The John Carroll University baseball team entered their doubleheader against Ohio Northern University on Sunday, April 3, on the heels of a three-game losing stretch.
That losing streak was wiped out as JCU’s offense exploded in a 13-3 game one victory over ONU, followed immediately by a second victory, this time 2-0, over the Polar Bears.
Game one was highlighted by a seven-run third inning from the Blue Streaks.
The big inning was catalyzed by a two-run double by senior Rob Cifelli, as he knocked in junior James Molnar and freshman Dominic Mittiga to give JCU the 2-1 lead. Just a few batters later, sophomore Monroe Donnelly smacked a double of his own, scoring three JCU runners.
The Blue Streaks would add one more in the third to take a 7-1 lead into the fourth.
Despite a couple of runs allowed in the seventh inning, ONU’s rally proved too little, too late, as JCU extended their lead over the final five innings, ultimately winning the opening contest, 13-3.
Game two was much more of a pitchers duel, as senior Brandon Maddern took to mound for the Blue Streaks.
The southpaw struck out 11 batters over 7.2 innings pitched, allowing just three hits and no runs allowed.
A solo home-run off the bat of JCU sophomore Mike Raschilla in the second inning proved to be difference for the Blue Streaks. An insurance run courtesy of Donnelly in the sixth gave JCU some extra breathing room as the Blue Streaks won game two, 2-0.
JCU played their third game in three days when Case Western Reserve University came to University Heights, Ohio for an afternoon battle on Tuesday, April 5.
Unfortunately for the Blue Streaks, the Spartans’ bats were on fire, as CWRU lit up the scoreboard for 15 runs, defeating JCU by a final tally of 15-3.
Despite the loss, there were a few bright spots for the Blue Streaks.
RBIs off the bats of senior David Crowley and freshman Dominic Mittiga, along with Cifelli, were the lone scoring plays for JCU on the day.
Heading into Thursday’s matchup, the Blue Streaks sit at 8-12 overall, with a 2-2 record against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents. JCU is still in search of their first victory of the season at home as they are currently 0-2 on the season at Schweickert Field in University Heights, Ohio.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University baseball team returned to action on Thursday, April 7, against Ohio Wesleyan University in University Heights, Ohio. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.