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Yellow Jacket Baseball Team Loses, 8-1, at Wooster

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team lost a nonleague game today (Thursday, April 15) at seventh-ranked The College of Wooster, 8-1.

With its loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 13-5 overall and next play on Saturday in Berea against 11th-ranked and Ohio Athletic Conference arch-rival Marietta College in a doubleheader at Heritage Field at 1:00 p.m. Look for BW to pitch senior lefthanded ace Dale Koler (Brunswick), who is 3-0 with a 1.80 earned run average and has 41 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched, in the first game and junior Mike Turchan (Mayfield), who is 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched, in the nightcap. A year ago, BW and Marietta split a pair of games in Marietta.

In today's game, Wooster scored three runs in the first, one in the second and four in the fourth en route to its win and improved to 22-5 overall and avenged a 17-11 loss to the Yellow Jackets earlier this year in Florida. BW scored its lone run in the fifth inning when senior leftfielder Greg Wisniewski (Brunswick) scored sophomore Matt Green (Elyria Senior) with a sacrifice fly. Green, who led BW with three hits, had reached first on a single, advanced to second on a single by sophomore designated hitter Mike Farrell (Wickliffe) and reached third via a throwing error. Farrell is also this week's OAC Hitter of the Week and extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of hits.

In another note, Turchan (Mayfield), who regularly starts at third base when he does not pitch, did not have a hit in four at-bats and ended an 18-game hitting streak that dated back to last year.

On the mound, senior Cal Snyder (East Canton) suffered his second loss in three decisions as he pitched the first three and two-third innings. Snyder allowed seven of the eight runs on eight hits. He was followed by freshman lefthander Rob Lewis (Oak Harbor), who allowed one run in two and one-third innings of work, and both junior Jay Watson (New Philadelphia) and junior Nick Slater (Wooster/ Norwayne) tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

After 18 games, Turchan continues to top BW and the OAC with a .530 batting average with six homeruns and 30 runs batted-in, Farrell is second at .421 with four homers and 21 RBI and Green is third at .366 with two doubles. Others batting better than .300 are senior first baseman Ryan Petraitis (Akron/ Manchester) at .361, sophomore rightfielder Dan Melito (Massillon Washington) at .349 ad junior shortstop Jason Albright (Camp Hills, Pa./ East Pennsboro) at .345.

On the mound, Koler and Turchan are BW's top two starters. Also on Saturday versus Marietta, look for junior "stoppers" Bob Glavan (Mentor), who is 0-0 with one save and a 3.24 ERA and Aaron Krieger (Bellefontaine), who is 0-1 with three saves and a 0.77 ERA, to be key if called upon.

Following its OAC twinbill on Saturday, BW will remain home for six games next week as they host OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in an OAC twinbill on Tuesday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. In addition, BW will host nonlegaue foe Tiffin University in a rescheduled single seven inning game on Wednesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. (a J.V. game will follow), host Cleveland cross-town and nonleague rival Case Western Reserve University in a single nine-inning game on Thursday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. and end the homestand by hosting defending OAC Tournament champion Otterbein College on Saturday, April 24 in a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. All games will be played at Heritage Field on Eastland Road in Berea and located on the BW campus.

FOR MORE BW SPORTS INFORMATION, please contact SID Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327, by FAX Machine at 440-826-2329 or via e-mail at kruple@bw.edu. To contact baseball coach Bob Fisher, please call him in his office at 440-826-2182, FAX him at 440-826-2192 or e-mail him at rfisher@bw.edu.

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