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Baldwin Wallace University Baseball Team Sweeps OAC Foe Capital in Berea


Brandon Fredericks

BEREA, OHIO The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team swept an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader from Capital University today (Saturday, April 11) at Heritage Field in Berea.

With its wins, BW is now 14-11 overall and 5-5 in the OAC and has won 12 of its last 17 games. The Yellow Jackets also remain at home and host OAC arch-rival Mount Union College in a key OAC twinbill on Tuesday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. With its losses, Capital falls to 9-19 overall and 1-9 in the OAC.

In the first game, the Yellow Jackets scored the only run that senior righthanded starter and winner Brandon Fredericks (Akron/ Copley) would need in the bottom of the second inning when junior designated hitter Chris Nealon (Avon Lake) led off with a single. He moved to second when junior rightfielder Ben Stoper (Medina/ Senior) drew a walk. Then following a line out, senior third baseman Jake Gross (West Farmington/ Warren Champion) doubled to RF to score Nealon from second base.

Offensively, BW had three base hits. Gross led BW with a pair, including the game-winner. On the mound, Fredericks both pitched well and was aided by a Yellow Jacket defense that turned four double plays, including one to end the game. He allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two to improve to 3-3 overall and lower his season earned run average to 4.17. In addition to being an outstanding pitcher, Fredericks carries a 3.97 grade point average and is a candidate for ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-America honors this spring.

In the second game, Capital jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, but BW came right back to score three of its own in the bottom half of the frame to lead 3-2. The Jackets extended their lead to 6-2 with three more in the third inning before Capital scored once in the fourth to close to 6-3. A pair of runs in the fifth extended the lead to 8-3 and the Crusaders closed the scoring in the sixth with a pair.

Offensively, Stoper led the way with three hits, reached base four times, stole four bases and scored twice. In addition, senior ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-American CF Cody Kidd (Wellington) and junior catcher Matt Bush (Grafton/ Midview) each had a pair of hits. Kidd had a double and three rund batted-in and Bush scored three times and had an RBI.

On the mound, junior righty Justin Novak (Strongsville) started and pitched the first five and two-third innings to gain his team-leading fourth victory and improve to 4-2 overall. He allowed nine hits and five runs (all earned) and struck out two and walked two. He was followed by freshman Jon Connolly (Brook Park/ Middleburg Heights Midpark) who allowed just one hit in one and one-third innings of scoreless relief. Then freshman Colin Wright (Lorain/ Admiral King) pitched two scoreless innings, allowed two hits and struck out one to earn his second save of the campaign.

Following its twinbill versus Mt. Union, BW is at non-league for Malone University for a single game on Thursday, April 16 and plays an OAC doubleheader at Heidelberg College next Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at (440) 826-2327 and via e-mail at kruple@bw.edu or Assistant SID Nick Minerd by phone at (440) 826-2780 and via e-mail at nminerd@bw.edu.  To contact Head Coach Bob Fisher, please call him at (440) 826-2182 in his office and e-mail him at rfisher@bw.edu.  More information may be accessed on the BW athletics page at www.bw.edu/athletics.

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