Baseball: Ohio Northern (19-8 Overall, 7-3 OAC) at Otterbein (19-8 Overall, 7-3 OAC)

Baseball: Ohio Northern (19-8 Overall, 7-3 OAC) at Otterbein (19-8 Overall, 7-3 OAC)

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 - 1 p.m. - Fishbaugh Field, Westerville, Ohio

Wednesday's Preview: The Ohio Northern baseball team enters Wednesday afternoon's pivotal Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Otterbein after splitting with John Carroll on Friday ... The Polar Bears are currently tied with Otterbein for second place in the OAC standings ... Northern received votes in the most recent American Baseball Coaches Association released on Tuesday afternoon ... The Polar Bears appeared in the poll for the first time since the 2016 season ... Through 27 games this season, senior Hayden Shenefield and junior Luke Klinehoffer lead the team and are tied for first in the OAC, hitting .407 at the plate ... Junior Caleb Thomas currently leads the team and is tied for sixth in the OAC with 28 RBI ... Thomas also leads the team and is tied for sixth in the OAC with four home runs ... Klinehoffer's 48 hits currently lead the team and OAC ... Shenefield is second on the team with 37 hits this season ... On the bump this season, sophomore Josh Mohr leads the team and OAC with a 1.40 ERA, while sophomore Scott Beaton is second on the team and fifth in the OAC with a 2.35 ERA ... Junior Austin Frey owns a perfect 5-0 record on the mound and is tied for second in the OAC with five victories ... Senior All-American T.J. Storer currently leads the OAC with eight saves ... Otterbein enters the contest riding a six game winning streak, including a double header sweep at Capital ... Through 27 games, junior Ben Beachy leads the team and ranks third in the OAC batting average (.406), RBI (31) and hits (41) ... Freshman Luke Barber ranks second on the team and is tied for fifth in the OAC with 38 hits ... Defensively senior Stevie Yuran leads the team and ranks second in the OAC with a 1.85 ERA ... Senior Craig Prince leads the team and is tied for fourth in the OAC with 45 strikeouts.

Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave.        Hits       Runs       RBIs  
1. Shenefield .407   1. Klinehoffer 48   1. Klinehoffer 35   1. Thomas 28
  Klinehoffer .407   2. Shenefield 37   2. Kasberg 21   2. Klinehoffer 23
3. Kasberg .344   3.  Thomas 35   3. J. Burkett 20   3. J. Burkett 18

Pitching Leaders

  Wins       ERA       Strikeouts     Saves  
1. Frey 5   1. Mohr 1.40   1. Mohr 38 1. Storer 8
2. Mohr 4   2. Beaton 2.35   2. Schaller 32 2.  Beaton
3. Bye 3   3. Bye 2.67   3. Frey 28      

Series Notes: Otterbein leads the all-time series by a 56-46 margin ... Otterbein swept the series last season, while ONU swept the series in 2016 ... The series is tied 6-6 since the 2012 season.

ONU head coach Gene Stechschulte: Stechschulte in his seventh season at ONU with an overall record of 151-108, a winning percentage of .583.