BW Baseball Team Splits OAC Doubleheader With Cross-Town Rival John Carroll

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Anthony Longhitano
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO --  The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with cross-town rival John Carroll University today (Tuesday, April  3, 2012) at Schweickert Field.  The Yellow Jackets won the first game by final score of 5-2 in seven innings but fell in the nightcap by a score of 11-7 in nine innings.  

With the split, BW is now 17-4 overall and 2-2 in the OAC while John Carroll is now 9-10 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when junior leftfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) led off the game with a single to center field.  Toughey stole second and would score on the RBI single by freshman first baseman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/North).

BW added to its lead, 3-0, in the top of the third inning as it scored two runs on two hits.  Senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) led off the inning with a base knock through the left side and then stole second.  Longhitano would score on the two-run homerun to right field by Chontos.  The Blue Steaks cut into the lead, 3-2, in the bottom half of the inning as they scored two runs on three hits.

The Yellow Jackets would add another run on three hits in the top of the fifth inning to push their lead to 4-2.  Longhitano had a one-out single to center field advanced to second on the single to right center by Chontos.  Junior second baseman Jay Yost (Bascom/Hopewell-Loudon) would single to right field to score Longhitano and Chontos would advance to second.

BW would tack on another run on two hits in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 5-2.  Junior centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria) led off the inning  with a single through the right side and then stole second base.  Senior catcher Ryan Nordquist (Alliance) walked. Neuschaefer advanced to third a wild pitch on ball four to Nordquist and would score on the sacrifice fly by Toughey.
The Yellow Jacket offense had 11 hits and was led by Chontos and Longhitano who each went 3-for-4.  Chontos had a homerun and three RBI while Longhitano had a stolen base and two runs scored.  Freshman designated hitter Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) went 2-for-4.
On the mound, senior Josh Scott (Strongsville) pitched six innings to improve to 5-0 on the season. Scott allowed two runs with four strikeouts and two walks. Junior reliever Jon Tenley (Wadsworth) came into pitch a scoreless seventh inning to record his fifth save of the season and his all-time leading ninth career save.

Kyle Chontos
In game two, BW would take an early lead 1-0 when Toughey led off the game with a walk and then would advance to second on a stolen base.  Toughey advanced to third on the ground out by Longhitano and Chontos would walk.   Freshman third baseman Eric Murphy ( Brook Park/Midpark) grounded out to second but Toughey would score on the play.  John Carroll would take the lead in the bottom half of the inning as it would score four runs on four hits.

The Yellow Jackets cut into the lead, 4-2, as they would score one run on two hits in the top of the second inning.  Ferster led off the inning with an infield base hit that he was initially called out but after an appeal by Head Coach Brian Harrison he was called safe.   Ferster then stole second base and would score on the RBI base hit by Nordquist.
The Blue Streaks would push six more runs across the plate on seven hits to extend the lead to 10-2 after three complete innings. 
BW would come back with four  runs on two hits in the top of the fourth to cut the lead down to 10-6.  Yost was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Ferster walked and Yost went to second base.  Yost would go to third on the fielder’s choice by Neuschaefer and Ferster was forced out on the play.  Neuschaefer stole second base and would score along with Yost on the RBI single to right field by freshman rightfielder Alex Green (Pickerington/North)Toughey would reach on an error and Green moved up to second base.  Toughey and Green would each move up a base on a wild pitch and would both score on the two RBI base knock by Longhitano.
John Carroll would add to its lead in the bottom of the sixth as it scored one run on three hits to extend the lead to 11-6. 

The Yellow Jackets scored  one run on two hits in the top of the eighth inning to close out the scoring at 11-7.   Neuschaefer had a one-out triple to right center and would score on the RBI single to right center by Nordquist.
The BW offense scored seven runs on nine hits and was led by Nordquist and Green who each went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
On the mound, four BW pitchers allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 19 hits.

BW is back in action tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4)  when they host Case Western Reserve University in a non-conference nine inning game at Heritage Field.  First pitch for the home opener is slated for 4:00 p.m.   The Yellow Jackets will close out the week with an n OAC doubleheader with the University of Mount Union at Heritage Field on Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.

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