Baseball: Ohio Northern (14-6 Overall, 2-2 OAC) at Mount Union (13-5 Overall, 4-0 OAC)

Baseball: Ohio Northern (14-6 Overall, 2-2 OAC) at Mount Union (13-5 Overall, 4-0 OAC)

Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 - 1 p.m. - 23rd Street Field - Alliance, Ohio

Preview: The Ohio Northern baseball team will continue Ohio Athletic Conference play as it travels to Alliance to take on Mount Union in a twinbill on Saturday afternoon ... Northern enters the contest riding a 4-game winning streak, including a double header sweep at Capital ... In those contests, ONU got a 4-hit shutout in the nightcap from sophomore Josh Mohr ... In the opener, sophomore Nate Bye allowed one unearned run and just four hits in 7.2 innings and sophomore Scott Beaton threw the final 1.1 innings of shutout baseball to earn his first collegiate victory for ONU ... Offensively, junior Caleb Thomas went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI and senior Hayden Shenefield was 3-for-5 to lead Ohio Northern ... Through the midway point of the season, the Polar Bears are led offensively by junior Luke Klinehoffer's 33 hits ... Shenefield currently leads the team, hitting .397 ... Thomas leads the team and is tied for fourth in the OAC in both RBI (21) and home runs (3) ... On the pitchers mound, junior Austin Frey owns a perfect 4-0 record and is tied for third in the OAC and leads the team in wins (4) ... Sophomore Josh Mohr currently leads the team and the OAC and ranks 11th nationally with a 0.70 ERA, while sophomore Jack Schaller leads the team with 30 strikeouts ... Senior closer T.J. Storer currently leads the team and OAC and is tied for second nationally with seven saves ... Mount Union enters the contest after receiving votes in the latest ABCA poll ... The Purple Raiders fell to Pitt.-Greensburg in its last contest prior to entering Saturday's matchup with ONU ... Offensively, senior Christian Stanziano leads the team with 23 hits, while senior Billy Goodall is second on the squad with 20 hits ... Goodall is also tied for first place on the team with fellow senior Jimmy Scott with 11 RBI ... Senior Noah Skladan leads the team and is tied for third in the OAC with four victories on the mound, and also leads the team and is tied for third in the OAC with a 1.08 ERA ... Skladan is second on the team and tied for third in the OAC with 37 K's, while teammate and junior Phil Mary leads the team and ranks second in the OAC with 39 K's.

Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave.        Hits       Runs       RBIs  
1. Shenefield .397   1. Klinehoffer 33   1. Klinehoffer 24   1. Thomas 21
2. M. Burkett .393   2. Thomas 27   2. J. Burkett 15   2. Klinehoffer 19
3. Klinehoffer .384   3. Shenefield 25     Kasberg 15   3. J. Burkett 12
                          Shenefield 12 

Pitching Leaders

  Wins       ERA       Strikeouts     Saves  
1. Frey 4   1. Mohr 0.70   1. Schaller 30 1. Storer 7
2. Bye 2   2. Bye 2.05   2. Mohr 29      
  Schaller 2   3. Schaller 2.50   3. Frey 24      
  J. Burkett 2                      
  Mohr 2                      

Series Notes: Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 59-39-1 margin ... Mount Union has won four straight in the series, sweeping a double header against ONU in each of the last two seasons.

ONU head coach Gene Stechschulte: Stechschulte in his seventh season at ONU with an overall record of 146-106, a winning percentage of .579.