Just 11 days ago, Otterbein was in danger of missing the postseason. Fast forward to Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field, and the Cardinals completed a memorable rally to claim the program's seventh Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament crown.
Otterbein, with a sweep of Marietta gives their skipper his 500th win and a seat at the table and a chance to play their way into the postseason Sunday afternoon at Don Schaly Stadium against host Marietta College.
The Adrian Regional has an air of uncertainty about it this year despite having several Mideast mainstays in the 8-team field set to compete in Michigan, as well as a distinct air of familiarity and echoes of past battles.
The Cardinals overcome an opening loss to blow out 25th-ranked Marietta, 14-1, in the rematch of Saturday's doubleheader and secure their second OAC regular-season crown in the past three years. Johnny Putnam allows just one run in seven innings while Ben Beachy hits 5 for 8 in the two games.
Franklin erases a 14-3 lead, but Otterbein eventually hangs on to escape with a wild 19-18 victory Wednesday at No. 14-ranked Franklin behind a tenth-inning homer from senior Pat Birrer. Classmate Bryan Stopar tallies seven RBI as Cards improve to 27-10.
The Cardinals get quality starts from seniors Craig Prince and Stevie Yuran, followed by a pair of saves from Collin Hoffman en route to 4-3 and 8-5 results in another key OAC doubleheader at John Carroll. Otterbein now 23-9 overall and 11-3 atop the league standings.
Grove City won on the narrowest margins with a four run ninth to win a PAC tournament game. GCC with will play walkoff winner, Washington and Jefferson, in a winners bracket final. In the OAC, no comebacks were available as both Mount Union and Otterbein shut out their opponents.
Junior Pat Birrer of Otterbein and senior Caleb Boushley of UW-La Crosse gained National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division III Hitter and Pitcher of Week accolades for the period of May 1-7.
Belhaven, Trinity (Texas) and University of Dallas all put up double digit runs, setting records in the process. Johns Hopkins, Gettysburg, and Otterbein also crossed the plate often as they easily won their Tuesday matchups.
Late Wednesday and into early Thursday morning, Luther earned two wins over previous unbeaten Carleton at U.S. Bank Stadium. Otterbein and Capital continued to find success in Florida as the Cardinals stay unbeaten and the Crusaders move to 6-1.
The San Diego Padres called Lake Bachar's name in the fifth round for the first D-III player taken in 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Nineteen more names were called out with nine position players and eleven pitchers taken overall in the three day event.
Otterbein swept Baldwin Wallace by scores of 12-4 and 6-4 at Fisher Field. The game-one victory made 17th-year head coach George Powell just the eighth coach in conference history to reach the 400-win plateau.
Tyler Kent hit for the cycle in Otterbein's 10-9 win over Wittenberg. By the end of six innings, Kent only lacked the single, In the ninth, Kent singled to load the bases for the cycle, setting the plate for Sean Kettering's walkoff hit.