The spring break portion of the 2017 North Coast baseball schedule will come to a close this week with DePauw playing five games in central Florida. While the midweek portion of the schedule includes several non-conference games, the NCAC Divisional slate opens this weekend with four total series, led by Denison hosting Wabash in the West and Oberlin traveling to Wooster in the East.
ALLEGHENY went 7-3 on its first-ever spring break trip in Arizona, but the real story of the week was the prolific display of offense put on by the Gators as they scored at least nine runs in all 10 games and batted .417 as a team on the trip. Seven different started batted over .400 on the week, led by senior Andrew Dawson (Pittsburgh, PA/Plum) hitting .733 (11-for-15) with eight runs scored and four RBI. Senior second baseman Jacob Shick (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.), who hit .512 (21-for-41) in Arizona, had a prodigious week in the three hole as he combined for nine doubles, 14 runs scored and 11 RBI, highlighted by a two-double and four-RBI effort in the 12-6 win over Middlebury on the final day of the trip.
DENISON racked up three wins over OAC opponents last week, defeating Marietta, 6-2, John Carroll, 14-1, and Capital, 11-3. The win against Marietta marked the 100th-career victory for DU head coach Mike Deegan. In the three games combined, senior second baseman Eric Zmuda (Toledo, OH/St. Francis de Sales) hit .429 (6-for-14) with three doubles, four runs scored and four RBI. On the mound, junior right-hander Perley Provost (South Bend, IN/Culver Acad.) tossed a gem in the win over Marietta, striking out eight and allowing two earned runs on just six hits in the 9.0 inning complete-game performance.
DEPAUW dropped an 8-1 midweek decision against NCAA Div. I Butler, but the Tigers opened their spring break trip in Florida on Sunday with a pair of wins over Keuka by scores of 14-1 and 9-4. Senior shortstop Reid Pittard (Lafayette, IN/Jefferson) went 6-for-9 in the sweep of Keuka, highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance with one double, three runs scored and two RBI in the 9-4 win.
HIRAM opened its home schedule by taking two out of three against Chatham. The Terriers won both games on Saturday by scores of 4-2 and 2-1, but dropped the series finale on Sunday by a 10-8 margin. The pitching staff allowed just one earned run in the Saturday DH, led by senior left-hander Brandon Chesmar (Elyria, OH/Amherst Steele) striking out three and allowing just one run on two hits in 6.0 innings of work during the 2-1 victory. Sophomore Bryan Engdahl (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual) paced the offense with three extra-base hits in the series, including his first homer of the season in the 4-2 win.
KENYON was idle last week.
OBERLIN completed its spring break trip in Arizona with a 4-2 record last week, highlighted by a DH sweep over Hamline on March 21st. Sophomore Brendan Mapes (Mt. Vernon, OH/Centerburg), who has hit safely in 12-straight games, went 10-for-17 at the plate with five extra-base hits, six runs scored and seven RBI in five games last week, which included smacking his first-career homer in the 8-1 win over Hamline. Junior right-hander Sean Kiley (Studio City, CA/Harvard Westlake) moved to 3-0 on the season after striking out eight and allowing two earned runs on three hits in 7.2 innings of work in an 8-2 win over Buena Vista on March 22nd.
OHIO WESLEYAN suffered a 12-4 loss at Baldwin Wallace on Tuesday, but the Bishops bounced back on Saturday with a pair of one-run wins over PSU-Behrend. In the opener against the Lions, OWU scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to post the 9-8 win, before the pitching staff combined to allow just one unearned run in the 2-1 victory in the nightcap. Senior Aaron Strausbaugh (Dublin, OH/Scioto), who hit .385 (5-for-13) on the week, sparked the eighth-inning rally against the Lions in game one with a two-run single to right field.
WABASH swept Aurora in a three-game series in Crawfordsville last weekend, highlighted by sophomore outfielder Jared Wolfe (Terre Haute, IN/South Vigo) cracking a two-out, two-run walk-off double to lift the Little Giants to a 9-8 win in the series opener. Senior catcher Andrew Roginski (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) went 6-for-11 at the plate in the series with one double, one triple and six RBI, while classmate Michael Herrmann (Coatesville, IN/North Putnam) struck out seven and allowed just four hits in seven innings of shutout work during Saturday’s 5-0 win over the Spartans.
WITTENBERG opened the week with a heartbreaking 10-9 loss at Earlham, before splitting a DH against Marian (WI) on Saturday that saw the Tigers win the opener by a 5-4 margin. Sophomore right-hander Noble Moore (Delaware, OH/Hayes) went the distance on the mound in the win over Marian after striking out three and allowing just two earned runs on eight hits in the 9.0 inning complete-game performance.
WOOSTER, ranked eighth in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top-25, capped off its spring break trip in Florida last week with a perfect 4-0 record, highlighted by an 11-8 win over No. 13 Johns Hopkins on the final day. In the win over JHU, senior Michael Whitaker (Alliance, OH/Alliance) nailed down his 16th-career save, which moved him into a tie for second in program history with current Wooster men’s golf coach Rich Danch. A four-hit, 10-strikeout performance by senior left-hander Michael Houdek (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) in a 4-0 win over Colby was the top pitching performance of the week, while junior center fielder Jake Fling (Norton, OH/Norton) had multiple hits in all four games on the week, highlighted by a 4-for-5 effort with two RBI and one run scored in the win over Colby.