Aquinas College has built a successful baseball program over the last 45 years under head coaches Terry Bocian and Doug Greenslate. The Saints have enjoyed playoff berths just about every season in the last two plus decades, but this year will be a rare exception.
The Saints were swept by the University of Northwestern Ohio over the weekend, and have since dropped two more games to Indiana Tech, officially eliminating Aquinas from the postseason. The Saints are now 8-24 (8th) in the Wolverine-Hoosier athletic conference.
Coach Greenslate’s team came into the season as a team to watch, but an early injury to star outfielder Casey Wila stacked the deck against the Saints. Wila would miss most of the season after breaking his femur sliding into second base against Davenport.
Aquinas got solid performances from third baseman MJ Oshinski, right fielder/ catcher Tyler Davis, shortstop Patrick Giddings, center fielder Tanner Lung, relief pitcher Brandon Melchert, and starting pitcher Nick Eely. Eely headlined the Saints’ pitching staff, and carried a stellar ERA of 0.99 before giving up three earned runs against NW Ohio. Eely was named the WHAC pitcher of the week in week 8.
All of the players listed, with the exception of Davis, will graduate this year, leaving the Saints with a plethora of holes to fill.