Junior first baseman Nathan Strome (Sidney) scored twice in the opener and scored the go-ahead run in the nightcap to help Ohio Wesleyan sweep Oberlin in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Littick Field.
The doubleheader sweep moves Ohio Wesleyan into first place in the NCAC standings with a record of 10-4. Wooster sits in second place at 9-4, and Wittenberg is in third place with an 8-4 record. Wabash (9-5), Denison (8-7) and Allegheny (5-6) also are in the race for a spot in the NCAC tournament, which is scheduled for April 28-30 in Chillicothe.
Oberlin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, a game OWU won 4-2, as Ben Kauder led off with a single down the rightfield line, moved to second on a passed ball, took third on an infield out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Puterbaugh.
The Bishops came back in the second as freshman third baseman Sean Vollenweider (Westerville/St. Francis DeSales) reached on an error by Yeomen third baseman Mattie Dedoes, stole second and third, then scored on Strome’s double. Strome later scored on a single by sophomore catcher James Toland (Stow/Walsh Jesuit).
The Yeomen answered with 2 out in the third, stringing together a single by Kauder, a walk to Zach Jaspers and a single by Puterbaugh to tie the game at 2-2.
Ohio Wesleyan went ahead to stay in the bottom of the sixth. Junior shortstop Steve Gaydos (Strongsville) singled with one out. Strome followed with a single to right center, with Gaydos coming all the way around to score when Yeomen rightfielder Max Phinney did not field the ball cleanly. One out later, Strome scored on a Toland single for a 4-2 Bishop lead.
Junior righthander Kevin Schindler (Mentor) went the distance for Ohio Wesleyan, scattering 6 hits and striking out 5 while walking one.
Grady Campion was the starting and losing pitcher for Oberlin.
In the nightcap — a 7-2 OWU win — the Yeomen again took a first-inning lead as Mike McDonald’s drive to left hit the top of the fence and bounced over for the day’s only home run.
Oberlin increased the lead to 2-0 in the second on a Phinney double and singles by Eric Knight and Robin Witjes.
Ohio Wesleyan got one run back in the bottom of the inning when junior first baseman Tim Knezovich (Columbus/Briggs) tripled and scored on an infield out.
The Bishops erupted for 6 runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Strome led off with a high chopper to the hole at shortstop and legged out the infield single. Gaydos followed with a grounder to third, and Yeomen third baseman Dedoes threw to second to get the lead runner, but Strome was running on the pitch, and neither Oberlin shortstop Puterbaugh nor second baseman McDonald covered the bag, with Dedoes’ throw sailing into right center, allowing Strome to rumble into third base.
Toland then launched a double to left center, scoring Strome to tie the game, and junior outfielder James DiBiasio (Westlake) sliced a double to left, plating Gaydos with the go-ahead run. Sophomore second baseman Zach Bott (Dublin/Coffman) and senior outfielder Zach Frentsos (Delaware/Hayes) followed with singles through a drawn-in Oberlin infield, extending the Bishop lead to 6-2.
The Yeomen threatened to get back into the game in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with 2 down, but sophomore righthander Brandon Sega (Columbus/Upper Arlington) came on in relief to retire pinch-hitter Zach Kisley to end the inning.
Junior lefthander Mason Farr (West Lafayette, Ind.), allowed 7 hits over the first 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win, and Sega retired the final 4 batters in order to collect a save.
Ryan Mouch was the starting and losing pitcher for Oberlin.
Ohio Wesleyan was also in action Sunday, splitting a double-dip with host Wittenberg, winning the opener 5-2 before getting edged 5-4 in the nightcap.
Ohio Wesleyan 2, Oberlin 0
Ohio Wesleyan 9, Oberlin 0
Freshman righthander Dani Haley (Maumee/Anthony Wayne) and freshman righthander Tamra Londot (Utica) combined on a 2-hit shutout in the opener and sophomore righthander Amanda Barker (Granville) fired a 2-hit shutout in the nightcap as Ohio Wesleyan swept a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader from Oberlin on Saturday in Oberlin.
The Bishops threatened in every inning of the opener, stranding 2 runners in the first, getting a runner to third base with one out in the second, and leaving 2 runners on base in the third before finally denting the dish in the fourth.
Junior first baseman Jackie Kolovich (Newton Falls/Warren Kennedy) and freshman shortstop Erica Bryan (Wapakoneta) were hit by pitches and stole their way to second and third. Freshman outfielder Jen Anderson (Kettering/Fairmont) followed with a grounder to third that was misplayed by Oberlin third baseman Emily King, with both runners scoring on the play.
The Yeowomen got a single by Katie Baldonieri and a double by King in the bottom of the inning to put the tying run in scoring position, but they would be the last Oberlin batters to reach base.
Haley came back to strike out Megan Widmer and Cheryl Lindsly to get out of the inning, then mowed down the next 6 Yeowomen batters in order. Londot came in to pitch the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 inning to collect a save.
In the nightcap, the Bishops raced to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, capping the outburst with a 2-run homer by Kolovich.
Senior third baseman Kaylie Titus (East Hampton, N.Y.) smacked an RBI double to highlight Ohio Wesleyan’s 3-run second, and senior catcher Sarah Truchan (Westfield Center/Brunswick) doubled home a run in the fourth to wrap up the scoring.
Barker was in command in the circle, allowing only a one-out single by Brittany Dawson in the first and a leadoff single to Melanie Budney in the fourth. Barker fanned 7 and walked none in pitching the complete game.
2nd of 9 at Wooster Nye Invitational
Junior Nate Fridley (Sidney/Lehman Catholic) led Ohio Wesleyan at the Nye Invitational, hosted by the College of Wooster on Saturday and Sunday at Wooster Country Club.
Wittenberg won the tournament with a 602, increasing a 4-shot lead after the first round to a final 13-shot margin over runner-up Ohio Wesleyan. Denison finished in third place at 628, followed by Allegheny (631), Wooster (637), Wabash (671), Hiram (681), Kenyon (710) and Oberlin (744).
The 36-hole event is the first of 2 regular-season tournaments which count toward determining the North Coast Athletic Conference’s automatic qualifer for the NCAA Division III championships.
Fridley finished in third place among individuals at 150, 4 shots behind medalist Ben Hogenkamp of Wittenberg and a single stroke behind first-round leader David Wetterich of Wittenberg.
Junior Caleb Chiero (Westerville/Central) tied for fourth place with a 151, freshman Jerry Moore (Mogadore) and senior Scott Morris (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) were part of a tie for 11th place at 157, and freshman Tyler Carney-DeBord (Delaware/Hayes) tied for 23rd place at 165.
The NCAC championship race continues next week with the NCAC Invitational, a 54-hole event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Fowlers Mill Golf Course in Chesterland.
6th of 6 at Nye Invitational
Freshman Alison Falk (Hookstown, Pa./South Side) led Ohio Wesleyan at the Nye Invitational, hosted by the College of Wooster on Saturday and Sunday at Wooster Country Club.
Allegheny won the tournament with a 670, 50 strokes ahead of Wittenberg. Wooster finished in third place at 825, followed by Denison (847), Hiram (909) and Ohio Wesleyan (989).
Falk finished in 20th place among individuals with a 218.
Senior Sarah Ingles (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) finished 24th at 241, freshman Sarah JanTausch (Delaware/Delaware Christian) finished 28th with a 256, junior Emily Olmstead (Alexandria/Granville) was 30th place at 274 and freshman Annaliese Harvey (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne) placed 31st with a 296.