Wolverines no-hit, swept in first ever home series

By JACK VANASSCHE, Editor in Chief

In the first ever home games played in program history, the University of Michigan-Dearborn baseball team was swept in three games by the University of Northwestern Ohio over the weekend at Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Saturday’s 11-0 loss in the doubleheader’s nightcap was highlighted by the second ever no-hitter in Northwestern Ohio history from junior Olivier Mailloux.

Mailloux, a Quebec native, tossed 7.0 innings of no-hit baseball, walking just one batter and striking out nine. He earned the complete game victory when the Racers went up by 11 in the seventh inning, enacting the run rule.

The three wins for UNOH puts the Racers at 6-0 at the end of its fall season. With Sunday’s 10-3 win over UM-Dearborn on Sunday, the Racers stretched its conference winning streak to 26 consecutive games.

In Saturday’s home opener, the Wolverines were overwhelmed by the Racers’ hot offense and fell, 10-1.

The Racers scored five runs with two outs in the top of the first inning off Wolverine pitcher Alex Leija (0-2). Leija had a tough day, finishing with 10 runs allowed on 10 hits in 4.1 innings pitched.

Northwestern Ohio’s Myles Miller smacked a solo home run in the second inning, followed by two more Racers’ runs in the third inning.

Ryan Beadle plated the only UM-Dearborn run of the day with a single to drive in Andrew Capone.

The nightcap was dominated by Mailloux, who had his way with UM-Dearborn batters all game long.

Freshman John Dyda was on the mound for the Wolverines, taking a loss after allowing nine runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Dyda is now 0-2 on the mound this season.

The Racers scored seven runs in the sixth inning followed by two in the seventh to force the mercy rule.

In Sunday’s finale, the Wolverines showed life by battling the Racers for over half of the ballgame.

After UNOH plated four runs in the top of the first inning off freshman Dan Bos, the Wolverines were able to pull within a run by the end of the second inning.

Antonio Carta knocked in a run with a single in the first, while Shaun Hannibal drove in two runs with a double in the home half of the second inning.

The score held until the sixth inning, when UNOH brought home four more runs to take an 8-3 lead.

Bos took the loss, tossing 5.2 innings and surrendering nine runs on nine hits.

Brett McEldowney earned the win for the Racers in relief, throwing three shutout innings. Jacob Hutcher notched a three-inning save.

The Wolverines will wrap up the fall portion of the season’s schedule with a three-game series on the road against Lawrence Technological University this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday and the finale on Sunday.