Baseball: Ohio Northern (21-17 Overall, 7-9 OAC) at Marietta (19-15 Overall, 12-4 OAC)

Satuday, May 6, 2017, 1 p.m. - Don Schlay Stadium, Marietta, Ohio

Preview: Ohio Northern enters Saturday's regular season and Ohio Athletic Conference season finale after defeating non-conference foe Ohio Wesleyan 15-3 on Wednesday evening at the Lima OSU Baseball Field ... Sophomore Luke Klinehoffer led the way for Northern offensively as he went 2-for-4 at the plate, including his first career grand slam, and added four RBI and three runs scored ... Sophomore Austin Frey picked up his third victory of the season on the mound as he went five innings and allowed only three hits, while striking out a game-high seven batters ... Junior Preseason All-American closer T.J. Storer entered the contest late in game to slam the door and earn his NCAA-leading 14th save of the season ... With the victory, Northern clinched its fourth consecutive winning season ... Through 38 games this season, Klinehoffer leads the team with 44 hits, while junior Jordan Bostater ranks second on the team with 42 hits, and junior Brandon Kasberg ranks third with 41 hits ... Klinehoffer also leads the team with 16 doubles, while Bostater has a team-best .331 batting average ... Bostater also ranks first on the team with 25 RBI, while freshman Phil Buckingham ranks second on the team with 22 RBI ... Senior Devin Carr and freshman Jack Schaller are each tied for first on the team with four victories on the pitchers bump this season ... Schaller currently owns a team-best 42 K's, while freshman Josh Mohr ranks second on the squad with 35 K's and Carr is third with 31 K's ... Along with his 14 saves, Storer also ranks first on the team with a 1.69 ERA ... Marietta enters the contest after splitting a double header with OAC-foe John Carroll ... Senor Eric White currently leads the team with 46 hits, while sophomore Greg Peffley ranks second on the team with 41 hits ... The duo ranks second and third on the team in RBI, while sophomore Mike Hale ranks first on the team with 24 RBI ... Junior Connor Golden ranks first on the team with a .330 BA ... Junior standout David Stover leads the pitching staff and is tied for third in the OAC with six victories this season ... Stover also leads the team and is tied for third in the OAC with four saves ... Senior Tyler Nieberding currently ranks first on the team with 33 strikeouts.

2017 Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave. 
   
Hits       Runs       RBIs  
1. Bostater
.331   1. Klinehoffer
44   1. Kasberg 
28   1. Bostater
25
2. Buckingham
.309   2. Bostater
42   2. Thomas
27
2.
Buckingham
22
3. Klinehoffer .297
  3. Kasberg
41

Klinehoffer 27   3. Shenefield
21

2017 Pitching Leaders

  Wins
   
ERA       Strikeouts
    Saves  
1. Carr 4   1. Storer 1.69   1. Schaller 42 1. Storer 14

Schaller
4   2. Szendrey
2.84   2. Mohr
35      
3. Mohr
3   3. Mohr 3.00   3. Carr 31      
  Frey 3             Frey 31      

Series Notes: Marietta leads the all-time series by a 75-18 margin ... Northern swept Marietta on Senior Day in 2016 and has won three of the last four meetinfs between the two schools.

ONU head coach Gene Stechschulte: Stechschulte in his sixth season at ONU with an overall record of 132-98, a winning percentage of .574.