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OHIO COLLEGE BASEBALL: Defiance sets records and Cincinnati beats UConn

Info courtesy of Defiance College and Cincinnati Athletics

Kirk Jesse (DC)

Defiance College closed its 2010 campaign with a pair of Senior Day wins this past Saturday at Rutter Field against Rose-Hulman.  The series win by the Jackets ended the HCAC Championship hopes of the Engineers, while capping Defiance College’s winningest season since winning 19 games in 1999. They honored 6 seniors who will be leaving the program due to graduation.

The day started with the completion of Friday’s suspended game, which had Rose-Hulman holding an 8- 6 lead over Defiance entering the bottom of the eighth inning. DC came back to score 5 runs in the bottom of the inning to take control of the game at 11-8.

The three-run cushion would hold, as Tyler Gallant worked a perfect ninth inning to preserve the come from behind win for the Yellow Jackets. Gallant (3-3) was credited with the victory, after yielding one hit and one earned run in two innings, following a clutch six-inning relief pitching performance from Aaron Patterson in which he struck out six Rose-Hulman batters.

The Jacket offense erupted for 11 runs on 13 hits behind multi-hit games from six of the top seven hitters in the lineup. Kirk Jesse swiped three bases to tie the Defiance College single-season record of 27.

The offense stayed hot in the second game, using a six-run second inning to take control. The result was an 11-7 DC victory that saw the Purple and Gold pile up 14 more hits.

Tim Pitro Defiance (DC)

Defiance completed its assault on the record books on Saturday and saw four more records fall as Kirk Jesse set single-season marks with 171 at bats and 30 steals, while Tim Pitro tied the single season record with 14 doubles and set a new all-time runs scored record with 110.

Falling records were the theme for the Yellow Jackets in 2010, as the team set all-time records with 1,357 at bats, 400 hits, 76 doubles, 321 innings pitched, 963 putouts, 420 assists and a .958 fielding percentage.

Multiple individual single-season standards were also set, with Kirk Jesse’s at bats and steals marks joining Tim Pitro’s doubles record and Bryn Lehman’s assist total of 119.

Jesse and Pitro carried the act over into the all-time rankings as well, with Jesse leaving as the program’s all-time leader with 555 at bats and Pitro rounding out his record-breaking career as Defiance College’s all-time leader with 174 hits, 110 runs scored, 102 runs batted in, 34 doubles and 346 assists.

Defiance ends the 2010 season with a 16-23 record overall and a 7-15 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Jackets are set to return the entire pitching staff, along with five starters and 13 letterman on offense for the 2011 campaign.

Andrew Strenge (UC)

Jake Proctor (UC)

In his first career start, Cincinnati freshman Andrew Strenge gave up seven hits, struck out six batters, and gave up two unearned runs in nine innings of work to lead UC past number 20 Connecticut, 3-2 Sunday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs, Connecticut.

Strenge threw 113 pitches in his first career complete game, 76 were for strikes, becoming the first UC freshman to throw a complete game since Don Osterbrock threw a complete game at Villanova on May 6, 2006. The Yardley, Pennsylvania native also moved to 5-1 on the season.

The victory moved Cincinnati to 25-23 overall and 9-12 in Big East play, while number 20 UConn slipped to 36-10 overall and 16-4 in conference play. UC is now 2-2 on the season when playing teams ranked in the top 25 poll.

Both Strenge and UConn starter Greg Nappo held the opposing team scoreless through the first five innings, before UC put the first runs on the board in the sixth inning.

Freshman Jake Proctor got the damage started with a leadoff solo homer to right field to lead Cincinnati to the victory.D

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