits and a walk in his three scoreless frames. He worked in place of junior Alberto Canales (West Park, Fla.), who allowed just one earned run in four innings before the weather delay.
Rudolph and Tisdale each had two hits to help pace the Panther offense as well.
The Panthers return to action with a doubleheader against Minnesota Duluth beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Contact: Scott Miles