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Baldwin Wallace Splits Doubleheader With John Carroll, Winning, 4-2, and Then Losing, 3-0

BEREA, OHIO The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Wednesday, April 4, 2008) against John Carroll University at Schweikert Field in University Heights, Ohio.  The Yellow Jackets won the first game 4-2, but dropped the nightcap, 3-0.
 
The split gives the Yellow Jackets a 10-7 overall and 2-2 OAC record.  John Carroll is now 12-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
 
After two scoreless innings to open the first game, BW opened up a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning and added two more in the fifth.  JCU answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but solid pitching from sophomore righthander Scott Luthman (Celina) in the sixth and seventh innings sealed the 4-2 victory for the Yellow Jackets.
 
On the mound, junior righthander Jim Jaskowak (Grove City, Pa./ Grove City) started and improved to 3-0 for the season as he worked five innings and gave up only two runs on seven hits.  His four strikeouts give him a team-leading 23 for the season.  Luthman worked the sixth and seventh innings and earned his first save of the season and his career.  He only needed to face seven batters to record his six outs.
 
At the plate, senior second baseman Nate Luken (Dayton/ Chaminade-Julienne) led the way with two hits in three tries and scored two runs.  Also, senior shortstop Nick Radca (Amherst/ Marion Steele) had a base hit and a pair of runs batted-in and junior Academic All-OAC rightfielder Mike Brisky (Berea) also tallied a hit and a run.
 
In the nightcap, JCU scored a pair runs in the bottom of the third inning and another in the fifth to earn the split.
 
Despite the loss, Yellow Jacket junior righthander Brandon Fredericks (Copley/ Richfield Revere) threw five solid innings, allowed six base hits and three runs (all earned) and struck out six and walked one.  He was replaced by sophomore righty Jim Palko (Euclid) who threw three innings, allowed one hit, no runs, and struck out a batter.
 
At the plate, senior leftfielder Shaun Slater (Wooster/ Norwayne) had a pair of hits to lead the way.
 
The Yellow Jackets will next play tomorrow (Thursday, April 3) against Cleveland cross-town- and traditional rival Case Western Reserve University at Heritage Field in Berea.  The game is a scheduled nine-inning game and will begin at 4:00 p.m.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact BW Sports Information Director 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 Head Coach Bob Fisher, please call him at 440-826-2182 or e-mail him at rfisher@bw.edu. You can get all of the latest BW athletics information by visiting our Web site at www.bw.edu/athletics.
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