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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

COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Wright State and Bluffton win against rivals

Info compiled from Defiance, Bluffton, Wright State and Cincinnati

Cody Kopilchack (WSU)

In the opener of a home-and-home mid-week series between Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati.

Wright State scored five runs in the final two innings to beat Cincinnati Tuesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. The loss snapped UC’s four-game winning streak and dropped the Bearcats to 23-21 overall, while the Raiders improved to 24-17.

Cincinnati, who beat the Raiders in the first meeting earlier this year, 6-5 on April13, fell behind early as Wright State scored three runs in the first two innings, two coming in the second inning on a two-run homer by Gerald Ogrinc, to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

With Wright State starter Cody Kopilchack struggling to find the strike zone early in the second inning, junior Justin Riddell got the Bearcats on the board when he banged a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left-center field, cutting the deficit to 3-1. The home run was Riddell’s second of 2010.

Justin Riddell (UC)

The Raiders scored a run in the fifth to re-establish a three-run lead, 4-1. The Bearcats had a two-out surge in the bottom of the fifth helped the Bearcats claw back within one run at 4-3. with two outs, junior Chris Peters drew a five-pitch walk and then scored on a line-drive home run off the bat of sophomore T.J. Jones, his fourth homer of the season.

Two scoreless innings ensued before a pair of two-out, two-RBI singles from the Raiders opened up a five-run lead, 8-3, WSU tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning that extended the lead to 9-3 and Wright State’s Greg Robinson retired the Bearcats in the eighth inning and ninth innings to close out the 9-3 Raider triumph.

T.J. Jones (UC)

Wright State’s Cody Kopilchack moved to 3-1 on the season after giving up five hits and three earned runs in 5.0 innings.

The Bearcats and Raiders conclude their mid-week home-and-home series on Wednesday May 5, at 6:30 p.m. on Wright State’s home field, Nischwitz Stadium.

Defiance and Bluffton hooked up for a wild game on Tuesday at Rutter Field in Defiance, Ohio. The two teams saw 11 pitchers combine to throw 378 pitches, while allowing 30 runs on 37 hits with 13 coming via extra bases during the 10-inning tilt. When everything settled down, Bluffton escaped with a 16-14 win.

Zach Stallkamp (DC)

At least one team scored in each of the first seven innings, with Bluffton doing damage in six different innings and Defiance denting the scoreboard in four different frames. The Beavers scored six runs in the third, while Defiance countered with a five-run outburst in the fourth and a four-run rally in the seventh.

Bluffton held leads of 1-0, 7-2, 10-5 and 14-10, only to see Defiance charge back each and every time. The Beavers finally broke through for good in the top of the tenth, when Stephen Torres laced a two-run single into center field to lift BU to the 16-14 win.

Zach Stallkamp went 3-6 with a home run, a double and four runs batted in, while Kirk Jesse also had three hits. Keith Wade went 2-6 with two runs and a pair of RBI and Alex Timofeev went 2-5 with two runs, two doubles and two runs batted in.

Kirk Jesse (DC)