AU's Kaido and Hilt Chosen As GLIAC Baseball "Player of the Week" and "Pitcher of the Week", respectively

AU's Kaido and Hilt Chosen As GLIAC Baseball "Player of the Week" and  "Pitcher of the Week", respectively

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Ashland University sophomore infielder Wade Kaido (Zanesville, Ohio) and senior pitcher Aaron Hilt (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) have been chosen as the GLIAC Baseball  "Player of the Week" and  "Pitcher of the Week", respectively.


GLIAC Baseball Player of the Week:
Wade Kaido

5-8, Sophomore INF
Zanesville, Ohio

Wade Kaido led the Eagles in hitting last week, batting .571 (8-for-14) with a double, triple and five RBI. Kaido compiled a .647 on-base percentage and also stole two bases on the week. Kaido was 4-for-8 in a doubleheader sweep at Lake Erie on Wednesday and was 4-for-6 against Ohio Dominican on Saturday in Ashland. His two-run single in the sixth inning of the nightcap on Saturday gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead.




Baseball Player Weekly Honor Roll:  Tommy Roush - UF; Mike Nadratowski - GV; Mike Blanchard - HC; Matt Toth - LE; Cory Colucci - NU; Matt Jurevicius - OD; Andy Orr - SV; Pat Curtin - TU; Justin DeFrancis - WS.

2012 "Players of the Week":  (3/14) Steve Anderson - GV, (3/20) Christian Prince - OD, (3/26) Chet LaFave - SV, (4/2) Evan Shaw - OD, (4/9) Wade Kaido - AU.


GLIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week:

Aaron Hilt
6-4, Senior RHP
Richmond, Ohio/Edison

Aaron Hilt was dominant in his three appearances last week, not allowing an earned run over eight innings. Hilt picked up his first two career saves at Lake Erie on Wednesday striking out all three batters he faced. On Saturday, Hilt struck out nine in a complete-game win over Ohio Dominican. He allowed no earned runs on three hits with one walk. For the week Hilt gave up three hits in eight innings striking out 12 and walking one.


Baseball Pitcher Weekly Honor Roll:  Ethan James - UF; Brad Zambron - GV; Colin Casey - HC; Logan Nordquist - LE; Blaine Paden - NU; Nick Venditti - OD; Mike Saunders - SV; Eric Klepper - TU; Alex Pierse - WS.

2012 "Pitchers of the Week":  (3/14) Cory Baker - GV, (3/20) Jordan Snider - NU, (3/26) Adam Beach - LE, (4/2) Kyle Schepel - GV, (4/9) Aaron Hilt - AU.



Ashland Eagles

The Eagles won all four games they played last week, sweeping a doubleheader on Wednesday at Lake Erie and then winning a pair of games over Ohio Dominican on Saturday in Ashland. The Eagles beat the Storm, 7-5 and 9-6. Sophomore Wade Kaido (Zanesville, Ohio) was AU’s leading hitter for the week, batting .571 (8-for-14) with a double, triple and five RBI. He also scored four runs, stole two bases and compiled a .647 on-base percentage. As a team, the Eagles hit .364 for the week and scored 7.3 runs per game. At Lake Erie, sophomore Tyler Gray (Plain City, Ohio/Jonathan Alder) hit his conference-leading seventh home run of the season. Senior right-hander Aaron Hilt (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) recorded his first two career saves at Lake Erie on Wednesday after going his first 40 career appearances without one. Hilt also struck out nine batters in a 4-2 win over Ohio Dominican on Saturday. He did not allow an earned run on three hits in the complete game. Junior right-hander Brad Thomas (Orrville, Ohio) was lights out in his start against the Panthers, allowing just one unearned run in a complete game 9-1 win. He needed just 81 pitches to get through his seven innings. The Eagles are now in a tie for second-place in the GLIAC. They host Ohio Dominican Monday in a doubleheader before welcoming Saginaw Valley State in a four-game weekend series.


Findlay Oilers

The University of Findlay baseball team is 10-17 overall on the year with a 5-11 mark in conference play.  Of those 17 losses, 9 have come by only two runs or less.  Despite their 1-0 loss against Tiffin on Wednesday, Junior Ethan James went the distance allowing only four hits and one run while striking out five.  On the season, Junior Tommy Roush is hitting .390 (30-for-77) with 10 doubles, 25 RBIs and has only struck out six times.  He has an OBP of .449.  Junior Preston Zachrich is 3-2 on the mound for the Oilers with a 2.88 ERA in 34.1 innings this season.  He has struck out 34 batters for an average of nearly 9 strikeouts per start.   



Grand Valley State Lakers

#21 Grand Valley State went 4-2 last week, including a series victory over then-GLIAC leading Saginaw Valley State on the road…Senior RHP Kyle Schepel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian) threw his first complete game of the season on Saturday against SVSU, going six innings with seven strikeouts…On Sunday, sophomore Giancarlo Brugnoni (Grosse Pointe, Mich./De La Salle) had two home runs in the final game of the series against the Cardinals, the second time in his career he has had two homers in one game…GVSU will be busy this week, competing in eight games…The Lakers will take on Hillsdale (Apr. 10) and Northwood (Apr. 11) in doubleheaders mid-week at home, then welcome Tiffin in to Allendale over the weekend (Apr. 14-15) for a pair of doubleheaders.


Hillsdale Chargers

The Hillsdale College baseball team doubled its win total from the entire 2012 season last week, going 3-3 after a 3-19 start…The Chargers split all three doubleheaders they played, starting at home Tuesday against Grand Valley State and continuing over the weekend at the University of Findlay…A total of 18 runs were scored in the four weekend games against the Oilers, signifying the strong pitching both teams received…Freshman pitcher Colin Casey picked up his second collegiate win, turning in his best effort of the season Saturday against the Oilers, allowing only three hits in six innings of work…Senior Chris Stephens had two multi-hit games last week, and hit the Chargers’ first home run of the season in the 6-4 loss to Grand Valley State Tuesday afternoon…Senior Mike Blanchard scored at least one run in four of the team’s six games last week, and has at least one hit in 11 of the last 13 games…This week, the Chargers will play two games at Grand Valley State Tuesday before starting a much-needed six-game homestand, starting with a pair against Northwood Saturday.


Lake Erie Storm

Lake Erie split a four-game series at Tiffin over the weekend to finish with a 2-4 record for the week. Three of those games against the Dragons went into extra innings. LEC has now played five extra innings games this season, posting a 3-2 mark. Saturday’s 1-0 win in the series finale was the team’s fourth record fourth shutout of the year… three Storm starting pitchers went at least six innings over the weekend, with Logan Nordquist (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Brian Kilway (0-0, 1.12) and Adam Beach (0-0, 3.00) combining for a 1.08 ERA in 23 innings with 11 strikeouts.  Nordquist tossed his first career shutout in that 1-0 game while Kilway allowed just one run in eight innings of the team’s 2-1 9-inning loss in the previous game… Doug Fox appeared in two games on the week, including four shutout innings of relief in the series opener at Tiffin… in six games, the LEC pitching staff posted a 3.94 ERA… offensively, Matt Toth batted .391 with four RBI and three steals on the week, while Jae Leeworthy (.375) and Aaron Lindgren (.333) each batted over ,300 with three RBI… Lake Erie is at Ohio Dominican on Wednesday for two games before opening a four-game series this weekend with Findlay at home.  


Northwood Timberwolves

Northwood went 2-4 last week, splitting a doubleheader at Saginaw Valley before going 1-3 at Wayne State … Northwood is now 14-11 overall, 5-9 in the GLIAC … NU is in the middle of a 12 game road swing, which will be immediately followed by 14 game home stand … Cory Colucci (Rochester, Mich./Adams) and Pat Schlenke (Novi, Mich.) led the way for the Timberwolves, each batting .421 for the week … Blaine Paden (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) tossed a complete game victory in the weekend finale at Wayne State, allowing two runs in seven innings of work … the Timberwolves will travel to Grand Valley State Wednesday before heading to Hillsdale Saturday and Sunday.


Ohio Dominican Panthers

Ohio Dominican’s baseball team scuffled last week, dropping all three contests for its longest losing skid of the 2012 season…The Panthers managed just 19 hits in 87 at bats (.218) and scored nine runs last week, while the pitching staff was touched up for 21 earned runs in the three games…Matt Jurevicius and Anthony Raschilla both had three hits for ODU last week…Raschilla is currently riding a six-game hitting streak…Nick Venditti had the best effort on the mound, allowing six hits and three runs in 5.2 innings against Ashland on Saturday, but was saddled with the loss…The Panthers have scored the third-most runs in the GLIAC (146) and are tied for second with a .303 batting average, but are eighth in both pitching (5.55 ERA) and fielding (.948).


Saginaw Valley State Cardinals

Saginaw Valley State University baseball went 2-4 last week with a split against Northwood and a 1-3 record against Grand Valley over the weekend. The Cardinals are now 12-13 overall on the season and 9-5 in the conference. The Cardinal pitching staff’s successes have continued as Mike Saunders threw a complete game, three-hit shutout in the 2-0 opener against Grand Valley on Saturday. Saunders has the second best ERA in the conference at 1.59, while teammate Carson Beauchaine is third in the GLIAC at 1.73. As a team, SVSU has the best earned run average (2.97) in GLIAC play so far this season. The SVSU offense is led by Brandon Schwanz who is third in the GLIAC batting .433 on the year from the dish with 14 runs scored. Kyle O’Boyle is also having success at the plate to the tune of a .319 batting average with a team-high 15 runs and 15 RBI. First baseman Mike VanAlst has driven home 14 Cardinals this season and is hitting .315 on the season, while Chet LaFave is batting .391 with 11 RBI. Saginaw Valley will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Alma before continuing GLIAC play on the road this week at Wayne State and Ashland.



Tiffin Dragons

The 5-0 win over Ohio Dominican (March 24) was the 600th in school history … Pat Curtin had his 200th career hit vs. Lake Erie (April 7) joining Phil Sabataka (2000-03) and Ty Blake (2007-10) in that group … Pat Curtin holds the school record for putouts in a career with 844 … Val Helldobler needs six assists to become the first Dragon to record 400 in a career … The 2-1 win over Lake Erie on April 7 was the 430th career win for head coach Lonny Allen.



Wayne State Warriors

Wayne State took three out of four games against Northwood last week to take sole possession of first place in the GLIAC with a 10-4 conference record.  Saginaw Valley State, one of three teams tied for second at 9-5, will face WSU in a doubleheader Wednesday in Detroit.  Leading the Warriors in the Northwood series was Justin DeFrancis, who was 7-for-12 with eight runs scored, a .917 slugging percentage and a .706 on-base percentage.  Brad Guenther had six hits in the series, and Alex Trojan drove in a team-best seven runs while extending his hitting streak to a career-long 17 games.  Alex Pierse threw five shutout innings in a win Saturday, and Josh Wedesky improved to 4-1 on the year.  Wayne State will travel to Ohio Dominican for a four-game series this weekend.

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