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BW Splits Doubleheader with Wilmington, Losing 4-2, and Winning 8-7, in Berea

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today with visiting Wilmington College at Heritage Field in Berea. The Quakers won the first game, 2-0, and the Yellow Jackets won the nightcap, 8-7.

The twinbill and second game ended in a crazy way -- the "old hidden ball trick". With Wilmington having already scored twice in the top of the seventh to make the score 8-7 in favor of BW, the Yellow Jackets pulled off the "play of the day". Following an infield single, BW two-time All-OAC and All-Mideast Region first baseman Pat Shannon (Madison, Conn./ Daniel Hand) held onto the ball after the play. Sophomore relief pitcher Aaron Krieger (Bellefontaine), who had just entered the game and gave up the hit, walked to the third base side of the mound area (off the dirt). When the Wilmington runner at first stepped off the bag, Shannon was waiting with the ball to tag him and the umpire called the runner out.  Shannon also had his team-leading and single season record-tying 17th double of the year tying former outfielder Brian Johnson (2001).  Shannon now has 35 career doubles leaving him one shy of the all-time record.

After the split, the Yellow Jackers are now 20-14 overall and 8-6 in the OAC. Wilmington is now 22-12-1 overall and 7-7 in the OAC.

In the first game, Wilmington scored single runs in the third and sixth innings off senior right hander Ryan Petrusky (Cuyahoga Falls). Petrusky went the distance allowing two runs on six hits and striking out four. His record falls to 6-4 on the season. Senior Academic All-OAC outfielder Brian Keller (Vermilion) and sophomore second baseman Mike Turchan (Mayfield) both had two hits for the Jackets, who managed only six hits as a team.

In the nightcap, Wilmington took a 4-0 lead before the Yellow Jackets came storming back. BW scored twice in the third, five times in the fourth and one more in the fifth to take a commanding 8-4 lead into the sixth. The Quakers then made it interesting by scoring once in the sixth and two more in the seventh to make the final score, 8-7.

Offensively, freshman second baseman Dan Melito (Massillon Washington) led the way with three hits and three runs batted-in. His two-run scoring single in the fourth provided BW with the game-winning hit and runs. On the mound, Turchan gained the win, his fourth in seven decisions, as he pitched the first six and two-third innings. He struck out five and walked just one. Krieger, the beneficiary of Shannon's play at first, earned his second save of the year.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Tuesday, April 29, when they travel to Ada and Ohio Northern University to play the Polar Bears in an OAC doubleheader at Wander Field beginning at 1:00 p.m. In addition next week, the Yellow Jackets travel to Hiram for a single nonleague game on Thursday (May 1) at 3:30 p.m. and end the regular season next Saturday at Capital University in Columbus in an OAC doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.

FOR MORE BW SPORTS INFORMATION, please contact Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327, by FAX 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, FAX him at 440-826-2192 or 6980.

To get all of the latest Yellow Jacket baseball information, please log onto our Web site at www.bw.edu/athletics  and then go to the baseball pages. There you can access the team roster, current game and season statistics, game stories, information on our coaching staff and program and much, much more.

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