Pitching dominates as Quakers take two from Otterbein
Justus, Vinkovich toss gems in sweep
April 11, 2012
Hunter Justus fired a complete-game five-hitter in Wilmington's win over Otterbein.
Shutdown pitching, solid defense and timely hitting led Wilmington College to a sweep of Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Tewksbury-Delaney Field Wednesday afternoon.
Hunter Justus fired a complete-game five-hitter as Wilmington took the opener, 3-1. Jake Vinkvoich allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings in game two as the Quakers finished the sweep with a 2-1 win.
Wilmington is now 3-5 in the OAC, 6-15 overall. Otterbein drops to 3-5 in the conference, 16-12 for the season.
“That was a big sweep for us,” Wilmington head coach Tony Haley said. “We tell our kids that if you get good pitching and defense, you can win a lot of games. The pitching is the difference. We threw a lot of strikes and our defense was ready to play behind them.”
Justus (Circleville/Logan Elm) was dominating in picking up his second straight win. The junior fanned three, walked two and gave up one unearned run in going the distance. In the field, Brett McEvoy (Pickerington/Pickerington North) threw out a would-be base stealer to kill an Otterbein rally in the third inning and the Quakers turned a double play in the fifth.
“Hunter was just outstanding today. He pounded the zone and threw strikes. Our defense played well behind him, too,” Haley said.
Wilmington scored all of its runs in the third inning. Base hits from McEvoy and Xavier Jordan (Springfield/Shawnee) set the stage for the game-changing play. Brandon Arehart (Wilmington) singled to center field to score McEvoy. On the play, two errors allowed Jordan and Arehart to also score.
Otterbein cut the deficit to 3-1 in the sixth and put two runners on in the seventh. Justus closed the deal to raise his record to 2-3.
In game two, Wilmington scored twice in the fourth inning, thanks to an Otterbein error and an RBI triple from Cameron Schwalbach (Circleville).
Vinkovich took of business from there, retiring 12 straight until the Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. Luke Teeters (Waverly) was summoned from the bullpen and wiggled off the hook after hitting the first batter he faced.
“Vink was tough. When you play nine innings, you’re just hoping that your starter gives you six or seven, and he goes 8 2/3. He was in command all day. Luke came in and got the big last out,” Haley said.
Justus and Schwalbach had two hits apiece for the Quakers, who totaled seven.
McEvoy snuffed out two more Otterbein stolen base attempts.
“This wins mean a lot to this team. We are home again Saturday with Baldwin-Wallace. Hopefully, they can just carry it on,” Haley said.