Ohio Dominican's student-athletes enjoyed their most successful year since transitioning to the GLIAC and NCAA Division II. OhioDominicanPanthers.com counts down the best moments from this past year.
No. 9 – Baseball Knocks Off #2 Minnesota State
Ohio Dominican's baseball team won 26 games in 2014, its most since transitioning to Division II, and none may have been bigger than a March 11 victory in Florida.
Matching up against the second-ranked Mavericks of Minnesota State, the Panthers put forth a complete team effort in notching a 2-0 victory.
Senior Sean Blackburn pitched what was arguably the best game of his career. The right-hander held Minnesota State – the 2013 national runner-up – to just five hits and didn't walk a batter. He also had five punchouts and threw 72 of his 106 pitches for strikes.
The Mavericks had entered the game averaging almost seven runs per game. This was the only time they were shutout the entire season as they again reached the College World Series and finished with a 48-11 record.
Senior Anthony Raschilla had an RBI double in the fourth to score senior Jossue Delgado to make it 1-0. In the ninth, Raschilla hit another double, then came across to score on a basehit by senior Phil Jaskot.
Blackburn worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to seal the win for ODU.