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Baldwin Wallace University Baseball Team Splits a Doubleheader at Mount Union in Alliance

BEREA, OHIO The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team split a rescheduled Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader against rival Mount Union College today (Wednesday, April 16, 2008) at the 23rd Street Field in Alliance.  Mt. Union won the first game, 13-7, and BW won the nightcap, 25-17 in eight innings.

With its split, the Yellow Jackets are now 15-11-1 overall and 7-5 in the OAC. With its split, Mt. Union is now 17-10 overall and 8-4 in the OAC.

In the first game, BW took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning but the Purple Raiders countered with seven runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. BW closed the gap to 7-6 with a pair of runs in the third, but again Mt. Union retaliated with five of its own for a commanding 12-6 advantage. Another Mt. Union run in the fourth countered BWs final tally in the top of the seventh.

At the plate, junior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC centerfielder Cody Kidd (Wellington) led the way with three base hits and scored a pair of runs. In addition, senior leftfielder Shaun Slater (Wooster/ Norwayne), senior shortstop Nick Radca (Amherst/ Marion Steele) and freshman designated hitter Chris Nealon (Avon Lake) each had a pair of base hits.

On the mound, junior Jim Jaskowak (Grove City, Pa./ Grove City), this weeks OAC Pitcher of the Week, started and took the loss, his first of the season, to fall to 4-1 overall. Jaskowak pitched the first two innings and was followed to the mound by sophomore Cory Hanawalt (xxxxx) who threw the final four frames.

In the second game, BW again began with a four-run first to take a 4-0 lead only to have Mt. Union score four of its own for a 4-4 tie. Mt. Union added four more runs in the second inning to take an 8-4 lead. BW then took the lead for good with a nine-run third inning for a 13-8 lead. After Mt. Union closed to within 13-9 in the bottom of the third, BW scored three times in the fifth and increased its lead to 16-9. Undaunted. the Raiders scored three of their own in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 16-12. A four-run sixth and another run in the seventh increased BWs bulge to 21-12. Again, Mt. Union answered with three in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 21-15. BW concluded its scoring with four runs in the top of the eighth for a 25-15 lead. Then, after Mt. Union scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to close within 25-17, darkness decended upon the 23rd Street Field to bring an end to the donneybrook.

At the plate, BW pounded out 27 hits with senior Kevin Shenker (Twinsburg) leading the way by going six-of-six with five runs scored and six runs batted-in. Slater was five-of-six with two doubles, a homerun, four runs scored and five RBI. In addition, Radca, junior All-OAC firstbaseman Riley Kreisher (Ashtabula/ Edgewood) and senior second baseman Nate Luken (Dayton/ Chaminade Julienne) each had three hits and Kidd, sophomore rightfielder Ben Stoper (Medina/ Senior) and junior third baseman Jake Gross (West Farmington/ Warren Champion) each had a pair of hits.

On the mound, sophomore Brandon Fredericks (Copley/ Richfield Revere) started and earned the win to improve to 3-2 overall. He was followed to the mound by freshman Nick Flanigan (Wadsworth) who earned a save.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Thursday, April 17 when they travel to North Canton to play Malone College at 1:00 p.m. (a Junior Varsity game will follow the varsity contest). BW also hosts Heidelberg College in an OAC doubleheader on Saturday, April 19 at Heritage Field in Berea at 1:00 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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