Weather played havoc on what was supposed to be the first weekend of NCAC divisional play. Only two league games were contested all weekend as Wabash swept a NCAC West Division doubleheader against Wittenberg in Springfield on Sunday afternoon. There are three makeup doubleheaders scheduled for today (3/31) and one for Tuesday (4/1), while league teams will return to the diamond for regularly scheduled divisional series this weekend. Be sure to check the baseball page on the NCAC website throughout the week for the latest schedule updates.
North Coast baseball teams will conclude spring break training trips this week with Oberlin (0-0, 3-3) playing games in Tucson, Arizona, through Wednesday (3/26) . Following the Yeomen’s arrival home, the conference portion of the schedule begins this weekend with four divisional series on the schedule. In the East, Wooster (0-0, 8-4) hosts Kenyon (0-0, 8-6) and Oberlin entertains Hiram (0-0, 3-6), while West matchups include Denison (0-0, 3-7) hosting DePauw (0-0, 2-7) and Wabash (0-0, 5-6) traveling to Wittenberg (0-0, 3-6).
The southern swing continued in North Coast baseball last week with Allegheny (0-0, 5-2), Denison (0-0, 1-4), Hiram (0-0, 3-6), Kenyon (0-0, 8-6), Ohio Wesleyan (0-0, 5-3), Wabash (0-0, 5-4), Wittenberg (0-0, 3-5) and Wooster (0-0, 4-3) all in action on spring break trips. Oberlin remains the only league team to not play a game due to inclement weather in Ohio, but the Yeomen are scheduled to kick off the 2014 campaign on Tuesday with a home doubleheader against Ohio Northern.
The majority of NCAC baseball action last week was played by Kenyon on its spring break trip in Fort Myers, Florida, while Hiram, Wittenberg and Wooster all kicked off their spring break trips in the sunshine state on Sunday. The Lords posted a 6-2 record last week with wins coming against Northland (6-4 & 16-11), St. John’s, 11-5, Ohio Northern, 4-3, Monmouth, 7-3, and Swarthmore, 7-6.
Six of the 10 North Coast baseball teams have kicked off their 2014 seasons, while the remaining four are all set to open the season in the week ahead. Allegheny and Wabash both have five games under their belts with identical 3-2 records against non-conference opponents, while Ohio Wesleyan opened its season on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Christian.