After winning five out of the last six home games, the UD baseball team left the friendly confines of Stuart Field for McBride Stadium in Richmond, Ind.
The change of scenery did not help the Flyers, as they lost two out of three Inaugural Spring Classic games — losing 5-0 to Detroit Friday, winning 12-9 over Butler Saturday, and losing 22-9 to Xavier Sunday.
The Titans’ Omar Diaz stole the show Friday, pitching 8.1 innings and allowing only five Flyer hits in a shutout performance.
After a quiet first two innings, Detroit pushed three runs across against junior pitcher Mike Rolih. The runs were earned, but they were aided by two Dayton errors in the inning that helped keep the Detroit rally alive.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Flyers looked to answer, as junior outfielder Brooks Vogel led off with a double. He reached third base with only one out after consecutive walks to junior infielder Cory Allen and senior outfielder Brent Berigan loaded the bases. Unfortunately for the Flyers, Diaz shut the door on the rally, getting senior infielder Nate Winkelfoos to strike out and sophomore infielder Jeff Bourassa to pop out to end the inning.
The Titans kept the momentum and tagged Rolih for two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to up the lead to 5-0.
It was all Diaz needed, as he held UD to only one hit in the final five innings—a junior infielder Aaron Reesh single in the eighth inning.
For the Flyers, Reesh went 2-for-3 from the plate. Allen, Vogel and senior outfielder Mark Schulte had the other Flyer hits.
Dayton saw its record fall to 10-13 while Detroit earned its second win this season, 2-14 overall.
Saturday proved to be a better day for the Flyers, as they beat Butler 12-9.
Taking advantage of the fact that Butler had played Detroit earlier that day for fear the weather would not permit their game Sunday, Dayton jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and did not look back.
The Flyers scored six runs off Bulldog starting pitcher John Corcoran and knocked him out of the game after only 2.1 innings. The offense kept up after Corcoran left, as the Flyers scored six more runs off the relievers en route to taking a 12-4 lead after five innings.
Butler mounted a small rally in the final innings to make the game close, but Dayton held on for a 12-9 win.
The Bulldogs fell to 13-9 with the loss, and the Flyers improved to 11-13 with the win.
Archrival Xavier gave UD a rude goodbye gift in the final game in Richmond, spanking UD 22-9 Sunday.
The Musketeers scored three runs in the first two innings to go up 3-0. They would increase the lead in the third inning when they scored a whopping 12 runs off nine hits in the third inning.
After that offensive barrage, the game was basically over as Xavier led 15-1. All but one of the Musketeers' 14 batters got a hit off Flyer pitching. The 22 runs were the most Xavier had scored since 1995.
UD scored eight runs in the final three innings, but it was way too late, as XU won the game handily 22-9.
Junior designated hitter Shawn Bolinger led the Flyers’ offense, going 3-for-4 from the plate, scoring two runs and knocking in two runners.
The loss dropped Dayton to 11-14, 1-2 in Richmond. Xavier improved to 10-19 overall.
By: Matt Hager