April 5, 2010
Lima, OH – Barons baseball won two and lost one in this past week of spring action where runs were coming in bundles! Their two wins were against ORCC foes OU Chillicothe (14 – 3) and OU Lancaster (18 – 8), and their lone loss on the week was to Clark State CC (4 – 14), this brings the Barons record to 5 & 6 overall, and 1 & 0 in ORCC play (OU Chillicothe game was a non conference game).
Leading the way for the Barons this week was Sophomore Adam Hemker, who went 5 for 8 in the three games, with 2 homeruns, 1 triple, and 1 double. Hemker is currently batting .452 on the young season with a slugging percentage of .968, leading the Barons in both statistical categories. Also having a strong week was Freshman Ryan Kortokrax, who went 5 for 9 in the three games, with 3 doubles. Kortokrax leads the Barons with 5 doubles so far this season.
On the mound, the Barons got a strong outing by Sophomore Codie Roberts, who got the win over OU Chillicothe by going 7 innings, allowing only 1 run, while striking out 7. Other contributors on the mound were Sophomore Chris Boyd, who fought through a tough 4 innings versus OU Lancaster where he gave up 7 runs, 4 earned, but still managed to earn the victory thanks in large part to big offensive output by his fellow Barons hitters. Freshman Dustin Craig appeared out of the bullpen for the Barons in both games, earning the save, his first, versus OU Lancaster as he came in with the Barons only leading by one run in the top of the 5th inning.
Some other highlights were, Codie Roberts swiped 3 bags versus OU Lancaster, Greg Patterson and Justin Dunlap both hit their first collegiate Homeruns.
Coach Ambroza was asked to comment on the week of Barons Baseball action, “We are learning a lot about ourselves every day. As I’ve mentioned before, we have a lot of youth on our roster, and with that comes a lot of optimism but sometimes that can get a little carried away. These men are learning quickly, that they have to prepare both mentally and physically for every single game. Things aren’t going to be handed to them, but if they prepare correctly we can do some great things this year!” When asked to list some strengths and weaknesses of his club, Ambroza replied “Honestly, I think our greatest weakness right now is our optimism. Our guys expect to be able to score a ton of runs at any time, and we’ve been caught recently waiting on that to happen, instead of going out and making that happen. As far as strengths go, I have to say right now it is our depth. We have several guys that are rotating in at a few spots, and a few freshman that have only started a couple games, but have been used in a pinch hit role with great success. I mean, we have two young men who have gotten probably 75% of their at bats in a pinch hit role, and they’re both hitting over .400 (Freshman Nick Bercaw, is 3 for 7 & Freshman Eric Ward, is 6 for 12).”
The Barons will be on the road on Tuesday, April 6th with a game time of 4:30pm, as they take on ORCC foe OSU Newark. They then return home to host ORCC member Miami Hamilton Wednesday, April 7th at 4:30pm in a non conference game. On Saturday, April 10th, the Barons will be on the road again as they travel to OU Zanesville for an ORCC DH starting at 1pm against the 2009 ORCC North Champion. On Sunday, the Barons will wrap up a busy week at home with a DH with OSU Mansfield, starting at 2pm.