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The Baldwin Wallace University Baseball Team Loses Twice at OAC Rival Marietta

in the Bottom of the Seventh Inning

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team lost twice in the bottom of the seventh inning in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (April 15) at Marietta College at Pioneer Park in Marietta, Ohio. The Pioneers won the first game, 4-3, with one run in the final frame. In the nightcap, the Pioneers scored three times to complete the sweep of the Yellow Jackets.

With its two losses, the Yellow Jackets fall to 15-14 overall and 3-7 in the OAC. Marietta is now 20-5 overall and 6-0 in the OAC.

In the first game, the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but BW took a 2-1 lead with a pair of its own in the top of the third inning. Marietta then came back and scored once in the fourth to tie it at 2-2. BW took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when senior two-time All-OAC leftfielder Mike Farrell (Wickliffe) doubled and then came home on a single by sophomore designated hitter Shaun Slater (Wooster/ Norwayne). But then the ball began to bounce the wrong way for the Yellow Jackets.

Marietta tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs when a ball hit into short left field was lost in the sun for a double. The tying run then scored via a wild pitch that bounced away and was lost by the BW catcher and the runner scored all the way from second base to make the score 3-3. In the bottom of the seventh, a pair of walks, a bunt single set the stage for the game-winning hit.

On the mound, junior righthander and staff ace Clayton Kynkor (Auburn Township/ Kenston) was the hard-luck loser and fell to 5-2 overall. Kynkor allowed 11 base hits and four earned run, struck out two Pioneer batters and walked his only two in the fateful seventh inning. At the plate, Farrell had two of the four Yellow Jacket hits in the game, includig the sixth inning double and run scored.

In the second game, The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning. After Marietta scored once in the bottom of the first to make it 5-1, BW scored six more times in the top of the second to take a commanding 11-1 advantage. Then Marietta began its comeback by scoring four times in the second, one in the fourth and three more in the sixth to close to within 11-9. Then the Pioneers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh all via bases loaded walks to compete the sweep.

In the first, senior Academic All-OAC second baseman Kevin Brown (Cuyahoga Falls) walked, he moved to second when a ball hit by senior two-time All-OAC right fielder Dan Melito (Massillon/ Washington) was lost in the sun for a single. Senior first baseman Matt Wilson (Canton/ South) then singled to load the bases. Farrell brought the first two runners home with a single. Then after a single by junior 3B Nick Quarando (Amherst/ Steele) reloaded the bases, BW received a pair of walks that forced in a run each time and a force out scored the fifth tally of the frame. Highlighting the six-run second was another two-RBI single by Farrell.

At the plate, Wilson led the way with four hits in five at-bats, two runs scored and an RBI. Melito had three hits in four at-bats with two runs scored and an RBI. In addition, Farrell and Quarando each had two hits and Farrell had four RBI, all in the first two innings.

On the mound, junior righty Brian Pille (Lorain/ Catholic) started and pitched the first five plus innings. Junior J.D. Fullerton (Cuyahoga Falls) replaced Pille in the sixth and freshman Alex Walker (Massillon/ Perry) relieved Fullerton in the seventh. Walker suffered the loss to fall to 2-1 overall.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Tuesday (April 18) when they host OAC rival Heidelberg College in an OAC twinbill at Heritage Field at 1:00 p.m. Also next Saturday (April 22), BW travels to Columbus to play OAC foe Capital University in a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.

FOR MORE BW SPORTS INFORMATION, please contact BW 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 Yellow Jacket Head Coach Bob Fisher, please e-mail him at rfisher@bw.edu.

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