With the NCAC baseball season now in full swing, several teams are off to hot starts, including DePauw with a 10-2 record in non-league play and nationally-ranked Wooster with a 6-1 mark through its first week of action in Florida. There is yet another full slate of games on the schedule this week with teams still on spring break trips in Arizona and Florida.
ALLEGHENY opened its spring trip in Arizona with a pair of wild wins on Sunday against Carthage, 12-11, and Wis.-Superior, 17-13. The Gators scored five runs in the ninth-inning of both games, highlighted by Jacob Shick’s (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) walk-off two-run double against Carthage. Allegheny tallied 32 hits over the two games, led by junior Tyler Wagner (York, PA/Central York) going 6-for-11 at the plate with two doubles, six RBI and six runs scored.
DENISON finished off its spring trip in Florida with a 4-1 mark last week with wins against Amherst, 12-2, SUNY-Canton, 7-5, Mount St. Mary, 9-0, and North Central (IL), 13-2. Junior outfielder Tanner Johnson (Jefferson, WI/Jefferson) led the Big Red over the five-game stretch with team-highs in both hits (11) and RBI (7). In two starts on the mound last week, junior Zach Huarte (Villa Park, CA/Servite) was 2-0 overall and posted a 0.00 ERA after striking out eight batters and not allowing an earned run on just four hits in 9.0 innings of work.
DEPAUW improved to 10-2 on the year and is now off to its best start since 2012 following a three-game sweep over Rockford last weekend in Greencastle. The Tigers cruised to victory in games one and three by scores of 13-4 and 11-1, but the middle game was a nail-biter that they pulled out by an 8-7 margin in 10 innings. Senior Jack Thompson (Carmel, IN/Carmel), hit .500 (6-for-12) in the series and was a triple shy of the cycle in game one after going 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, a homer and three RBI. Senior left-hander Riley Futterknecht (Bristol, IN/Elkhart Central) had a solid outing in the 11-1 victory as he struck out four and allowed no runs on just two hits for his third win of the season.
HIRAM dropped its first two games northern games of the season on Sunday at Muskingum, falling 5-3 in game one and 4-2 in the nightcap. Freshman starter Hank Clegg (Toronto, OH/Toronto) earned a no-decision on the mound in game one after striking out three and allowing three earned runs in the first 6.0 innings of the game, while sophomore leadoff hitter Bryan Engdahl (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual) was 3-for-9 on the day with one run scored and one RBI.
KENYON closed out is trip in Florida with a 5-3 record last week, which included a single win over Messiah, 7-6, and a pair of DH sweeps against Westminster (PA) and Mount St. Vincent. Junior Mat von Roemer (Kendall Park, NJ/Rutgers Prep), who hit safely in 7-of-8 games last week, combined to hit .500 (16-for-32) in the eight-game stretch, which included a 4-for-5 performance with two doubles and three runs scored in a narrow 6-5 loss against Albright on March 14th. In KC’s 6-0 win over Westminster, junior Jesse Bogacz (Bayside, NY/Trinity) was lights out on the hill as he struck out a season-high 11 and allowed just one hit over the first 5.0 innings of action.
OBERLIN is off to a 1-3 start on its 10-game trip in Arizona, posting a 9-5 win over Macalaster on March 18th. Junior Quin Butler (San Francisco, CA/Hill School) is off to a hot start in Arizona, hitting 6-for-9 in three total games with one triple, one RBI and two runs scored.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 4-2 record last week on its spring trip in Florida, picking up wins against Amherst, 14-11, Susquehanna, 6-3, Nichols, 4-0, and SUNY-Canton, 5-4 in 10 innings. Sophomore Jon Rings (Centerburg, OH/Centerburg) hit safely in all six games on the week, which included four-straight multi-hit games to close out the trip. On the mound, junior right-hander Kevin Zullo (Hudson, OH/Hudson) tossed a seven-hit shutout in the win over Nichols in his only action on the trip. He allowed just one runner past first base in the first 7.0 innings and retired 11-straight batters during one stretch.
WABASH took two out of three against Hanover last weekend, with a 10-2 win in the opener and a 4-3 victory in Sunday’s finale. The Little Giants also forced extra innings in game two, before losing 6-5 in 10 innings. Sophomore Sean Roginski (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) hit .500 (7-for-14) over the three-game stretch, highlighted by a career-high five-RBI performance in the game-one victory, while senior Jensen Kirch (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) picked up the win in game one after scattering seven hits, striking out four and allowing just one earned run in 7.0 innings of work.
WITTENBERG dropped both ends of its first DH in Ohio on Sunday against Mount Union by scores of 6-2 and 5-3. Senior Josh Kaplan (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) went 4-for-7 at the plate in the series with an RBI in game one and a double in game two.
WOOSTER, ranked 9th in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top-25, opened its two-week spring break in Florida with a 5-1 record last week, posting wins over Susquehanna, 7-0, Mt. St. Mary, 16-2, Arcadia, 5-2, Western Connecticut St., 12-5, and Amherst, 11-2. Sophomore shortstop Michael Wielansky (St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) reached base safely in his first 11 plate appearances in the sunshine state and finished the six-game stretch by hitting 11-for-21 (.524) with three triples, two doubles, one homer, six RBI and 13 runs scored. He was a triple shy of the cycle in the win over Susquehanna, but then came back the next day and smacked a pair of three-baggers in the win over Mt. St. Mary. Junior right-hander Nanak Saran (Hudson, OH/Hudson) was solid in two wins on the mound last week, striking out eight total batters and allowing four earned runs on six hits in 11.0 total innings of work.