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No. 8 Baseball Notches Two OAC Wins Over Capital

Ryan Guggenheim (photo courtesy of Anna Haberstro '24)
Ryan Guggenheim (photo courtesy of Anna Haberstro '24)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 nationally-ranked Baldwin Wallace University baseball team faced Capital University in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader on Clowson Field. The Yellow Jackets' (19-4, 5-1 OAC) big hitting surged them past the Comets (7-17, 0-6 OAC) for two big team wins, 17-4 and 13-4.

Game 1 was led by senior All-OAC right fielder Drew Wilson (Sagamore Hills/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) as he went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Senior left fielder Bijan Kamalipour (Frisco, Texas/Jesuit College Preparatory School) also hit a three-run bomb over left field and added another run in the game.

Scoring Plays

  • BW tallied a run in both the first and the second inning on a sacrifice fly ball by senior All-Mideast Region shortstop Alex Ludwick (Brunswick/Padua Franciscan) and an RBI single by junior third baseman Chris Viamonte (Naples, Fla./Lely)
  • The Yellow Jackets tallied another run on an error by Capital, making it 3-0 BW in the top of the sixth
  • The Comets scored two in response in the bottom, closing the gap to just one run
  • Capital tied the game at 3-3 on a sacrifice fly to centerfield
  • An RBI single by freshman infielder Sean Kolenich (Parma/St. Edward) earned BW the lead in the top of the eighth
  • Another RBI single, this time by Wilson, and the three-run homerun by Kamalipour opened an 8-3 advantage over the Comets
  • Capital earned one run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single to left field
  • The Yellow Jackets notched nine runs in the top of the ninth highlighted by a two-run single by junior pinch hitter Andrew Parker (Toledo/Toledo Central Catholic), an RBI single by Ludwick, and a two-run double to left field by junior All-OAC first baseman Luke Vonderhaar (New Bremen), making it 17-4 BW
  • The Comets were scoreless in the bottom of the ninth as the Yellow Jackets went on to claim the big 17-4 victory

On the Mound

  • Junior right hander Dawson Gabe (Lawrence, Ind.) started on the mound, throwing five innings, allowing no earned runs, and posted four strikeouts
  • Senior right hander Maxwell Cebulak (Oakmont, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) relieved, pitching one inning, allowing no earned runs and struck out one batter
  • Junior right hander Matt Sabin (Mentor) earned the win (1-0), pitching two innings, allowing one run, and tallied three strikeouts
  • Freshman right hander Kade Swisher (Berea/Berea-Midpark) closed for BW and earned one strikeout

Game 2 was led by junior utility player Ryan Guggenheim (Solon) as he went 2-6 with three RBIs and two runs. Kamalipour went 2-4 in game two with two RBIs and two runs while senior pitcher Steve Spidell (Mount Eaton/Waynedale) earned the win on the mound pitching 4.1 scoreless and hitless innings.

Scoring Plays

  • BW got the 2-0 jump on the Comets on RBI doubles from Ludwick and Kolenich
  • In the top of the second, BW went up 5-0 on three RBI singles hit by Guggenheim, Ludwick, and Vonderhaar
  • A two-run single and a couple wild pitches highlights a four-run inning for Comets, closing the BW lead to just one run (5-4)
  • An RBI single by Parker to score Kamalipour put the Yellow Jackets up two in the third
  • BW scored seven runs in the top of the seventh highlighted by an RBI single by junior centerfielder Vincent Capolupo (Kenmore, N.Y./St. Joseph's Collegiate), a two-run single by Guggenheim, and RBI double by Kolenich, and a two-run single by Kamalipour
  • Capital was held scoreless in the seventh and the eighth as BW earned the shortened 8-inning win over the Comets, 13-4 

On the Mound

  • Junior right hander Aidan Bennett (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) started on the mound, throwing 1.2 innings and allowed four runs and struck out one
  • Right hander Spidell relieved and earned the win (2-0), pitching 4.1 innings and allowed no runs on no hits, and tallied five strikeouts
  • Junior right hander Ethan Boyko (North Royalton) threw the last two innings, allowing no runs on one hit and earned a strikeout

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Tuesday, April 12 as they remain on the road to face the Heidelberg University Student Princes in another OAC doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 1:00 p.m. in Peaceful Valley.