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Published 3/15/2005

Owens Express Baseball Opens Home Schedule Against Kellogg Community College, March 18

Owens Express Baseball Team The Owens Community College men's baseball program will open the 2005 home portion of its schedule against Kellogg Community College on Friday, March 18. The game will begin at 1 p.m.

All home games are 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 third year as Head Coach of the Owens men's baseball program after guiding the Express to a conference championship in 2004. 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 Gabe Medina of Toledo.

The men's baseball program finished the 2004 campaign with a 20-17 overall record. They also tied with Lakeland Community College for the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship. Owens achieved an 11-5 mark in the OCCAC.

"Our coaching staff is very excited about this season," stated Schultz. "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 another OCCAC championship."

The Express have seven players returning from last year's team, including OCCAC All- Conference and All-Academic selection David Quiroga of Toledo (Waite H.S.). In 2004, the sophomore infielder led the team with 38 hits, recorded 25 runs and compiled a .355 batting average.

Schultz's squad also returns Mike Shaneck of Northwood (Northwood H.S.) and Derek Kozlowski of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.). Shaneck, a sophomore outfielder, led the team with 28 runs and compiled a .360 batting average. His postseason honors included being named to the OCCAC All-Conference and All-Academic teams. Kozlowski is a sophomore pitcher. In 2004, he posted a 3-3 record for the Express.

Other returning sophomore student-athletes include Tony Finley of Mansfield, pitcher (Ontario H.S.); Chad McCullough of Sandusky, infielder (Bellevue H.S.); Alex Frank of Toledo, infielder (Start H.S.), and Tom Hunyor of Maumee, pitcher (Maumee H.S.).

First-year players to the Express men's baseball program are Jeff Hartwig of Toledo, infielder (Bowsher H.S.); Brett Tscherne of Oregon, pitcher (Clay H.S.); Ross Graham of Oregon, outfielder (Clay H.S.); Peter Seitz of Naples, Fla., pitcher (Naples H.S.); Noel Graham of Oregon, outfielder (Clay H.S.); Drew Linder of Bellevue, pitcher (Bellevue H.S.); Adam Blachuta of Wayne, pitcher/outfielder (Elmwood H.S.); Evan Calvin of Perrysburg, infielder (Perrysburg H.S.); Austin Taylor of Toledo, catcher (St. Francis de Sales H.S.); Mike Ramlow of Maumee, pitcher (Maumee H.S.); Thomas Arvay of Toledo, infielder (Start H.S.); Jeff Telmanik of Maumee, catcher (Anthony Wayne H.S.); Nicholas Janowicz of Lambertville, Mich., pitcher (Bedford H.S.), and Cody Myers of Fremont, infielder (Fremont Ross H.S.).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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.


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