Lima, OH – Barons baseball won 2 and lost 2 this past week as they matched up against Rochester College (W-9 & L-8), OSU Newark (W-0 & L-0), and Clark State (W-16 & L-5) while having honored guest, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, throw out the first pitch before the April 1st game versus OSU Newark. “Having someone of Dr. Gee’s stature, come out and throw the first pitch for one of our games is remarkable. It was a great opportunity for the young men playing baseball here, one I’m sure they will never forget,” said Coach Ambroza about Gee’s visit.
While, the week was likely highlighted by Dr. Gee’s visit, it started off with a memorable event of another matter. Wednesday’s loss to Rochester College was one of those odd games that seem to only happen when you play college baseball in the state of Ohio as the Barons fell to the Warriors of Rochester College, 4 to 8. The highlight of the game was likely the 90 minute snow delay that saw both teams competing in not baseball, but alternative ways of entertainment ranging from tic-tac-toe to professional wrestling imitations. Other action on the field, baseball for instance, saw Rochester build a quick 8 to 0 lead through 4 innings. Then, after the long snow delay, and now playing with snow on the grass and foul lines helped by brooming off snow, the Barons finally started to get their offense rolling. However, despite out hitting the Warriors, the Barons ended up leaving too many men on the bases and fell 8 to 4. “We just didn’t seem to be ready to play early on. Poor defensive play led to several runs, which turned out to be too high of a climb for us. We just have to learn that we have to play great baseball for an entire game, especially against an opponent of Rochester’s caliber,” replied Coach Ambroza about the loss to Rochester College. “I was pleased however by our effort after the long delay that took place while also staring at an 8 run deficit.”
Friday brought in the first Ohio Regional Campus Conference opponent of the year, in a non-conference matchup with OSU Newark. Also, the highly anticipated visit of Dr. E. Gordon Gee! Dr. Gee was sure to wish both teams luck and was also heard saying “Ohio State will definitely be a winner today.” Obviously that was not a tough prediction with both schools being Ohio State institutions. After the pre game festivities had been completed the Barons were up and ready jumping out to an early lead and continuously built on that lead scoring in 6 of the 7 innings to claim a 12 to 2 victory shortened due to the 10 run rule. The Barons were led offensively this day by freshman shortstop David Spearman who was just a double short of hitting for the cycle and sophomore Tyler Slonecker who had 2 doubles. Sophomore, Cory Echols got the win on the mound going 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs. “We got our first win today. It’s taken us much longer than we had hoped to get this feeling, but now that we know what it’s like, and what we’re capable of I expect us to build on this,” said Coach Ambroza
On Sunday the Barons faced Clark State for their 2nd doubleheader with the Eagles this season after losing their first 2 games of the season to them 2 weeks ago. This day the Barons managed a split by losing the first game 10 to 6 and then winning the nightcap 13 to 1. “We knew after the win on Friday what we were capable of, however because of some poorly judged balls in the wind by our outfield we dug ourselves a hole we just couldn’t climb out of. We finished that game strong, never giving in and carried that momentum with us in to the 2nd game which is obvious by the outcome. I mean, every guy stepped it up that second game. Michael (Allen) threw a great game, one hitter I believe, our defense was solid, and 1 through 9 was swinging a good bat! That’s the kind of baseball we expect to play!” Said an excited Coach Ambroza.
The Barons upcoming games are a home contest versus OU Lancaster on Tuesday, 4/5/11 starting at 4pm, on the road Thursday, 4/7/11 for a 6pm ORCC game at Miami Hamilton, back home Saturday, 4/9/11 for a 1pm ORCC doubleheader with OU Chillicothe, and then back on the road again Sunday, 4/10/11 for a 1pm game with OSU Newark.
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