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BW Baseball Falls at Division I Dayton, 12-9

Brad Gugliotta
Brad Gugliotta

DAYTON, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team fell at host and NCAA Division I the University of Dayton today, 12-9, on Woerner Field at Time Warner Cable Stadium. BW Head Coach Brian Harrison was an assistant coach at UD before coming to Berea.

With its loss, the Yellow Jackets are now 10-7 overall and Dayton is 8-14 overall.

The Flyers gained an early two-run advantage after the first inning, 2-0, while both teams scored a pair of runs in the third inning to make the score 4-2.  BW tallied a run in the top of the fourth inning to cut the Dayton lead in half, 4-3, but the Flyers scored one run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to gain the 8-3 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets came back in the top half of the eighth inning by scoring six runs of their own to take the 9-8 lead.  Then in the bottom half of the eighth inning, Dayton senior Ryan Berry hit a grand slam with one out to secure the victory for the Flyers, 12-9.

At the plate, senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC third baseman Brad Gugliotta (Twinsburg) led the Yellow Jacket offense as he batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two runs batted in and two walks.

Sophomore first-baseman Hunter Handel (Akron/Green) went 3-for-5 with a scored run and three runs batted in.

Also for BW, junior outfielders Alex Green (Pickerington/North) and Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) each had two hits.

On the mound, junior right-hander Brian Taricska (Bay Village/Bay) received his second start of the season and pitched two and one-thirds innings with four earned runs on three hits, one strikeout and three walks.

In relief, senior left-handed pitcher Cory Durbin (Canton/GlenOak) made his sixth appearance on the season with three and two-thirds innings of work and allowed only one earned run on four hits, three strikeouts and one walk.

Durbin was followed on the mound by senior right-hander Cory Waite (Willoughby/South) who allowed two earned runs and one hit in one-third of an inning.

After Waite, senior Dylan Fodor (Twinsburg) and sophomore Matt Wittels (Lyndhurst/Brush) combined to pitch two-thirds of an inning to finish off the bottom of the sixth inning and gave up only one unearned run, a hit and a walk.

In as the closer, sophomore right-hander Brandon Cichocki (Walled Lake, Mich./Central) pitched the eighth inning for the Yellow Jackets and gave up four earned runs on four hits and three strikeouts to take the loss.  Cichocki is now 0-1 on the season.

BW returns to rugged Ohio Athletic Conference play this Saturday, March 29 when it travels to Marietta, Ohio for an OAC doubleheader against 11th-ranked Marietta College at Pioneer Park at 1:00 p.m.  

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