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|2011 Dayton/Wright State Baseball Classic
||Dayton Flyers (4-7, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
Head Coach: Tony Vittorio, 12th Season
||Oakland Golden Grizzlies (1-4, 0-0 Summit)
Head Coach: John Musachio, 4th Season
||Canisius Golden Griffins (4-6, 0-0 MAAC)
Head Coach: Mike McRae, 6th Season
||Wright State Raiders (4-6, 0-0 Horizon)
Head Coach: Rob Cooper, 7th Season
Junior closer Burny Mitchem enters the weekend with 171 career strikeouts.
Oakland at Dayton, 3 p.m. (TWC Stadium)Canisius at Wright State, 3:30 p.m. (Athletes in Action Stadium)
Canisius at Dayton, 12 noon (DH) (TWC Stadium)
Oakland at Wright State, 12 noon (DH) (Nischwitz Stadium)
Canisius vs. Oakland, 10 a.m. (TWC Stadium)
Wright State at Dayton, 2 p.m. (TWC Stadium)
Audio - daytonflyers.com
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Stats - daytonflyers.com
Due to field conditions at Time Warner Cable Stadium, Dayton's game against Oakland scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. ET has been canceled.
An announcement regarding the rest of the Dayton/Wright State Baseball Classic schedule will be made Saturday. Dayton is schecdule to play a home doubleheader with Canisius on Saturday beginning at 12 noon ET.
(Last Updated: 10:53 p.m. ET, 3/11/11)
Dayton will try and snap a four-game losing streak and earn its first home victory this weekend while hosting four games in three days during the Dayton/Wright State Baseball Classic this weekend ... The Flyers enter the weekend with a 4-7 record, coming off a home-opening 7-2 loss to Shawnee State on Tuesday ... Pitching ace junior lefty Cameron Hobson (1.69 ERA) enters the weekend with 172 career strikeouts, needing three to crack Dayton’s all-time top five ... Closer Burny Mitchem stands just behind Hobson with 171 career strikeouts ... Junior Mike Coughlin leads the Flyers with a .310 batting average on 13 hits ... UD returned four starters from 2010, but due to injury UD is only playing two returning starters in the regular starting lineup – shortstop Jimmy Roesinger and catcher Danny Welch ... Dayton faces two teams this weekend which won its respective regular season conference titles last season (Canisius, MAAC; Wright State, Horizon).
Weather Forecast – Dayton, Ohio
Friday – Partly sunny, high near 45, wind between 15 and 18 mph ... Saturday – Mostly cloudy, high near 50, breezy, west wind between 13 and 22 mph ... Sunday – Partly sunny, high near 43 degrees.
Oakland at a Glance
Oakland enters the weekend with a 1-4 record – three of its losses coming at No. 4 Oklahoma in a season-opening series ... The Golden Grizzlies got their first win of the season last Sunday, March 6, by posting 15 runs on the road against Butler ... Through five games, Todd Dunham leads the Oakland offense with a .350 batting average, seven hits, seven RBI, and three stolen bases ... Senior right-handed pitcher Mark Leichtman will take the mound on Friday against UD for his first start of the season ... Leichtman has allowed four hits and one earned run with two strikeouts through 2 2/3 innings ... Head Coach John Musachio is in his fourth season at Oakland, holding a 61-102 career record ... Last season Oakland went 23-34 and finished fourth in the Summit League with a 13-14 conference record ... Oakland’s first three-game series at home (Rochester, Mich.) does not begin until April 15.
Canisius at a Glance
Canisius College enters the weekend with a 4-6 record, having lost five of the last six games ... The Golden Griffins won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title last season with a 39-21 overall reocrd and 19-5 mark in conference play ... This season, the Griffs can relate to UD’s slow offensive start with a .201 team batting average and being outscored 56-34 ... Senior shortstop and reigning first team all-conference selection Sean Jamieson leads the team with a .306 batting average through 10 games ... The Canisius pitching staff holds a combined 5.19 ERA ... Sophomore reliever Nathan Linseman has a 1-0 record and a 2.61 ERA ... Dayton will face RHP Garett Cortright (1-2, 5.82 ERA) in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday ... The Griffs are coached by Mike McRae in his sixth season with Canisius (153-165) and 10th overall (228-251).
Wright State at a Glance
Wright State was picked to win the Horizon League title in the preseason and enters the weekend with a 4-6 record ... The Raiders have won three of the last four games, including a 6-5 win over West Virginia in the Elon Invitational last weekend ... Senior outfielder Dan Marsh has a team-leading .395 batting average with 15 hits ... Sophomore infielder Justin Kopale is hitting just .211 on the season, but has a team-leading 10 RBI for the Raiders ... Rob Cooper has guided WSU to a 188-160 in his first six years as head coach ... Last season Wright State won the Horizon League regular season with a 31-25 overall and 17-6 conference record.
Last 4 Games
During Dayton’s current four-game losing streak, the Flyers have been outscored 21-8 with a .231 team batting average as opponent pitching holds a 1.50 ERA ... Dayton pitching has allowed 14 earned runs with a 3.82 ERA and allowing just one walk, despite hitting six batters ... Dayton and its opponents both have 31 hits in the last four games.
The Dayton pitching staff has total of 76 strikeouts with just 22 walks through 11 games this season ... UD’s 22 walks is the fewest walks per game in the A-10 ... For every walk Dayton averages a conference-best 3.45 strikeouts (or strikeout-to-walk ratio) ... Junior Mike Hauschild has only allowed one walk while striking out 16 ... Junior Burny Mitchem also has allowed just one walk while fanning 11 ... Junior Cameron Hobson has a league-leading 21 strikeouts with seven walks.
Strikeout Watch: Hobson & Mitchem
Junior LHP Cameron Hobson has a league-leading 21 strikeouts and enters the weekend with 172 career strikeouts – needing three to crack Dayton’s all-time top five ... As UD’s ace and Friday starter, Hobson holds a team-best 1.69 ERA through three starts ... Junior closer Burny Mitchem stands just behind Hobson with 171 career strikeouts ... In 2009, Hobson had 83 strikeouts as a freshman to set the single-season UD record, but only for a year ... Last season, Mitchem broke Hobson’s single-season strikeout record with 86 Ks as a starter ... Entering the season, Mitchem had 160 and Hobson had 151 ... Tony Miller (1988-91) is No. 5 on the list with 174 career strikeouts ... Luke Trubee (2003-06) holds the record with 218.
Innings of Doom
Dayton is getting out-scored 24-6 in the sixth and seventh innings ... 35 of UD’s 64 total allowed runs have come in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings ... Outside of those three innings, Dayton would be outscoring its opponents 32-29.
Hauschild Named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week
Junior right-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild was named the season’s first Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 21 after throwing a complete game against Lipscomb (2/18) ... It is the first A-10 Pitcher of the Week for Hauschild, becoming UD’s first A-10 Pitcher of the Week since 2009 and second in five years ... Junior Burny Mitchem was the last Flyer to be named Pitcher of the Week on March 2, 2009 ... It was the Beavercreek native’s third career complete-game, allowing just two earned runs and one walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings of work ... Hauschild was strongest late in the game, retiring his last nine batters in order – three consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the seventh, eighth, and ninth ... Four of his eight strikeouts came in the final three innings to close out Dayton’s 8-3 win.
Flyers Break Road Losing Streak
The Flyers broke a nine-game road losing after defeating Lipscomb in its home opener, 8-3, on Feb. 18 ... It was the first road win since April 4, 2010 at Temple (13-3) ... Despite breaking a road losing streak, the Flyers saw an opening day losing streak continue early that day on Feb. 18 ... LHP Cameron Hobson threw eight strikeouts in six innings of work, but Dayton lost its sixth consecutive season opener to Bradley, 4-3.
The Flyers turned a triple play in the third inning of an 8-3 win against Lipscomb on Feb. 18 ... The play was started by junior third baseman C.J. Gillman ... With runners on first and second, Gillman caught a line drive, tagged the runner on the base path between second and third, and threw out the runner from first base before tagging up.
Mitchem, the Closer
Junior Burny Mitchem, the single-season strikeout leader at Dayton, will be used as a closer this season after starting 15 games on the mound last season ... In 2010 Mitchem set a program-record for single-season strikeouts with 86 ... Mitchem has 164 career strikeouts.
Flyers Picked Third in Preseason Poll
Dayton was picked to finish third in the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference season, according to a vote of the A-10 coaches ... The Flyers return four players in the starting lineup and all three weekend starting pitchers, including 37th-Round MLB Draft pick left-handed pitcher Cameron Hobson and First Team All-Conference DH Brian Blasik ... With 10 first-place votes Charlotte was picked to repeat as Atlantic 10 regular season champions ... The 49ers are one of four conference teams UD will not play in the regular season ... Xavier received one first-place vote to garner a predicted second-place finish in the league.