By Tyler Jester, Sports Information Intern
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's baseball team will remain at home for a pair of three game sets against Northwood and Hillsdale this week.
The Panthers and Timberwolves square off at 1 p.m. Sunday in a doubleheader, followed by a 2 p.m. tilt with Northwood on Monday. ODU and Hillsdale will play a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday and conclude the home stand with a 2 p.m. game Wednesday.
Most recently, the Panthers won two of three games against Ashland to take a 12-8 overall record into this week. The Panthers will look to improve on their 2-3 GLIAC record this week.
ODU is led offensively by two senior outfielders. Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) has a team high batting average at .371 and is currently on a 13 game hitting streak. Delgado ranks in the top five in many batting categories in the conference. His 13 stolen bases and 20 runs scored rank him second in the GLIAC. Delgado does not just possess speed, but also power as he leads the team with two home runs, which is fourth in the conference.
Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, OH) is second on the team in hitting with a .368 clip over the first 20 games of the season. Rudolph also ranks second on the team and in the conference with six doubles. He has also driven in 13 runs while scoring 11 times. Though senior infielder Anthony Raschilla (Girard, OH) did not play in the weekend series against Ashland, he still leads the team with 18 RBI, which is third in the GLIAC. Raschilla is batting .306 with a conference leading seven doubles on the season.
The ODU pitching staff has been one of the best in the GLIAC so far this season. The staff has combined for a 3.25 ERA, which is second in the conference behind Grand Valley State. The Panthers staff also ranks second in the conference in strikeouts with 122, giving them an average of 7.08 per game.
The staff is led by senior Sean Blackburn (Wadsworth, OH) who improved his record to 3-0 with a strong performance against Ashland on Saturday. His three wins are tied for third in the GLIAC. Blackburn has an ERA of 1.96 while striking out 12 batters in 18.1 innings of work.
Sophomore Austin Bueter (Wauseon, OH) has a 2-1 record on the season, and leads the conference in strikeouts with 28. Junior Vince Bartolone (Broadview Heights) continues to pitch well as he has now appeared in eight games and has an ERA of 1.08. Bartolone is 1-0 on the season and has recorded five saves, ranking him second in the conference.
Northwood enters the weekend with a 9-8 overall record (2-2 GLIAC) after defeating Saginaw Valley with a walkoff single on Wednesday.
The Timberwolves have two of the best hitters in the conference with Larsen Cronkright and Travis Smith. Cronkright is third in the conference, hitting .411, and Smith is 11th, batting .371. Cronkright also leads the team with 13 RBI and seven stolen bases. Smith had recorded 10 RBI and leads the team with two home runs.
As a team the Wolves are very aggressive on the bases, attempting 42 stolen bases in 16 games, while being successful 38 times. The 38 steals are second in the conference only behind Walsh.
Jason Wimbury is one of the better arms in relief for Northwood with a 1.17 ERA in five appearances. Wimbury has 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings of work, but has an 0-2 record. Two senior pitchers have been the best starters early on with Andrew Joseph and Matt Theiss. The two have a combined 4-1 record with Joseph striking out 14 batters in 21.2 innings. Joseph has a 3.32 ERA while Thiess has a 5.68 ERA.
Last season the Panthers defeated Northwood in two of three games winning by scores of 5-4 and 8-3. The Wolves took the last game of the series winning, 8-7.
Hillsdale is scheduled to play a three-game series at Malone before coming to Columbus. The Chargers have a 5-15 record overall and sit at 3-3 in the GLIAC. Luke Ortel leads the team with a .364 batting average and has knocked in 10 runs, while Jake Lee is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA thus far.
Contact: Scott Miles