Pitching, Defense Lead Panthers Past Wayne State, 4-3

Pitching, Defense Lead Panthers Past Wayne State, 4-3

DETROIT – A three-run first inning helped propel Ohio Dominican's baseball team to a 4-3 victory at Wayne State Thursday, snapping the Warriors' 10-game win streak.

The Panthers, who have now won four in a row themselves, improved to 21-15 (11-10 GLIAC), while Wayne State fell to 26-10 (14-6).

A single by senior Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) put runners on the corners in the first inning, and a balk allowed sophomore Dylan West (Westerville, Ohio) to score. Walks to senior Anthony Raschilla (Girard, Ohio) and junior Kyle Tisdale (Uniontown, Ohio) loaded the bases, and senior Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Delgado.

With two outs, junior Phil Jaskot (Upper Arlington, Ohio) singled up the middle to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead.

Wayne State answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, but junior Alberto Canales (West Park, Fla.) scattered three hits over the next three frames to keep the Warriors off the board.

ODU extended its lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning, loading the bases again and picking up a run on West's RBI base hit to center, bringing home Jaskot.

The Warriors picked up a run in the fifth and tallied another run in the seventh, but junior Ryan Bidwell (Syracuse, N.Y.) stranded a pair on base with a fielder's choice grounder to end the inning.

ODU's pitching and defense then carried it in the final two innings, as sophomore Ryan Colegate (Centerville, Ohio) induced a double play grounder to end the eighth and junior Vince Bartolone (Broadview Heights, Ohio) did the same in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the year.

The Panthers finished with just six hits, compared to 10 for the Warriors, but did draw seven walks in the ballgame. Tisdale and freshman Kyle Burson (Brunswick, Ohio) each drew two walks and Jaskot had two hits and a walk to lead the offense.

Canales was credited the victory, working 6.1 innings and surrendering three runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out, improving to 3-2 on the spring.

Entering today, the Warriors had averaged 8.3 runs per game during their win streak.

Ohio Dominican and Wayne State conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader at Panther Valley starting at noon on Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles

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