Baseball: Ohio Northern (8-3 Overall) at Thomas More (Ky.) (2-3 Overall)

Baseball: Ohio Northern (8-3 Overall) at Thomas More (Ky.) (2-3 Overall)

Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 - 1 p.m. - Thomas More Field, Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Preview: The Ohio Northern baseball team will wrap up a 3-game series at Thomas More (Ky.) on Sunday afternoon at Thomas More Field with a twinbill ... The Polar Bears defeated Thomas More on Thursday afternoon after rallying late in the ninth inning and scoring the lone run of the tenth inning to defeat TMC 10-9 ... In that contest, senior Kyle Schlade led Northern at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while senior Jason Burkett was 2-for-4 with three runs scored ... Sophomore Josh Mohr struck out a game-high five batters on the mound ... Junior third basemen Luke Klinehoffer currently leads the plate at with 20 hits, 14 runs scored and a .435 batting average ... Junior Caleb Thomas currently leads the team with 12 RBI and is second on the team with 16 hits ... Sophomore Nate Bye currently has a team-best two victories on the pitchers mound for ONU ... Junior Austin Frey has thrown a team-high 14.0 innings and struck out 11 batters and owns a perfect 2-0 record on the mound ... Sophomore Jack Schaller has a team-high 17 K's, while Mohr is second on the team with 16 K's ... Senior All-American T.J. Storer leads the way with four saves this season ... Thomas More enters the contest after falling to ONU in the first of the 3-game series ... Through seven games, junior Joshua Boeckmann leads the team with eight hits and is second on the team with six RBI ... Junior Blaise Ostertag leads the team with seven RBI ... Ostertag and fellow junior Sam Hauer rank second and first on the team, batting .421 and .444 respectively ... Senior Brandon Eliadis has pitched a team-high 11.1 innings and has a team-high nine strikeouts.

Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave.        Hits       Runs       RBIs  
1. Klinehoffer .435   1. Klinehoffer 20   1. Klinehoffer 14   1. Thomas 12
2. Shenefield .387   2. Thomas 16   2. Thomas 10   2. Klinehoffer 10
3. Thomas .372   3. Burkett 14   3.  Kasberg 9   3. Burkett 9

Pitching Leaders

  Wins       ERA       Strikeouts     Saves  
1. Frey 2   1. Mohr 0.79   1. Schaller 17 1. Storer 4
  Bye 2   2. Schaller 2.00   2. Mohr 16      
  4 Tied 1   3. Frey 2.57   3. Frey 11      

Series Notes: Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 6-1 margin ... The Polar Bears won two out of three contests in last season's 3-game series and defeated the Saints on Thursday afternoon.

ONU head coach Gene Stechschulte: Stechschulte in his seventh season at ONU with an overall record of 140-103, a winning percentage of .576.