UNOH Claims Outright WHAC Regular Season Championship
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UNOH - Fri, Apr. 28, 2017
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LIMA, Ohio – For the second time in the program's short history, the University of Northwestern Ohio baseball team has been crowned the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion.

The NAIA No. 8 Racers (39-10, 28-1 WHAC) secured at least a share of the title with a massive 14-2 victory over Marygrove College (6-33, 5-24 WHAC) in the first game of Saturday's unique tripleheader. However, the celebration was saved for the conclusion of the second contest as UNOH secured the outright championship and the first WHAC automatic bid to the NAIA Opening Round with a 10-0 shutout.

The third and final game made the day even sweeter as UNOH posted its second consecutive 10-0 triumph.

Jeff Cardenas' performance at the plate highlighted the Racers' offense on the day as the senior shortstop became the program's single-season record holder for most hits with 78. He started the day two shy of the 75-hit mark set by three different Racers, but his 3-for-4 performance in game one broke it before adding a pair to extend it over the next two contests.

The record-breaker was a two-out, two-RBI double which scored Felix Correa and Carlos Baerga, Jr.

UNOH overpowered the Mustangs at the plate with 34 runs off of 28 hits compared to MG's eight total hits and two runs. The Racers tallied five doubles, two triples, and four home runs on the day while stealing 16 total bases.

Blake Maines was a long ball shy of the cycle in the opener while Kyle Fisher ripped a pair of homers, including a slump-breaking grand slam, in the finale. Jonathan Rodriguez and Cardenas provided the other two bombs in the first and second games, respectively.

A pair of steals by Fisher moved him to a perfect 34-for-34 on the base paths. Prior to the weekend series, he held a comfortable 14-steal lead over Madonna University's Jalen Thomas in second with 18.

Damon Proctor (11-0), Kyle Thomas (9-1), and Mike Alexander (8-2) held strong as the 1-2-3 punch for as the trio of starting pitchers earning victories on the day. Proctor pitched all seven innings of the opener, surrendering two earned runs off of three hits and two UNOH errors while recording eight strikeouts. A dominant two-hit, one-walk, and 11-strikeout complete game performance by Thomas followed in the middle game. Alexander wrapped it up with a 6.0 inning start by recording nine strikeouts and allowing only three hits and a walk. Austin Gridley threw an inning of perfect relief to close out the day.

All three games were scheduled as seven innings with no run rules enforced.

UNOH's first WHAC Regular Season Championship came two seasons ago as the 2015 Racers went 45-15 overall and 28-5 in conference play, edging Davenport University by one game.

The final regular season series is scheduled as a three-game set against Siena Heights University from the St. Rita's Sports Complex. Stay tuned to UNOHRacers.com for updated information on the dates and times for each game, including Senior Day.