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Owens Express Baseball Opens Home Schedule Against Grand Rapids Community College, March 20
Owens Community College's men's baseball will open its 2004 home schedule with a doubleheader against Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday, March 20. The first game will begin at 2 p.m.
All home games are doubleheaders and played at the College's Baseball Complex on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission to all home games is free.
Bob Schultz of Toledo returns for his second year as Head Coach of the Owens men's baseball program after guiding the Express to a 38 win season in 2003. Prior to his position as Head Coach, Schultz served as an Express Assistant Coach for five years. His Assistant Coaches are John LoCascio of Toledo and Scott Tucker of Toledo.
The men's baseball program finished the 2003 season with a 38-23 overall record and a 14-6 mark (second place) in the regular season standings of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). The 38 victories mark the highest win total in program history. Owens men's baseball finished the regular season ranked No. 24 in the NJCAA Division II poll.
"Our coaching staff is very excited about this season," Schultz said. "We have a great core group of returning student-athletes and a lot of potential in our first- year players. I expect the hard work and dedication put forth in the preseason to pay off when it comes time to compete for the OCCAC championship."
Schultz added, "The best way we can achieve our goals is by taking each game one at a time."
The Express have 13 players returning from last year's team, including OCCAC All-Conference and All-Academic selection Kyle Leppelmeier of Edgerton (Edgerton High School). In 2003, the sophomore pitcher posted an 8-3 record for the Express.
Schultz's squad also returns Matt Yenrick of Toledo (Waite High School) and Adam Dunn of Toledo (Whitmer High School). Yenrick, a sophomore pitcher and infielder, recorded 48 hits and compiled a .363 batting average, while posting a 7-0 record. His postseason honors included being named to the OCCAC Academic All-Conference team. Dunn is a sophomore infielder. Named the team's Golden Glove recipient, he recorded 47 hits and had 49 runs in 2003. Dunn also earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors. In addition, Scott Zaciewski of Toledo (Whitmer High School) returns to the Express after tying for the team lead with eight homeruns and posting 51 RBIs. Zaciewski was an OCCAC Academic All-Conference selection.
Other returning sophomore student-athletes include Tony Finley of Mansfield, pitcher (Ontario High School); Matt Dedeluk of Monroe, Michigan, catcher (Monroe High School); Todd Schumaker of Ottawa, outfielder and pitcher (Ottawa-Glandorf High School); Matt Guerrero of Oregon, pitcher (Clay High School); Nick Caputo of Toledo, pitcher (St. Francis de Sales High School); Todd Wells of Shelby, pitcher (Shelby High School); Roc Roytek of Toledo, pitcher and first base (Start High School); Zachary Pettee of Holland, catcher (St. John's Jesuit High School), and Jason Sparks of Whitehouse, outfielder (Anthony Wayne High School).
First-year players to the Express men's baseball program are Jon Reynolds of Millbury, infielder (Lake High School); Chad McCullough of Bellevue, infielder and outfielder (Bellevue High School); Alex Frank of Toledo, second base (Start High School); David Quiroga of Toledo, third base and catcher (Waite High School); Mike Shaneck of Northwood, outfielder (Northwood High School); Kyle Blachuta of Bloomdale, pitcher (Elmwood High School); Tom Hunyor of Maumee, catcher and outfielder (Maumee High School), and Derek Kozlowski of Toledo, pitcher (Whitmer High School).
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo- area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non- credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.