Due to inclement weather in the region over the weekend, the NCAC Baseball crossover series are not quite set as several divisional makeup games are on the slate this week on Monday and Tuesday. Once those games are completed the matchups for the crossover series will be announced on Tuesday evening. In 2017, the NCAC crossover games will simply count as three additional league games for each team. Once the weekend is completed, the top two teams from each division (based on winning percentage) will qualify for the 2017 NCAC Baseball Championships, set for May 11-14 at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
ALLEGHENY knocked off nationally-ranked Mount Union, 11-4, in midweek non-conference action, before opening its final NCAC East series of the season on Sunday against Oberlin with a split that saw the Gators win game two in 10 innings by a score of 10-5. The win over Oberlin marked the 200th-career victory for head coach Kelly Swiney. In the three games combined last week, junior Cullen Flaherty (Oil City, PA/Oil City) hit .600 (6-for-10) with seven runs scored and five RBI, highlighted by a 3-for-4 effort with one homer, one double and five RBI in the win over Mount Union.
DENISON, ranked 27th in the ABCA Top-30 and receiving votes in the D3baseball.com Top-25, improved to 27-9 overall on the season last week with a key 9-1 regional win over Otterbein on Wednesday, before taking three of four at Ohio Wesleyan in NCAC West action over the weekend. The 27 victories ties last year’s total for the third-most wins in program history. Sophomore right-hander John Troll (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) made two appearances on the mound last week, which included posting the win against Otterbein after striking out one and allowing just one earned run on three hits in 5.0 innings of work. He also took a no-decision in a 5-3 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday after striking out three and allowing one unearned run on just three hits in 5.0 innings of work to finish the week with a miniscule 0.90 ERA. Freshman third baseman Brian McAuliffe (Tuckahoe, NY/Fordham Prep) was a force at the plate last week, batting .563 (9-for-16) with two doubles, three homers, four runs scored and nine RBI, which included going 8-for-12 at the plate with seven RBI in three starts against OWU.
DEPAUW, ranked 24th in the ABCA Top-30 and receiving votes in the D3baseball.com Top-25, had its NCAC West series at Wabash washed out last weekend. The two squads will now attempt to make up two games of the series, one each on Monday and Tuesday.
HIRAM dropped a pair of NCAC East games on Sunday at Wooster by scores of 11-1 and 17-7. In the 17-7 loss, sophomore Christian Owens (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) came off the bench and smacked a two-run single down the left field line in the seventh inning.
KENYON swept Wilmington in a non-league DH on Wednesday by scores of 10-3 and 20-7, before splitting an NCAC cross-divisional DH against Wittenberg on Sunday with the Lords winning game two by a 14-2 margin. Over the course of the week, junior Mikey Arman (Fairfield, CT/Ludlowe) posted a .643 batting average (9-for-14) with two doubles, two homers and one triple for a 1.357 slugging percentage. He also scored six times and drove in eight runs on the week.
OBERLIN turned in a 2-2 record last week with a pair of DH splits against Marietta and Allegheny. The Yeomen took down the Pioneers in game one, 8-7, in 10 innings, on Wednesday, before logging a 4-2 win in the series opener against Allegheny on Sunday. The Yeomen and Gators are slated to complete their NCAC East series on Monday in Ohio. Senior Brian Carney (Winchester, MA/Winchester) collected a hit in all four games last week to extend his hitting streak to 10-straight.
OHIO WESLEYAN had a busy week, falling to Heidelberg, 15-3, on Wednesday, before falling to Otterbein, 11-6, to complete a halted game from April 20th. The Bishops then dropped three of four against Denison over the weekend in an NCAC West series with the Bishops winning game one of the series by a 9-1 margin. In the win over the Big Red, sophomore Chuck Kuhn (Reminderville, OH/Twinsburg) went 2-for-5 at the plate with a three-run double in the fourth inning that put the Bishops on top by an 8-1 margin.
WABASH had both of its weekend doubleheaders against DePauw postponed due to inclement weather. The local rivals will now try to play two of the four games in the series, with one on Monday and one on Tuesday.
WITTENBERG went 2-2 in non-conference action last week, topping Earlham, 12-2, on Wednesday, before earning a 14-7 win over Kenyon in an NCAC cross-divisional game on Sunday. Freshman Patrick Kenny (Centennial, CO/Regis Jesuit) had a monster week at the plate, hitting .470 (8-for-17) with four doubles, two homers, six runs scored and nine RBI, highlighted by a three-double and four-RBI effort in the win over Kenyon.
WOOSTER, ranked fifth in the D3baseball.com Top-25 and ninth in the ABCA Top-30, extended its win streak to nine-straight early last week with a 10-5 win over Case; however, the streak was snapped a day later with a 6-5 loss at Baldwin Wallace. The Scots then opened their final NCAC East series of the year on Sunday with a pair of run-rule victories over Hiram by scores of 11-1 and 17-7. The two squads will wrap up their series in Wooster on Monday afternoon. Junior outfielder Jake Fling (Norton, OH/Norton), the reigning NCAC Player of the Week, hit .462 (6-for-13) at the plate last week, which included blasting his first homer of the season in the 17-7 win over Hiram. Senior left-hander Michael Houdek (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) reached a career milestone last week as he became the 13th player in program history to post 25-career pitching wins. He earned his 25th career win against Case after striking out three and allowing five earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work, before posting his 26th-career win in the opener against Hiram after setting two down on strikes and allowing just one earned run on six hits in the 7.0 inning complete-game effort.