By Tyler Jester, Sports Information Intern
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Winners of four of its last five games, Ohio Dominican's baseball team will look to continue its climb up the GLIAC standings as the Panthers take on Malone and Wayne State this week.
Last week, the Panthers (19-15, 9-10 GLIAC) went 4-2 with a split at Malone, a win at Lake Erie, and took the final two games of a three game set with Findlay.
The Panther bats came alive last week as they scored 39 runs in the six games while batting .294 as a team. The ODU offense was led by senior outfielder Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela). Delgado went 9-21 (.428) from the plate this past week, scoring six runs with five RBI. Delgado leads the team in batting at .364 and finds himself near the top of many GLIAC offensive categories this season. His 44 hits are good enough for second in the GLIAC, while his 30 runs scored is ranked third. Delgado also ranks second in steals with 23, helping the Panther team lead the GLIAC in stolen bases with 61.
Freshman infielder Kyle Burson (Brunswick, Ohio) also had a solid week for the Panthers. Burson made his GLIAC debut this past week and did not disappoint. Burson batted .500 (7-14) and had his first two home runs of his Panther career. He also drove in six runs and had a slugging percentage of .929.
The Panther pitching staff had a solid week of their own, recording a 2.20 team ERA. With the strong performances, the Panthers now rank third in the GLIAC in team ERA at 3.59. Junior Alberto Canales (West Park, Fla.) had a nice week, going 1-0 with a complete game in a 9-1 win against Findlay. Canales also appeared in one inning of relief against Lake Erie. He gave up only one run in eight innings of work, and struck out three batters. Canales is now 2-2 on the season with a 3.64 ERA.
Sophomore Ryan Colegate (Centerville, Ohio) also had a strong week, going 1-1 in his two starts with a 1.42 ERA. Colegate on the season now leads the team with three wins and in ERA at 2.11.
The Panthers will host Malone for a single game on Wednesday at 2:00p.m. The two teams split last week with Malone taking the first game 5-2 and ODU winning the second game 7-2. Malone (15-20, 10-10) comes into the week on a four game losing streak after the win against ODU. The Pioneers lost three straight over the weekend against Saginaw Valley. This game will play a large role in the GLIAC playoff picture with Malone only a half game ahead of the Panthers for the fifth spot in the conference.
The Malone pitching staff is second in the GLIAC in strikeouts per game at 6.60. The staff is led by Taylore Baker who finds himself in the top five in three pitching categories. With his 5-3 record, Baker ranks third in the GLIAC, and his 1.84 ERA is fifth. Baker also leads the conference in strikeouts with 47. Baker pitched the first game against the Panthers last week going all seven innings, giving up only one hit and no earned runs, while striking out five batters.
Junior Hayden Mobley went three-of-seven from the plate against ODU last week with all three hits coming in the second game of the doubleheader. Mobley is batting .336 on the season with 10 RBI. He leads the team in runs scored (25) and stolen bases (seven).
After hosting Malone, the Panthers will travel to Wayne State for one game on Thursday, and then host the Warriors for two games on Saturday. Wayne State comes into the week 25-9 overall, and is second in the conference with a 13-5 GLIAC record. The Warriors are coming into the week riding a nine-game winning streak. They will host Findlay for one game on Wednesday before facing the Panthers. ODU went 1-2 last season against Wayne State winning the series finale 6-3, after dropping the first two games, 4-3 and 2-1.
Wayne State has a potent offense which is batting .308 as a team, and nearly 30 percent of their hits have been extra base hits. They lead the conference with 72 doubles, and are second in hits (304), runs (217), and RBI (193). Senior Eric Cunningham has shown to be the Warriors best power hitter, driving in 36 runs and hitting four home runs this season. Sophomore Jeremy Carrell has been their most consistent hitter, batting .406 on the season, leading the team in runs (44), hits (39), walks (19), and stolen bases (17).
The Warrior pitching staff is also strong with a team ERA of 3.26, ranking second in the conference. Junior Kyle Zimmerman leads the staff with a 5-2 record with a 3.08 ERA. He is also batting .333 and is tied with teammate Zach Johnson for most doubles in the GLIAC with 11. Sophomore Alex Kinch has a 5-1 record and an ERA of 2.11. Both pitchers are tied for third in wins in the GLIAC and Kinch ranks eighth in ERA.
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