UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's baseball team fell in a pair of early holes against Saginaw Valley and dropped both ends of a GLIAC doubleheader to the Cardinals, falling by scores of 6-3 and 5-4.
With the setbacks, the Panthers fell to 22-20 (12-15 GLIAC) and into a tie for eighth with SVSU in the conference standings. The Cardinals improved to 15-22 (12-15).
But the Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom half of the frame, then plated two more in the second and another in the fourth to go in front 6-1.
The Panthers rallied in the sixth, with seniors Jossue Delgado (Barinas, Venezuela) and Bryan Rudolph (Pickerington, Ohio) coming up with RBI singles to cut it to 6-3. But ODU would draw no closer as the Cardinals closed out the victory.
ODU had to play catch up again in the second contest, falling in a 4-0 hole in the second inning, but would force extra innings before two errors derailed its hopes of a split.
Senior Drew Ryan (Newark, Ohio) drew a bases loaded walk and Tisdale had an RBI ground out in the third to make it 4-2, but the Panthers would leave the bases loaded that inning.
Freshman Kyle Burson (Brunswick, Ohio) delivered an RBI single in the fourth to cut it to 4-3, and with two outs in the seventh and still down a run, Tisdale singled through the right side of the infield to bring home Ryan and tie the game at 4-4.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but junior Vince Bartolone (Broadview Heights, Ohio) induced a double play grounder to end the threat.
ODU went down in order in the eighth, though, and the Cardinals took advantage of two Panther miscues in the eighth to score an unearned run on a two-out basehit to take the 5-4 victory.
Ohio Dominican and Saginaw Valley conclude their three-game series at noon on Sunday with a single nine inning game.
Contact: Scott Miles