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Coach T. Ray Fletcher has taken the Oakland City University men's baseball team to the NCCAA finals on six occasions, and the Oaks have captured eight Mid-East Regional Championships. The baseball team finished in second place, as NCCAA National Runner-Up, in 2001.

Pictured from left to right - front row: Rickey Melendez, Cesar Mari, Seth Farley, Kingsley Alarcon, Payton Karl, Cordell Snyder, Todd Carver - second row: Jose Ruiz, Nathan Hall, Rolando Lopez, A.J. Beach, Marc Rogier, Lucas Swartzentruber, Eric Barnes, Gordon VanBibber, Chaz Ferguson - third row: T-Ray Fletcher, Josh Wichman, Daniel Sanchez, Trent Benningfield, Mitch Lampert, Cody Sparks, Brandon Winschief, Brian Blaydes, Alex Portee, Logan Clark, Neal Kunkler, Omar Encarnacion, Josh Federico

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February 10, 2013 - Head Coach T-Ray Fletcher Inducted Into Oakland City University Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame

Current Mighty Oaks baseball head coach T-Ray Fletcher was inducted into the Oakland City University Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony and banquet on Sunday, February 10. His tenure as head coach began in 1995 and he has become the longest serving head coach in OCU baseball history, as he begins his 19th season at the helm of the Mighty Oaks in the 2013 season, having compiled a record of 339-400-2.

Tommy “T-Ray” Fletcher II, graduated from Madisonville High School in 1991. He was recruited as a catcher, where he was a four year member of the Oakland City University Mighty Oaks baseball team. Fletcher earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from OCU in 1995, and was named the head baseball coach while he began working on his Master’s of Science in Management degree, which he completed in 1997.

Under his direction, the Mighty Oaks baseball team has reached the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Championship Tournament nine times, eight times as Mid-East Regional champions and once with an at-large berth. The 2005 team finished second in the national finals, the highest finish in school history, and became the first No. 9 seed to win its way to the championship round.

Fletcher’s 2004 Mighty Oaks set a school record with 27 wins, and his 2011 team beat the University of Southern Indiana, then reigning NCAA Division II champions, in a late-April game. Six of Fletcher’s players, most recent infielder Eric Barnes, have signed contracts with major league organizations or professional independent league teams.

“Coach Fletcher was always willing to go the extra mile to improve the team and the players,” said former Mighty Oak baseball player Brian Welp, who was inducted into the OCU Hall of Fame last winter. “He knows how to coach 18 to 22 year olds.”

Along with his coaching responsibilities, Fletcher serves as assistant athletic director and teaches in the school of business.

Fletcher resides in Princeton, Indiana, with wife Maddie and daughters Sophie, Avery, and Alaine.

January 7, 2013 - Former OCU Baseball Standout Eric Barnes Signs With Frontier League Team

Eric Barnes, a 2007 graduate of Evansville Bosse High School, has signed with the Shaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League for the 2013 season.

Barnes hit .365 as a junior, tallying 12 doubles, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 25 walks, and 2 steals in 32 games. As a senior, he hit .326, with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 27 walks, and 11 steals in 42 games.

He had been invited to try out for the Kansas City Royals following the 2011 season, then was invited to try out for the Orioles and Mets this past May. He earned NCCAA All Mid-East Region team honors in 2011 and 2012.

Barnes is the sixth players under OCU head coach T-Ray Fletcher to sign a professional contract. Outfielder Dallas Williams III, son of the former major leaguer with the same name, played one season in the Appalachian Advanced Rookie League as a Chicago White Sox prospect before he was released and became a scout for the White Sox. Outfielder Bill Hammonds and catcher Arlen Pixley each played a year for the Dubois County Dragons when it was part of the Frontier League. Brad Wibbeler, a catcher from Southridge High School, now an OCU Athletic Hall of Famer, also played one season for the Dragons. Infielder Josh Federico signed with the Frontier League London Rippers, from London, Ontario, last spring and played part of a season before being released.

May 7, 2012 - NCCAA Mid-East Baseball Regional Schedule Now Available

The OCU baseball team earned the #2 seed in the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East Regional tournament, held at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky. The host team earned the top seed, while Bluefield College ranks third, followed by Covenant College at four and Hiwassee College at five.

The Oaks will face off against the Rams of Bluefield College on Tuesday, May 8, at 3:00 PM CST, in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament. They will then play at either 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM on Wednesday, depending on the outcome of their first game. For complete schedule and tournament information visit the Mid-East Regional Tournament Website. Each game will have live stats and live audio, provided by Mid-Continent University.

May 1, 2012 - OCU Baseball Team Headed to NCCAA Mid-East Regional Tournament

The Mighty Oaks had to win their final two games of the regular season after dropping game one of the double-header on Saturday against Hiwassee College by the score of 6-2. After the Oaks took care of the second game, winning by the comfortable margin of 12-1, they set up a decisive nine-inning game on Sunday afternoon. The Oaks jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, then saw the Tigers of Hiwassee College tie the game at 4-4. OCU then scored the next four runs, setting up a four run lead with two innings to play. Hiwassee managed to plate one run each in the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to cut the lead to less than two, with the final score reading 8-6 in favor of the home team.

The win gave the Oaks a record of 16-24 for the season, meeting the required winning percentage (.400) exactly, and sent them into post-season play. The National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East Regional tournament will be held in Mayfield, Kentucky, on the campus of Mid-Continent University, May 8-12. Pairings and game times have not yet been released, but the Oaks will likely play on Tuesday, May 8, at either 1:30 PM or 3:00 PM. The field has not been set as yet, but will be released as soon as the information becomes available.

Mid-Continent University will be streaming live statistics and audio for each game and links will be provided on the OCU baseball schedule page.

April 22, 2012 - Former Mighty Oaks Standout Signs Professional Baseball Contract

Josh Federico, a native of Amherstburg, Ontario, just south of Detroit, Michigan, and former Oakland City University baseball standout, has signed his first professional contract to play baseball for the London Rippers of the Frontier League, beginning in the summer of 2012. After attending the team tryouts in Waterford, Michigan last month, Federico was asked to stay extra long before receiving an offer to join the team.

OCU Baseball Coach T-Ray Fletcher with Josh Federico

"I was pretty excited about it. It's a great feeling." said Federico, "All the hard work is paying off and it's nice to finally know I can play somewhere and get some money for it."

A former shortstop and clean up hitter for the Oaks, Federico may split time between playing shortstop and second base for the Rippers. "It doesn't matter where they put me in the field, as long as I am playing," joked Federico, "I am a shortstop, but I am used to second base too. Turning the double play is kind of my thing. I am comfortable in both places."

"He has the ability to hit for average with a little pop in the bat and play multiple positions in the field," said London assistant general manager Matt Dillard. "We also love the drive and passion he has for the game."

The Rippers will play a 99 game schedule in the Frontier League, opening on May 18. The team's camp opens on May 5. Until then, Federico will continue to work as the OCU assistant baseball coach as he completes his degree requirements. "I know it will be a lot of traveling, but a 99 game schedule, I can't wait," he said. "It's also going to be nice to play so close to home. My family will be able to come and watch, so I am pretty excited"

London, Ontario, home of the Rippers, is just over 100 miles from his hometown of Amherstburg.

"This is just the beginning," stated Federico, "If it wasn't for the support of my coaches and family, I don't think this would have been possible. I owe a lot to a lot of people."

April 15, 2012 - OCU Baseball Sweeps Lindenwood-Belleville; Moves Closer to Regional Berth

The Oakland City University baseball team entered the weekend with a record of 9-19, needing eight more wins out of their final 13 games to clinch a spot in the NCCAA Mid-East Regional Tournament. Two wins on Saturday, by scores of 5-4 and 11-7, and a comeback win on Sunday, 10-9, makes their job easier as they now need to take five of their remaining ten games to make the post-season.

After Lindenwood-Belleville scored two runs in the top of the first inning in game one of Saturday's double-header, the Oaks were able to notch three runs over the next two innings to take the lead. They added one run each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, giving them a 5-2 lead with two left. The Lynx plated two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but went down in order in the final frame as Logan Clark pitched a complete game and earned his second win of the year.

Marc Rogier scored two runs going 1-3 at the plate and reaching on a walk. He stole three bases in the game, tying a single game high, while Eric Barnes had three RBI, going 1-2 at the plate, hitting his first home run of the year, a two run shot to left field. Also scoring in the game were Payton Karl (1-3) and Rolando Lopez (0-2).

Game two saw the Mighty Oaks jump out to an early 8-0 lead, thanks to a seven run third inning. The Lynx answered by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth, followed by four in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to one run at 8-7. OCU responded by knocking home three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, setting the final score at 11-7. Brian Blaydes started the game, pitching four and two-thirds innings picking up his third win on the year. Trent Benningfield earned his first save of the season, pitching two and a third innings in relief.

Marc Rogier, Nate Hall and Lucas Swartzentruber each scored twice, while Kingsley Alarcon, Eric Barnes, Payton Karl, Todd Carver, and Cordell Snyder each crossed the plate safely. Rogier had two of the team's RBI, going 2-3 at the plate and picking up a steal and a walk. Nate Hall also had two hits, while Barnes, Chaz Ferguson, Swartzentruber, Carver and Snyder each knocked in a run.

Chaz Ferguson left the game in the third inning after being tagged out at the plate. Test results show a dislocated left shoulder and his return date has not yet been set.

The final game of the series, a nine-inning matchup on Sunday afternoon, saw the Lynx jump out to an early lead, scoring in each of the first four innings. The Oaks saw themselves trailing 2-0 after one, 5-1 after two, 8-1 after three, and 9-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. RBI by Marc Rogier and Kingsley Alarcon moved the Oaks within six at 9-3. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Oaks were able to even the score at 9-9, thanks in large part to a two-out grand slam to left field. Then, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cody Sparks led off with a double and scored on Marc Rogier's double to center field. Neither team scored after that as OCU held on to win by the score of 10-9.

Alex Portee earned the win, pitching a perfect sixth and seventh innings with one strike out. Neal Kunkler pitched the final two frames, earning the save and giving up just two hits.

Payton Karl led off the second inning with a home run, part of a three hit, two run day, while Cody Sparks and Lucas Swartzentruber also scored twice in the win. Eric Barnes had four RBI, followed by three from Marc Rogier, two from Kingsley Alarcon and one from Karl.

Next up for the Oaks is a double-header at Kentucky State University on Tuesday, April 17, starting at 12:00 PM.

March 27, 2012 - Mighty Oaks Fall to St. Catharine College 14-0

The Oakland City University baseball team continues to struggle, falling 14-0 to St. Catharine College at Pinnick Field.

After starting pitcher Brandon Winschief gave up seven runs, only one of which was earned, through the opening two innings, Coach Fletcher replaced him on the mound with Trent Benningfield. Benningfield pitched three and a third innings, giving up seven runs, all earned, on five hits. Neal Kunkler pitched the rest of the game, which was shortened due to the score, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Marc Rogier had two of the four hits managed by the home team, while Kinsley Alarcon and Cordell Snyder had the other two. Rolando Lopez, AJ Beach and Eric Barnes were the only other OCU players to reach base in the game, Beach by way of a fielder's choice twice, Barnes in the same fashion and Lopez reaching by being hit by a pitch.

Next up for the Oaks is a night game at Brescia University on Friday, March 30. Game time is set for 6:00 PM CST.

August 25, 2011 - Alumni Game Set for October 15

The Oakland City University MIghty Oaks baseball annual alumni game will be held at Pinnick Field on Saturday, October 15. More details will be released when available.

July 28, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Finish Second in NCAA D-II All-Independent Standings;
Barnes, Turney & Federico Make All-Independent Team

The OCU baseball team finished up one of their most successful seasons in recent memory and have been honored for it. Finishing with a record of 17-15, the Oaks trailed only North Greenville University in the standings in the NCAA D-II Independent College Athletic Association, known as the ICAA. Eric Barnes and Harry Turney were named 1st-Team All-Independent players, joined by Josh Federico, who was named to the 2nd-Team. North Greenville's Adam Taylor was named player of the year. The full results, as selected by ICAA Director Mike Bond were:

2011 NCAA D-II All-Independent Standings
1. North Greenville (31-13, .705)
2. Oakland City (16-10, .615)
3. Palm Beach Atlantic (26-24, .520)
4. Urbana (14-26, .350)
5. Washington Adventist (8-17, .320)
6. Saint Michael's (5-25, .167)

2011 NCAA D-II All-Independent Baseball Honors
Player of the Year
- Adam Taylor - North Greenville
Pitcher of the Year - Michael Benjamin - North Greenville
Freshman of the Year - Drew Ryan - Urbana
Coach of the Year - Travis Henson - North Greenville

2011 NCAA D-II All-Independent FIRST TEAM
Anthony Foulk - North Greenville, C, Jr.     Genoa, Illinois
Eric Barnes - Oakland City, INF, Jr.     Evansville, Indiana
Brian Giles - North Greenville, INF, Sr.     Spartanburg, South Carolina
Yuki Ishida - Washington Adventist, INF, Sr.     Okayama, Japan
Luis Meija - Palm Beach Atlantic, INF, Jr.     Lake Worth, Florida
Derek Fulmer - North Greenville, OF, Jr.     Pelion, South Carolina
Adam Taylor - North Greenville, OF, So.     Laurens, South Carolina
Harry Turney - Oakland City, OF, Sr.     Lansing, Michigan
Andrew Lawrence - North Greenville, DH, So.     Woodstown, New Jersey
Michael Benjamin - North Greenville, P, Jr.     Gainesville, Florida
Drew Provence - North Greenville, P, Jr.     Fayetteville, Georgia
Wes Rehmert - Urbana, P, Sr.     West Alexandria, Ohio
Alejandro DeMoya - Palm Beach Atlantic, RP, So.     Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

SECOND TEAM
Travis Murray - Palm Beach Atlantic, C, Jr.     Spring Hill, Florida
Jorge Chavarria - Palm Beach Atlantic, INF, Sr.     Lake Worth, Florida
Josh Federico - Oakland City, INF, Fr.     Windsor, Ontario
Drew Ryan - Urbana, INF, Fr.     Newark, Ohio
Alec Tice - Saint Michael's, INF, Fr.     Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Jacob Begnoche - Saint Michael's, OF, So.     Essex Junction, Vermont
Nick Natale - Palm Beach Atlantic, OF, Jr.     Livingstone, New Jersey
Zach Roll - Urbana, OF, Sr.     Kingston, Ohio
Neil Croft - Washington Adventist, P, Jr.     Maryland
Kenny Frosch - Palm Beach Atlantic, P, Jr.     Land O'Lakes, Florida
Ryan Woodring - North Greenville, P, Fr.     Asheville, North Carolina
Brian Giles - North Greenville, RP, Sr.     Spartanburg, South Carolina

May 4, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Lose Final Regular Season Game to Evansville; Regionals Next

With the NCCAA Regional tournament looming, the Mighty Oaks went into Wednesday night with nothing to lose against the NCAA Division-I University of Evansville Aces.  The Oaks were down 2-0 through six before UE broke the game open, and OCU lost by a score of 8-1.

Chris Stallion remained the team's ace, keeping his consistent pitching going as he went six plus innings while holding the Aces to only 6 hits and three runs. Despite picking up the loss, Stallion looked very comfortable on the mound against the D-I Aces. He will look to keep that momentum into game one of the regional tournament. Cody Johnson relieved Stallion going the final three innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits.

Offensively, the Evansville Aces kept the Oaks off balance. On the day, Oakland City went just 7-30 for an average of .233, a number that was significantly lower than their season average. Harry Turney and Josh Federico lead the offense as they each had two hits in the game. Turney also scored the Oaks' lone run in the ninth inning.

The Oaks end the regular season with a record of 17-13 and will look to extend their success in the regional tournament starting on Tuesday, May 10, hosted by King College in Bristol, Tennessee. Oakland City is expected to get either the first or second seed in the tournament.

Apr. 30, 2011 - Oakland City Baseball Honors Seven Seniors; Lose Two to IU-Southeast

Despite losing the two-game set to Indiana University Southeast by scores of 11-2, and 8-5, the Mighty Oaks celebrated the day by honoring the seven seniors in their last home game. A large group of parents and family was present to join in the festivities. With emotions running high, these seven seniors were recognized for their accomplishments throughout their careers. The Mighty Oaks will say goodbye to Jorge Tauil, Harry Turney, Josh Federico, Mitch Masse, Brian Jones, Jonas Cueche, and Jesse Brandt on season's end, a group that has meant so much to the OCU baseball program, knowing that each one will excel in their future careers.

With the Mighty Oaks coming off their biggest win of the season at #10 USI, they were not able to keep the momentum going into the weekend as they were defeated by Indiana University-Southeast. Timely hitting and execution is what the Oaks feel caused the losses.

Logan Clark picked up the loss in game one as he went four innings, giving up six runs. Mitch Masse, Jared Swan, and Alejandro Medina together pitched the remainder of the game. Gordan VanBibber picked up the loss in game two as he went four innings, allowing four runs, before being relieved by Brian Blaydes, and Neal Kunkler who threw the remainder of game two.

Offensively the Oaks remained consistent, collecting numerous hits in the two games. Leading the offense was Josh Federico who collected four hits on the day. Eric Barnes and Michael Cardinale also added to the scoring as they both hit homeruns.

The Oaks Seniors thanked Coach T-Ray Fletcher and the OCU Baseball team for their support all year and for making this senior day a memorable one for everyone. They also thanked all the parents and families who made the trip, and who have continuously supported them throughout the year. The Oaks hope to repay them as they will be heading to the Regional Tournament May 10-12, hoping to move on the the NCCAA National Tournament the following week..

The Oaks will be back in action on Wednesday, May 4, as they head to University of Evansville for one nine inning game beginning at 6:00 PM CST.

Apr. 26, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Stun Defending NCAA D-II National Champion Eagles

With the Regional Tournament right around the corner, the Mighty Oaks remain hot as they defeated the defending NCAA Division-II National Champions University of Southern Indiana Eagles by a score of 9-5. The Oaks believe this was their best win of the season thus far, breaking six year drought in the win column against the Eagles, and extending their win streak to three games.

The Oaks pitching staff once again provided an outstanding performance. Senior Chris Stallion picked up the win, pitching six innings while holding the Eagles to five hits and three runs in his best outing of the season. Cody Johnson picked up the save, throwing the final three innings while giving up two runs on three hits. The OCU pitching staff kept the hot hitting Eagles off balance throughout the whole game.

Offensively, the Oaks remained productive throughout their whole order. On the day, the Oaks went 11-38 for an average of .290. Leading the offense was Rolondo Lopez who continued to swing a hot stick as he opened the scoring for the Oaks and provided them with two hits. Harry Turney and Michael Cardinale also had multiple hits in the game.

The Oaks improved their record to 17-10 on the season and will look to continue their streak as they are back in action on Thursday at Indiana University-Southeast. Gametime is set for 6:00 PM CST.

Apr. 17, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Complete Season Sweep of Urbana University

With wins not coming easily for the Oaks of late, OCU hosted the Blue Knights of Urban University, a team they took a two game set against on March 11 in Clearwater, Florida during their spring break trip. The Oaks were able to hold off the Knights by scores of 6-4 and 9-8 to complete the season sweep of Urbana, taking the four games by a total score of 31-15.

The Mighty Oak pitching staff had a solid performance in both games as they were able to keep the team in the game before their dominating offense took over. Starting game one was Chris Stallion, pitching four plus innings while allowing the Knights to score four runs. Relieving Stallion was Cody Johnson who picked up his fourth win of the season and provided the final three innings of game one. Logan Clark started game two, going five plus innings and allowing six runs. He was relieved by Brian Blaydes and Michael Cardinale. Cardinale was able to pick up his first win of the season.

Offensively, the Oaks were outstanding and, for the first time in a while, they looked like the arsenal that gave the Oaks their record-breaking start. On the day, the Oaks hit 13-47 for an average of .277, putting 15 runs across in two games. Leading the offense was Harry Turney, who continued to swing a hot bat. Eric Barnes added to his team-lead by hitting his fifth homerun. Rolondo Lopez hit his first long ball in the form of a Gram Slam in game two.

The Oaks hope to build on this success and carry it on into the weekend as they are on the road playing a three-game series at the University of Missouri - St Louis April 22-23. Gametime for both days is set at 12:00 PM CST.

Apr. 13, 2011 - Cardinale Hits First Home Run But OCU Falls to St. Catharine 6-1

The St.Catherine's College Patriots added to the Mighty Oaks struggles, taking two of three meetings this year from the Oaks, defeating them 6-1 in today's game. The Oaks struggled to find the answer to their current losing ways as they now have won only once in their past eight contests.

The pitching staff allowed the Patriots to collect 10 hits, scoring 6 runs in the loss. Picking up the loss was Gordon VanBibber, who's record falls to 2-2, pitching six innings while giving up eight hits and four runs. Relieving VanBibber was Logan Clark, going two innings and allowing two hits and two runs to cross. Finishing it off was Mitch Masse with the final inning of work.

Offensively, the Oaks continue to be inconsistent at the plate. OCU went 4-29 in the game for an average of just .138 as a team. On the positive side, Michael Cardinale contributed the only run of the day with his first home run of the season. Jonas Cueche collected two of the four hits the Oaks had.

The Oaks will look to return to their early season ways as they host Urbana University, a team OCU has beaten twice already this season, on Sunday, April 17, at 1:00 PM CST.

Apr. 10, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Break Losing Streak and Earn Split Against Missouri S&T

The struggling Oaks' bats finally got back to their earlier season form as OCU was able to earn a split with Missouri S&T on Sunday Afternoon. The Oaks snapped their six game losing streak as they took game one, a make-up of one of the two games rained out from Saturday, by a score of 5-3 before losing game two by a score of 11-5.

The Oaks' pitching was able to have a productive game in their first matchup, leading the Oaks to their first win in their last seven games. Back in the rotation was Chris Stallion, who kept the Oaks in the game, going five innings while allowing one earned run and striking out four. Relieving Stallion was Logan Clark who threw the final two innings, picking up the save. Game Two starter Logan Mohr was forced to leave the game in the third inning due to forearm soreness, but was relieved by Cody Johnson who provided solid relief, but suffered the loss.

The silent bats of late came alive Sunday as they were able to provide some timely hitting and a little bit of the long ball. On the day, the Oaks as a team went 22-63 from the plate, an average of .349. Leading the offense was Senior Harry Turney, providing the Oaks with a 6-10 day with two homeruns, two doubles and six RBIs. Adding to the offense was Jon Kimbro, who added a homerun, and Eric Barnes and Josh Federico, who each had three hits in the series.

The Oaks hope to gain from their performance today when they host St. Catherine’s University on Wednesday, April 13, for a double header. Gametime is set for 12:00 PM CST.

Apr. 3, 2011 - Drury University Hands the Mighty Oaks Their Worst Loss of the Season

The Drury University Panthers handed the Oaks their sixth straight loss as they completed the series sweep on Sunday by a score of 19-6. The Oaks' struggles continued as they were not able to find a way to win the game.

The pitching staff had their worst outing of the spring, allowing the Panthers 19 runs on 19 hits. Brian Blaydes picked up the loss today as he went just one inning, giving up two hits, one earned run and four walks. Relieving Blaydes were Jared Swan, Chris Stallion, Michael Cardinale, and Alejandro Medina who combined to allow 13 runs to come across on 17 hits.

Offensively their were some bright spots for the Oaks. On the day, Oakland City went 7-29 for an average of .241 while scoring six runs. Dalton Lykins was able to provide his first home run of the spring, which was his first as a collegiate hitter. Harry Turney added to the offense as he continues to hold a hot bat, picking up three hits on the day.

The Oaks believe they will need to find what it takes to get a win again, and soon, before their 13-1 start disappears. OCU will be back in action on Wednesday, April 7th, as they host St. Joseph’s University for a two-game set. The first game is set to start at 12:00 PM CST.

Apr. 2, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Lose Twice to Drury as Slump Continues

The Mighty Oaks' struggles continued as Drury University took the first two games of a three game set by scores of 7-1 and 4-2. After winning 13 of their first 15 games to start off the 2011 season, the Oaks have hit a drought, losing their last five games, including their last four at home.

The Oaks' pitching staff combined for 14 innings, allowing 11 runs on 22 hits with seven strikeouts and six walks. Gordon Vanbibber picked up the loss in game one, going five innings while allowing four runs on eight hits. Relieving him was Neil Kunkler who went the final two innings, giving up three hits and two runs. Cody Johnson picked up the loss in game two as he went the distance for a complete game but gave up four runs on eleven hits.

The Oaks' offense continued to struggle to get consistent hitting up and down the line-up. Oakland City went 9-47 on the day for an average of just .192. Leading the Oaks was Jorge Tauil who provided three hits. Josh Federico added two hits in the losses.

The Oaks see their strong start sliding as their record now falls to 13-7 on the year, but they will be back in action on Sunday as they look to rebound with a win in the series finale against Drury. Gametime is set for 1:00 PM CST.

Mar. 30, 2011 - Oaks Lose Two in the Cold to Kentucky Wesleyan

With the temperature dipping below 40 degrees, the Oaks were handed their first losing series and first losses at home of the season as Kentucky Wesleyan College swept the two game set by scores of 5-2 and 4-2. The Oaks saw their record fall to 13-5 despite solid performances by many players.

The Oaks' pitching staff was able to continue to pound the strike zone despite terrible weather conditions and remain consistent, as they have been all year. Logan Mohr suffered the loss in game one, his first loss of the year, as he went five plus innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs before being relieved by Chris Stallion, who finished the game from there. Logan Clark picked up the loss in game two as he threw a complete game, giving up nine hits and four runs.

Offensively the Oaks once again struggled getting timely hits when needed, as they have in all but one of their five losses this year. The Oaks on the day went 9-47 at the plate, hitting for an average of .191, their worst offensive display this season. Leading the offense was Eric Barnes, Harry Turney, Michael Cardinale, and Josh Federico which were able to have multiple hits on the day.

The Oaks will hope to put the losses behind them and get back on their winning ways as they host Drury University this weekend for a three game set. The Oaks believe that this weekend just might be one of the most important weekends of the year as they look to get back on track.

Mar. 23, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Battle Through Rain and Hail But Suffer Their Third Loss

With heavy rain and hail causing a two hour delay and forcing the scheduled double-header to be shortened to a single game, the Oaks were not able to overcome Kentucky Wesleyan College as they suffer their third loss of the season by a score of 8-5. With the loss, the Oaks record falls to 13-3 in the 2011 season.

The very consistent pitching staff, which has been dominate all year, had a rough day battling the winds and poor conditions. Cody Johnson suffered his second loss of the season, going four innings while giving up five runs. Brian Blaydes and Chris Stallion together were able to go the rest of the way, giving up just one earned run.

Offensively the Oaks remained consistent, going 10-29 for an average of .345 while putting up five runs on the board. Michael Cardinale led the offense for the Oaks as he was able to pick up three hits on the day. Eric Barnes and Jonas Cueche each had multi-hit games.

The Oaks' failure to execute and lack of timely hitting was what the Coach Fletcher felt cost them the game.

The Oaks will look for revenge on Kentucky Wesleyan College when they host them on March 30, 2011. Oakland City will be back in action at home, where they haven't lost all season, on Sunday, March 27, as they host Indiana University-Southeast beginning at 2:00 PM CST.

Mar. 19, 2011 - Oaks Baseball Sweeps Miami Middletown and Keep a Perfect Home Record

The Oaks add to their already impressive record on Saturday afternoon, sweeping the two game set against Miami Middletown University. With these two wins the Oaks remain undefeated on Brooks C. Pinnick Field this season. They won the two game sweep by scores of 8-0 and 7-5, respectively.

The pitching staff continue to put up solid numbers holding Miami Middletown to only ten hits and five runs combined in the two game set. Gordan VanBibber picked up the win in game one with four innings of work, allowing three hits while striking out four. Jared Swan, in his first college appearance, relieved Vanbibber, giving the Oaks three scoreless innings to pick up his first save. Logan Clack picked up the win in game two, going five innings while allowing two hits and no earned runs. Michael Cardinale was able to pick up his second save of the season, pitching the final two outs of the game.

The Oaks offense continues to produce runs and control the base paths. As a team, the Oaks went 16-54 from the plate for an average of .296. They were able to drive in 15 runs in the two game set. Offensively the Oaks were lead by Eric Barnes who provided his team leading fourth home run. Mark Rogier, Harry Turney, Josh Federico, Michael Cardinale, and Dalton Lykins all had multi-hit days.

The Oaks will be back in action, putting their three game winning streak on the line on Wednesday, March 23, at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

Mar. 16, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Dig Deep and Earn a Split with St. Catharine College

The Oaks suffered just their second loss of the season in game one at St. Catherine’s College, but OCU was still able to regain composure to take game two and end the day with a split. They lost in the first game by a score of 5-2 before winning game two by a score of 6-1.

The Mighty Oaks’ pitching staff had another solid day, holding St Catherine’s College to six runs in the doubleheader. Game one starter Cody Johnson suffered the tough loss, going four innings and giving up four earned runs. Johnson was relieved by Mitch Masse and Neil Kunkler, who threw a scoreless inning each. Logan Mohr picked up the win in game two, improving his record to 3-0 in his great start to this 2011 season. He went five innings, allowing one run on six hits before being relieved by Chris Stallion who shut the door from there, picking up the save.

Offensively, despite the lack of execution on the five errors committed by St. Catherine’s in game one, the Oaks were able to rebound in game two with timely hitting and an overall solid performance. On the day, the Oaks went 13-50, hitting .260, which is well below their season average of around .300. Leading the offense was once again the Oaks offensive leader Eric Barnes as he hit his third homerun of the season which ended up being the difference maker in game two. Michael Cardinale, Harry Turney, and Jonas Cueche were also able to add to the offense, each having multiple hits on the day.

With the Oaks not having their best performance in game one on Wednesday, they still remain satisfied picking up a split on the road, improving their record to 11-2. The Oaks will return home and be back on Brooks C. Pinnick Field Saturday afternoon as they host Miami Middletown University for a double-header beginning at 12:00 PM CST.

Mar. 10, 2011 - Oaks Rebound From Their First Loss To Sweep Urbana University

Despite suffering their first loss Wednesday afternoon to Lake Erie University, the Mighty Oaks were able to rebound and complete a two game sweep of Urbana University before returning home from Clearwater, Florida. They won the two game series by scores of 3-2 and 14-1, coming home with a record in Florida of 4-1 and improving their overall record to 10-1 for the season.

Pitching was again great, like it has been all season, for the Oak’s as Gordan VanBibber picked up the win in game one, throwing five plus innings while allowing only two runs before being relieved by Chris Stallion who shut the door from there, picking up his second save of the year. Brain Blaydes got the win in game two, throwing a solid six innings, allowing only one run before being relieved by Mitch Masse who, then finished the game.

Offensively the Mighty Oaks continue to be consistent, hitting over .300 for an average as a team. In the two game set, they were able to pull together 22 hits and score 17 runs, helping them earn their 9th and 10th wins. Eric Barnes, Josh Federico, Jorge Tauil, and Harry Turney led the Oaks offensive attack, each providing multi hit games in the two game series.

The Oaks continue to go about their business on the field as they are off to the best start in school history. They will look to improve their record Tuesday, March 15th, as they head to Bellarmine University for a 2:00 PM game time start.

Mar. 8, 2011 - Lake Erie University Hands Mighty Oaks Their First Loss of the Season

Despite having 12 hits and scoring 14 runs, the Mighty Oaks suffered their first loss of the season to Lake Erie College. The Oaks started the game off well, scoring ten runs in the first five innings, but it wasn’t enough to keep the 0-3 Lake Erie Storm from overcoming, as they were able to win their first game of the season 16-14.

Starting the game for the Oaks was Logan Clark who went five innings, giving up eight hits and only allowing three earned runs. Neil Kunkler relieved Clark, giving up six runs, four of them earned, in two innings of work. Suffering the loss was Brian Blaydes who had another solid performance giving up three hits and three unearned runs in one inning of work.

The Oaks once again showed off their offensive skills as they went 12-39 in the game, hitting for an average of .309. Harry Turney, Logan Mohr, and Jonas Cueche lead the offense for the Oaks, each having a multi-hit game and collectively going 7-12 with six RBI’s. Cueche and Mohr each had a double in the game and all three tallied a stolen base.

The Oaks’ defense, which has been stellar throughout the season thus far, was the determining factor in the outcome of the game as the Oak;s allowed nine unearned runs to score while committing seven errors.

The Oaks record falls to 8-1 and will look to redeem themselves as they finish off their spring trip with a double header against Urbana University on Friday March 11, in Clearwater, Florida, beginning at 12:00 PM.

Mar. 8, 2011 - OCU Hands East Stroudsburg Their First Losses and Improves to 8-0

The Mighty Oaks added to their hot start as they completed the two game sweep of Undefeated East Stroudsburg University this afternoon in the sunny weather of Clearwater, Florida. The Oaks, now 8-0 on the season, were able to slip by East Stroudsburg with a 4-3 win in game one followed by a 5-0 win in game two.

The Mighty Oak pitching staff had yet another great afternoon as they continued to impress their opponents with their solid performances. Cody Johnson picked up the win in game one with a solid five innings, giving up eight hits and three runs before being relieved by Chris Stallion. Stallion shut the door the rest of the way, throwing the final two innings of no hit ball, including three strikeouts, to pick up the save. Logan Mohr, coming off the second no-hitter in the past seventeen season, kept his hot streak alive to pick up the win in game two. He threw a complete game of two hit ball, nearing another no-hitter when allowing the first hit with two out in the 7th inning. As a combined pitching staff, they allowed just ten hits and three runs in two games and provided the Oaks with another stellar performance.

Offensively the Oaks had another productive day, going 16-55 and hitting for an average of .291 in the two game set. The offense came from a collection of the whole order as everyone contributed in one way or another. Eric Barnes went 4-6 on the day, including a pair of doubles, while driving in four runs and scoring twice. Jonas Cueche was 3-6 in the series, with one double, one steal and two runs batted in. Timely hitting and willingness to succeed was the key to the Oaks success, as it was a solid team effort to pick up both wins.

The Mighty Oaks will be back in action Wednesday, putting their winning streak on the line, as they face Lake Erie College (0-3) in Clearwater, Florida. game time is set for 11:30 AM CST.

Feb. 26, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Extend Win Streak to Six and Remain Undefeated

The Mighty Oaks extended their winning streak to six Saturday afternoon as Cincinnati Christian University came to town. With rough weather conditions and uncertainty to play the Oaks still managed to complete the two game sweep, winning the first game 10-0, and the second 4-2.

The young Oaks pitching staff was once again outstanding, showing great improvements from last year and promise to only get better. Sophomore Cody Johnson picked up the game 1 win as he gave the Mighty Oaks four shutout innings of three hit ball, while adding four strikeouts. Logan Clark then relieved him and completed the 5 inning mercy-rule victory. Junior Brian Blaydes picked up the 4-2 win in game two after relieving Gordon VanBibber, with closer Michael Cardinale picking up his first save of the season. The Oaks as a combined pitching staff gave up 8 hits and 2 runs in the two game set.

Offensively the Mighty Oaks as a team hit for a combine average of .296, going 13-44 and scoring 14 runs in the two game set. The offense produce a solid effort by the entire lineup as each one of the nine starters was able to provide at least one hit. Adding to the great offense was Sophomore Alfonso Graterol with his off the bench 2RBI single providing the walk-off win for the Oaks in game one.

The Mighty Oaks are starting to become a team that is fun to watch, but there is still a lot of work that has to be done. The Mighty Oaks will look to put their winning streak on the line as they are next in action Tuesday, March 1, at St. Catherine’s College before entering the weekend at home against NCAA D-II #25 ranked University of Indianapolis.

Feb. 20, 2011 - Oakland City Baseball Starts Season Off with a Bang Including a No-Hitter

The new look Mighty Oaks, led by Coach Fletcher couldn’t ask for a better start to the 2011 baseball season as they completed the four game sweep of Hiwassee College this past weekend. They won the four game series by scores of 7-2, 3-0, 18-0 and 11-2, outscoring the Tigers 39-4.
The Mighty Oaks pitching staff was outstanding, allowing only four runs in four games. Leading the pack was sophomore Logan Mohr with his heroic complete game 68 pitch no-hitter performance in game two Saturday afternoon. Cody Johnson pitched a complete game shutout in the third game of the series, which the Oaks won in five innings. Chris Stallion won the first game, giving up two runs, both earned, and was relieved by Gordon VanBibber, who shutout the Tigers the rest of the way. Logan Clark pitched to a win in the third game, relieved by Brian Blaydes. The pitching staff game up just 15 hits while striking out 19 batters, led by Mohr's five in his near-perfect outing.

Offensively, the Mighty Oaks as a team hit for a combined average of .330 and scored 39 runs in four games. The offense was led by senior Jonas Cueche, junior Eric Barnes and sophomore Logan Mohr as Mohr and Barnes each provided a home run and a combined 17 RBI’s through the four game set.

The Mighty Oaks with this start has proven that they should be a team that will catch attention, and will be looking to contend for the NCCAA National Championship. The Mighty Oaks will look to build on this performance as they will be back in action this coming Friday and Saturday, February 25 & 26, as Cincinnati Christian University comes to town for a three game series.  

Feb. 17, 2011 - Mighty Oaks Baseball Team Season Outlook

The 2011 edition of Oakland City University Baseball comes with much higher expectations than recent years.  The Mighty Oak baseball team will look to rebuild from last year’s disappointing season filled with inconsistency and attrition.  This season’s squad returns four starting position players and seven pitchers.  With the addition of five talented transfers and an athletic group of five freshmen, the Oaks will look to improve upon last season’s injury riddled campaign.  Head coach T-Ray Fletcher’s outlook complies, “The returning young men as well as the new players have completely bought in to what we are trying to do offensively and on the mound.  We will play a fun style of baseball and should be dramatically more competitive than last season’s squad.” 

Although the expectations and talent for the Mighty Oaks has certainly increased, success will not come easily.  The 2011 schedule will likely pave an even tougher road for OCU with multiple matchups against nationally #25 ranked University of Indianapolis and #1 University of Southern Indiana.  The Oaks will also face formidable opponents on their spring break trip to Clearwater, Florida including D-II opponents East Stroudsburg, Lake Erie, and Urbana.  The remaining schedule squares Oakland City off with battles against GLVC foes, Kentucky Wesleyan, Missouri S & T, Drury, St. Joseph’s College, and Missouri-St. Louis.  Brooks C. Pinnick Field will also play host to contests with NAIA opponents Brescia University, Indiana University Southeast, and St. Catharine College.  Head Coach T-Ray Fletcher commented, “The schedule is tough but the challenges will make us a better ball club entering post-season play.”

The Oaks will be led by a strong senior class that has already received pre-season recognition from the Collegiate Baseball publication, citing senior outfielder Harry Turney as a player to watch for the upcoming season and Josh Federico as a newcomer to watch for 2011.

PITCHERS
The 2011 rotation will be hotly contested by a group of pitchers that gained valuable experience in the 2010 season.  Juniors Cody Johnson (New Salisbury, IN) was second on the staff in innings pitched while fellow Junior Gordon VanBibber (Boonville, IN) returned from off-season surgery to finish the season strong. Junior college transfer pitcher Brian Blaydes (Ancilla College) adds another strong left arm to help balance the staff.  Returning senior Mitch Masse should give the staff much needed experience and leadership.  The other spots will be a highly contested battles among sophomores Neal Kunkler (Dale, IN), Logan Clark (Celestine, IN) who led the team in innings pitched last season, Logan Mohr (Ferdinand, IN) and freshman Jared Swan (Largo, IN).  Sophomore Michael Cardinale (Ontario, Canada) will also look to add valuable depth to the bullpen with his steady improvement and toughness.  Rounding out the pitching staff will be the junior starting right hander Chris Stallion, along with freshmen Steffano Bucciol and Alejandro Medina both from Caracas, Venezuela.  Stallion was the leader of the staff early on in 2010 until Tommy John surgery ended his campaign early.  With this pitching staff coach Fletcher states, “While experience can be a tool for a pitcher, we have trained each and every pitcher to be able to perform at the college level.  When our freshmen come into our program, they are freshmen only for the first day.  I expect each guy we send to the mound to be fully prepared to compete and give our ball club a chance to win.”

OUTFIELD
The Mighty Oaks return four outfielders that saw extended play last season, in Jonas Cueche (Barcelona, Venezuela) Lucas Izagas (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Harry Turney (Lansing, Michigan) and Marc Rogier (Ferdinand, IN).  Turney led the team last season in batting average at .415, hits with 54, and tied for a team leading 20 stolen bases.  Rogier gives steady defense and good speed on the bases along with leading the team in 2010 with 43 runs and tying Turney with 20 steals.  Cueche returns for a promising senior season that should give good defense, speed, and a solid bat in the line-up.  Rounding out the other players competing for time in the outfield are two sophomores:  A.J. Beach (Seymour, IN) and Lucas Swartzentruber (Odon, IN).  Each outfielder brings a different element that makes them valuable to not only the defense but the line-up at any given time.  Fletcher adds, “We expect our outfield to make routine plays and play smart and decisive.  Also, each of these guys will be vital to our success on the bases this year because of our offensive philosophy of maintaining a high on-base percentage.”

 INFIELD
The infield will be led by senior transfer from Cleveland State University, Josh Federico (Ontario Canada). “He is a good defensive shortstop and can handle the bat extremely well along with giving us another solid base runner.” states Fletcher.  Also making an early impression is junior transfer from the University of Southern Indiana, Eric Barnes (Evansville, IN).  “Eric will play a vital role in the middle of the lineup and, along with Federico, will sure up the left side of the defense.”  Also returning to compete for time is sophomore Logan Mohr, who led the team in at bats with 141, doubles with 11, home runs with 7, and runs batted in with 41 while hitting .340. Seniors Brian Jones (Spencer, IN), Jorge Tauil (Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela) and freshman Cody Sparks (Solsberry, IN) bring versatility to the infield playing multiple positions.  Second base will see competition between Michael Cardinale, Sophomore Napoleon Salazar (Caracas, Venezuela) and Freshman Rolando Lopez (GTO, Mexico).  Sophomore Alfonso Graterol (Caracas, Venezuela) will continue to develop as an athletic defensive option and a solid bat as he continues to improve with additional reps.  “This is really a talented group of infielders that continue to push each other in their development.  It is exciting to think about the future of each of these players when they compete in 2011,” adds Fletcher.

 CATCHERS
The catching position will be hotly contested by a talented trio of players.  The only returner is junior Jesse Brandt (Stewardson, IL).  Brandt finished last season with a .316 average before minor knee surgery ended his season.  Junior college transfer from Vincennes University Jon Kimbro brings valuable experience to the position after a trip to the NJCAA World Series last season.  Rounding out the Catchers is freshman Dalton Lykins (Hanson, KY).  Lykins joins the Oaks after a record breaking senior season, setting his high school’s single season homerun record with 13.   “A lot of the success that our young pitching staff could have will weigh heavily on these three,” states Fletcher.

“I am extremely excited to get this season started.  We have more talent and depth on this ball club than any club I’ve had in recent years.” States Coach Fletcher

NCCAA Mid-East Regionals are set for May 13-15 and the NCCAA National Tournament will be held in Mason, Ohio May 19-22. 

Jan. 29, 2011 - Former Baseball Standout Brad Wibbeler Inducted into OCU Athletic Hall of Fame

Southridge High School Baseball Coach Brad Wibbeler, a 2001 graduate of Oakland City University, has been elected to the Oakland City University Athletic Hall of Fame, according to a release from the University’s Sports Information office.

A four-year letter winner as a member of the OCU baseball team, Wibbeler was selected as an All-American in 1999 and 2000 as a catcher and stills holds baseball team records for career runs batted in (RBI) with 132 and single season home runs (15).

A career .332 hitter, Wibbeler was twice named to the NCCAA All-Region Team (1999 & 2000) and was also twice named to the NCAA Division  II Second Team North Central All-Region Team (1999 & 2000).

A 1996 graduate of Southridge High School, Wibbeler had his #19 Jersey retired by Oakland City University in a ceremony prior to a baseball contest in 2005.

As a junior in 1999, at Oakland City University, the Huntingburg, Indiana, native hit .392 and hammered out 15 home runs while driving in 58 runners.  As a senior for the Oaks in 2000, Wibbeler batted .384 with 12 home runs and 49 runs batted in, striking out just 14 times in 146 official at bats (he was walked 24 times).

“I can’t imagine a more deserving student/athlete or person than Brad,” stated Oakland City University Baseball Coach T. Ray Fletcher upon learning of Wibbeler’s honor, “He was everything a student/athlete is supposed to be, and now, he is teaching and coaching, as he works to instill these same qualities in the students under his direction in the classroom and the athletic arena at Southridge High School.

“His success is most certainly no surprise to me—there was no doubt in my mind that he would be a success far beyond the baseball field.

“He worked hard every day in the classroom and on the baseball diamond here at Oakland City University, always setting a strong example to his classmates and teammates here at OCU to be the very best possible in all aspects of life.”

Wibbeler will be introduced prior to the start of the men’s basketball contest with Ohio State University-Mansfield during homecoming activities on January 29th.

After the game, Wibbeler will be inducted into the Oakland City University Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet held in his honor at 5:30 p.m. in the University’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Student Center.

Wibbeler and his wife Angie are the parents of a son, Aidan.

 

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

AVG.

RBI

BB

K

SB

SBA

1997

20

63

9

14

5

0

2

.222

7

10

16

0

0

1998

24

71

18

14

2

0

4

.197

18

15

10

1

1

1999

47

148

37

58

8

2

15

.392

58

22

27

4

4

2000

45

146

53

56

12

3

12

.384

49

24

14

8

10

Totals

136

428

117

142

27

5

33

.332

132

71

67

13

15

Nov. 11, 2010 - SETH FARLEY SIGNS FOR BASEBALL AND CROSS COUNTRY

Oakland City University's head baseball coach T-Ray Fletcher announces the early signing of Seth Farley. Set to graduate from St. John Lutheran High School in Ocala, Florida, Seth will join both the baseball and cross country teams in the Fall of 2011. While in high school, Farley has been a four-year starter in both sports.

In baseball, Farley has earned 2010 District Player of the year, two-time All-County Team, four-time Star Banner News Athlete of the Week, two-time team MVP and two-time gold glove winner, all while compiling a .469 batting average with 101 stolen bases, 28 doubles, nine triples, one home run, 80 RBI and 98 runs.

"Seth is very athletic and will fit in well with our style of play," notes Coach Fletcher. "He can play a number of positions, but wants to compete for time behind the plate. I am excited to have him be a part of our program and I think he will be a nice addition next season."

In addition to his expected contribution to the baseball program, Farley will also be running for the Mighty Oaks cross country team. In high school, he was a two-time All-County selection, eight-time Star Banner News Athlete of the Week and four-time St. John Lutheran High School Male Runner of the Year.

Sept. 24, 2010 - ALUMNI GAME SET FOR OCTOBER 16

The Oakland City University baseball alumni game is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, at 12:00 PM CST. The game will be preceded by batting practice and a home-run derby. There will be a cookout for baseball alumni, players and family after the game. For more information, contact Coach Fletcher.