Baseball: Ohio Northern (8-5 Overall) at Trine (Ind.) (5-3 Overall)

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 - Jannen Field, Angola, Indiana

Preview: The Polar Bears enter Tuesday's contest winning two out of three contests in a 3-game series with Thomas More (Ky.) ... Northern was led on the weekend by sophomore Caleb Thomas ... Thomas had a combined five hits during the contests and added a double and two home runs ... The sophomore also added seven RBI ... Junior Brandon Kasberg went 3-for-5 at the plate in the first contest and added an RBI and four runs scored ... Sophomore Jake Szendry earned the victory in game one for ONU, while going seven innings and fanning three batters ... Senior Devin Carr earned the victory on the mound in game two after going 7.2 innings and striking out three batters ... Junior T.J. Storer earned his fourth save of the season in a 3-2 victory over TMC after pitching the final inning and a third and waiving two batters ... Kasberg currently leads the team with 15 hits, while Thomas, junior Dan Barna and sophomore Luke Klinehoffer each are tied for second with 14 hits ... Thomas and freshman Phil Buckingham currently lead the team with nine RBI each, while junior Jordan Bostater and Kasberg are tied for second with eight RBI ... Freshman Jack Schaller currently leads Northern on the mound with 20 K's ... Carr ranks second on the team with 12 K's and has a team-best 0.44 ERA ... The Thunder enter the contest after winning their final two contests at the RussMatt Invitational in Auburndale, Fla. ... Senior Drew Palmer currently leads the team with 15 hits this season, while junior Colton Conn ranks second on the team with 14 hits ... Palmer also leads the team at the plate in RBI (16), home runs (3), triples (3) and has a team-best batting average of .484 ... Junior Ben Wheaton leads Trine on the mound with a perfect 2-0 record and a team-best 8 K's ... Senior Vinny Slobodecki has pitched a team-best 11.0 innings and is tied for first on the team with eight strikeouts.

2017 Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave. 
Hits       Runs       RBIs  
1. Buckingham .391   1. Kasberg 15   1. Barna 
11   1. Buckingham
2. Bostater
.375   2. Thomas
14   2. Thomas
10   2.
Thomas 9
3. Barna .318
Klinehoffer 14  
Kasberg 10   3. Kasberg 
          Barna 14    

    Bostater 8

2017 Pitching Leaders

ERA       Strikeouts
1. Carr 3   1. Carr 0.44   1. Schaller 20

Maier 1   2. Szendry 2.70   2. Carr 12

Mohr 1   3. Mohr 3.00   3. Mohr  10
  Schaller 1                
  Storer 1                
  Szendry 1                

Series Notes: The Polar Bears lead the all-time series between the two schools by a 6-1 margin.

ONU head coach Gene Stechschulte: Stechschulte in his sixth season at ONU with an overall record of 119-86, a winning percentage of .580.