LIMA - The University of Northwestern Ohio baseball team went on an offensive binge in a doubleheader Wednesday against Lourdes University, beating the Gray Wolves 16-6 in a run-rule game and 10-0 in the night cap. The Racers totaled 23 hits, 14 walks and only two strikeouts in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference matchup.
With the sweep, the Racers are now 25-18 overall and 10-10 in the conference. They're in fifth place, one ahead of their next opponent, Concordia University, and five out of first place.
Four players had two hits apiece in the first game - Fabian Placencia (2-for-2, three runs); Ben Schubert (2-for-2, two runs, three RBIs); Dylan Brammer (2-for-4, two runs, two RBIs); and Jordan Crowell (2-for-4, one run, four RBIs).
The Racers led just 4-3 after 4 ½ innings, but they scored 12 runs in the fifth and sixth innings. And after the Gray Wolves (8-36, 1-19 WHAC) scored only three in the top of the seventh, the game was ended in a run rule.
Austin Park came on in relief and picked up the win. He threw three innings, allowing two hits and no runs with no walks and three strikeouts.
Northwestern Ohio led 3-0 after two innings in the second game and put a stamp on the contest with five in the fourth. Cesar Loiz had the big hit of the inning, a two-out single which scored C.J. Hernandez and Crowell.
Pichi Torres got the start and earned the win, throwing five scoreless innings with three hits and one walk against six strikeouts. Ryan Staton pitched a scoreless, hitless sixth inning, and Zachary Petrick pitched the seventh, striking out the side.
The Racers host Concordia in a weekend doubleheader at Racers Field. Games on Saturday and Sunday start at 1 p.m.