Baseball: Ohio Northern (19-15 Overall, 9-7 OAC) at Wright St.-Lake (18-10 Overall); Wilmington (7-28 Overall, 3-13 OAC)

Baseball: Ohio Northern (19-15 Overall, 9-7 OAC) at Wright St.-Lake (18-10 Overall); Wilmington (7-28 Overall, 3-13 OAC)

Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 p.m. — Montgomery Field, Celina, Ohio
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1 p.m. — Tewksbury-Delaney Field, Wilmington, Ohio

This Weekend's Preview: The Ohio Northern baseball program heads out for a three-game road trip during the final weekend of the 2019 regular season with a single game at USCAA foe Wright St.-Lake and an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Wilmington ... Friday's nonconference game begins at 5 p.m at Montgomery Field in Celina ... Meanwhile, the critical OAC showdown with the Quakers is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch at Tewksbury-Delaney Field in Wilmington ... The Polar Bears enter the contests owning a 19-15 overall record and a 9-7 conference mark ... ONU currently stands fourth in the OAC standings, needing just one win over the Quakers to clinch its second consecutive OAC Tournament berth ... The Polar Bears are coming off a 3-5, 3-0 split against Muskingum at Wander Field on Senior Day ... Sophomore infielder Michael Rocco led the offensive charge in game one, finishing three-for-four with an RBI ... Junior Phil Buckingham helped guide the offense in game two with a three-for-three performance ... In game two, junior pitcher Nate Bye tossed a five-hit complete game shutout on just 84 total pitches ... For his efforts, he was named the OAC Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career ... Through 34 games, Rocco leads the Polar Bears and stands second in the league with a .415 batting average ... He also leads the team with 23 RBI and 12 stolen bases ... Sophomore Matthew Burkett ranks second on the team with a .342 average and ties for third with 40 hits ... Senior Luke Klinehoffer tops Ohio Northern with 50 hits and 28 runs scored while ranking third in batting average (.338) and RBI (21) ... He needs just one more career double to tie the program record while also ranking third all-time in hits with 184 ... Junior pitcher Jack Schaller leads Ohio Northern and is tied for third in the league with five wins ... Bye bests the team with 35 strikeouts and sits second on the team with four wins, having won his last three starts ... Wright-St.-Lake enters the contest sporting an 18-10 overall record ... The Lakers are coming off 13-12 and 8-1 losses to NCAA Division II institution Oakland City last Sunday ... Junior catcher Stephen Hoendorf paces the team with a .406 batting average and three home runs ... On the mound, sophomore Lucas Sheriff and freshman Cross Youtsler lead the team with four wins each ... Wilmington currently stands at 7-28 on the season and 3-13 in the OAC ... The Quakers are fresh off a 13-4 loss to Miami-Hamilton on Wednesday ... Senior Gage Bley paces the squad with a .384 batting average, 21 extra-base hits, 32 RBI, and 56 total hits this season ... Senior Jared Ferenchak and junior Lance Fleischman lead the team with two wins each.

Ohio Northern Batting Leaders:

  Batting Ave.        Hits       Runs       RBIs  
1. Rocco .415   1. Klinehoffer 50   1. Klinehoffer 28   1. Rocco 23
2. Burkett .342   2. Rocco 49   2. P.Buckingham 24   2. Thomas 22
3. Klinehoffer .338   3. P. Buckinham 40   3. Rocco 23   3. Klinehoffer 21
          Burkett 40                

Ohio Northern Pitching Leaders:

  Wins       ERA (Min. 20 Inn.)       Strikeouts       Saves  
1. Schaller 5   1. Buda 1.03   1. Bye 35   1. Fisher 2
2. Bye 4   2.  Schaller 2.48   2. Mohr 23     Mohr
3. Wagner 3   3.  Bye 2.80   3. Lester 22   3.  3 Tied W/ 1

All-Time Series Notes: Friday's matchup with Wright St.-Lake will be the first meeting all-time between the two institutions ... The Polar Bears currently own a 29-23 all-time series advantage over the Quakers ... Wilmington has won the previous three matchups, including an 8-6, 11-3 sweep last season.

ONU Head Coach Gene Stechschulte: Stechschulte is in his eighth season leading the Ohio Northern baseball program with a 178-130 record, a .578 win percentage.