Powerful First Lifts Racers in Day One of the NAIA Opening Round
Damon Proctor moved to 13-0 behind his sixth complete game. (Photo by Mike Campbell)
Damon Proctor moved to 13-0 behind his sixth complete game. (Photo by Mike Campbell)
Baseball - Mon, May 15, 2017
(7)Northwestern Ohio
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Northwestern Ohio (44-10)4001000117110
MidAmerica Nazarene (35-19)010001000240
Lima, Ohio St. Rita's Complex
Northwestern OhioPitchingMidAmerica Nazarene
Damon ProctorWinner-
-Loser Emilio Gonzales
Northwestern OhioIndv. StatsMidAmerica Nazarene
#3 Jose PaulinoDoubles 2 Players (#14,#20)
NoneTriples None
#86 Junior GomezHome Runs None

LIMA, Ohio – The NAIA No. 7 University of Northwestern Ohio looked to continue making a statement on the 2016-17 baseball season as the Racers opened play on Monday afternoon during the NAIA Opening Round at their home facility of the St. Rita's Sports Complex.

UNOH (44-10) took on the MidAmerica Nazerene University (35-19) Pioneers in the finale of day one. MNU earned the shot at the top seed following an 8-3 victory over Midway University in the first contest of the day as the No. 4 seed looked to spoil the day for UNOH. However, a four-run first top of the first put UNOH, playing as the visitors, ahead early and en route to a 7-2 triumph.

The victory extends the Racers' record-setting win streak to 27 games.

The win streak was not the only record extended as Junior Gomez highlighted the first with a three-run bomb over just right of the batter's eye in deep centerfield. The home run makes him the first Racer in the program's seven-year history to hit double-digit long balls and separates him from leadoff man Kyle Fisher on the leaderboard.

Damon Proctor (13-0) also continued to impress on the mound as he remained perfect. The senior ace tossed his sixth complete game of the season as he allowed just four hits and two earned runs while striking out nine batters.

Blake Maines and Jose Paulino impressed at the dish as both players went 3-for-5 on the day. Paulino held the edge on Maines with two doubles compared to Maines' one, two runs, and a RBI.  

The Racers also showcased their speed with five stolen bases. The steals included Fisher extending his record-breaking single-season performance to a perfect 37-for-37.

UNOH returns to action on Tuesday afternoon as the Racers take on the three-seeded Hope International (Calif.) University Royals at 12:30 PM. The Royals claimed a 4-1 upset over the two-seeded Middle Georgia State University in the second game.

More information on the Lima Bracket can be found on www.UNOHRacers.com with all information regarding the Opening Round at www.NAIA.org