BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team and seventh-year Head Coach Brian Harrison are ready to make a run at the Ohio Athletic Conference title in 2017.
Harrison returns 13 lettermen from last year's team who finished with a 23-20 overall record, 13-5 in the Ohio Athletic Conference and advanced to the OAC Tournament championship game. Harrison and his staff brought in a talented group of freshmen along with one transfer that look to contribute this season.
BW returns pitchers in junior American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Mideast Regional and All-OAC pitcher Evan Lovick (Mentor), senior Logan Heffernan (Lebanon) and sophomore Brandon Lekan (Strongsville). Lovich led the team a season ago as he pitched 51.1 inning, had a team-best earned runs average (ERA) of 1.58 and finished the year with a 3-1 record. Heffernan pitched 29.2 innings a season ago and finished the year with a 4.85 ERA and a 2-0 record. Lekan pitched 26 innings and tallied 24 strikeouts.
In the infield the Yellow Jackets return senior All-OAC second baseman Cole Nieto (Brunswick/St. Ignatius), junior third baseman Spencer Badia (Bellaire) and senior shortstop Steve Montgomery (Caton/Central Catholic). Nieto played in all 42 games, batted .284, hit 13 doubles and recorded 70 putouts a season ago. Last year, Badia started in all 42 games, batted .292, drove in 21 runs and finished with a fielding percentage of .921. Montgomery appeared in 35 games, finished the year with .283 and recorded 57 putouts last season.
BW returns two outfielders junior left fielder Alex Marcum (Granville) and sophomore right fielder Reese Albright (North Royalton). Last season, Marcum batted .264 with 10 doubles and had a fielding percentage of .938. Albright played in 41 games and was second on the team with a .325 batting average a season ago.
Behind the plate, junior catcher Trent Kaltenbach (Plain City/Jonathan Alder) started in 38 games a season ago, finished the year with a fielding percentage of .983 and batted .222. In addition to playing in left field, Marcum also served as a backup catcher.
The Yellow Jackets open the season on Saturday and Sunday February 18 and 19 when they travel to Indianapolis for two non-conference games against Anderson (Ind.) College at Bishop Chartard High School at 1 p.m.
May 23, 2017 Nieto and Lovick Earn All-Mideast Region Honors
May 22, 2017 Seven Baseball Players Earn Academic All-OAC Honors
May 15, 2017 Seven Baseball Players Earn All-OAC Honors
April 30, 2017 Baseball Sweeps Muskingum on Seniors’ and Parents’ Day
April 26, 2017 Wells Hits Walk-Off to Lift Baseball Past No. 5 Wooster
April 22, 2017 Baseball Splits OAC Doubleheader at Capital
April 21, 2017 Baseball Sweeps Ohio Northern in OAC Doubleheader
April 19, 2017 Spencer Badia is the Epitome of a Student-Athlete
April 17, 2017 Marcum Earns Second OAC Hitter of the Week Honor
April 14, 2017 Baseball Sweeps Wilmington in OAC Action
April 11, 2017 Baseball Drops a Pair of OAC Games at Heidelberg
April 9, 2017 Baseball Splits a Pair of OAC Games with Marietta
April 4, 2017 Baseball Falls to Allegheny (Pa.) in Non-Conference Play
March 28, 2017 Baseball Defeats La Roche (Pa.) in Comeback Fashion
March 27, 2017 Marcum Garners First OAC Hitter of the Week Accolade
March 23, 2017 Baseball Drops Non-Conference Game at La Roche (Pa.)
March 21, 2017 Baseball Wins Home Opener Versus Ohio Wesleyan
March 11, 2017 No. 24 Baseball Team Ends Successful Trip to Florida
March 6, 2017 Baseball Falls to Wheaton (Ill.) at Snowbird Classic
February 27, 2017 Heffernan and Nieto Named OAC Baseball Players of the Week
February 26, 2017 Nieto Hits for Cycle during Baseball Sweep of Pitt-Bradford (Pa.)
February 25, 2017 Baseball Defeats Juniata (Pa.) in Non-Conference Action
February 19, 2017 Baseball Sweeps Weekend Series Against Anderson (Ind.)
February 17, 2017 Baseball Ready to Make a Run at OAC Title in 2017
February 16, 2017 Baseball Announces 2017 Schedule