Mens Baseball

Policy and Information

Barons Sports

The Lima Campus has five different sports to choose from: Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Baseball, and Men's Golf. Our mascot is the BARONS and we are members of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference (O.R.C.C.).

Eligibility

Any Rhodes State student carrying at least 7 hours is eligible to play a sport. Students must also carry at least 7 hours during the semester in which they wish to participate in the sport. All that the student needs to do to become part of a sports team is to meet the preceding requirements and tryout for the team of interest. Tryout dates will be posted around the campus. We look for student athletes interested in representing the Lima campus, the team and themselves with respect and dignity. Athletics are a privilege and school is a priority. Information is available in Cook Hall Room 105.

Conference

The Barons participate in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC). Other member conference schools are Ohio State Newark campus, Miami-Hamilton, Miami-Middletown, Akron-Wayne campus, Wright State Lake, OU-Lancaster, OU-Chillicothe, OU-Eastern and OU-Zanesville. The Barons compete against other members of the ORCC, as well as members of the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, and the USCAA.  

Head Coach

Abe Ambroza enters his 6th season as the Head Baseball Coach for the Barons. During his tenure he has led the Barons to a record of 66 wins and 35 losses vs ORCC opponents, and an overall record of 82 wins & 90 losses. In 2014 Ambroza’s Barons received 8 ORCC recognitions for 1st Team, 2nd Team, and All Academic Honors! The 2014 season was highlighted by a 3rd place finish in the ORC Tournament as well as big regular season wins over NAIA foe Rochester College and USCAA member Ohio Midwestern.

Career highlights for Ambroza during his tenure as Head Coach of the Barons are the 2010 ORCC East Division Championship and the 2011 ORC Tournament Runner Up finish. The 2010 Championship was the first ORCC Championship for Barons Baseball since 1993.

Ambroza came to the Barons after spending 2 years as an assistant at his Alma Mater, Central Michigan University from 2005 to 2007. Ambroza also served as the Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach at Loyola University of New Orleans for the 2004/05 season. During his summers, Ambroza has amassed additional coaching experience serving as an assistant coach for the Lima Locos, a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League for two summers as well as heading a Connie Mack team based in Mt. Pleasant, MI called the Central Michigan Stars whom reached the U.S. semifinals during his second season at the helm.

Ambroza split his college years between Ohio Northern University, where he lettered his freshman and sophomore years, and with Central Michigan University where he was a member of the 1999 Chippewas. Ambroza ended his collegiate career serving as a player/coach of the CMU Club Baseball program in 2001, which made it to the Inaugural National Club Baseball Association World Series in Syracuse, NY, where they fell in their semifinal matchup with the Baseball Club from the University of Texas.

Ambroza is from Rushmore, OH, and is a graduate of Columbus Grove High School. Ambroza also is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Studies. Coach Ambroza likes to stay active in his community as he is currently a member of the Lima Breakfast Optimists.

Barons Roster 

No.NamePos.B/THt.Wt.Yr.Hometown (Prev. School)
1 Johnny Schmook OF L/R 6' 2" 185 Freshman Parma, OH/Normandy H.S.
2 Justin Bonzani SS R/R 5' 11" 170 Sophomore Kettering, OH/Fairmont H.S.
3 Austin Leigh IF L/R 5' 11" 155 Freshman Cincinnati, OH/Finneytown H.S.
4 Kyle Edgin IF R/R 6' 0" 160 Freshman Lewisburg, OH/Tri-County North H.S.
5 Cade Harvey IF R/R 5' 6" 160 Freshman Payne, OH/Wayne Trace H.S.
6 Jacob Empie OF/P / 6' 2" 185 Freshman Toledo, OH/Cardinal Stritch Catholic H.S.
7 Dylan Clifton-Lorton C R/R 6' 0" 190 Junior Toledo, OH/Morrison R. Waite H.S.
8 Cody Fullenkamp C B/R 5' 6" 170 Sophmore Lima, OH/Lima Shawnee H.S.
9 Tyler Blumentritt P R/R 6' 2" 225 Junior Loveland, OH/Goshen H.S.
10 Kavion Milligan OF R/R 5' 10" 205 Freshman Lima, OH/Perry H.S.
12 Wade Verhoff OF/P R/R 6' 0" 175 Sophomore Defiance, OH/Defiance H.S.
13 Dominic Pestello P L/L 6' 0" 160 Sophomore Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville H.S.
14 Derek Ketchum OF L/R 5' 10" 170 Freshman Lima, OH/Allen East H.S.
15 Nick Guisinger OF R/R 5' 9" 175 Freshman Kalida, OH/Kalida H.S.
16 Josh Verhoff P R/R 5' 10" 185 Freshman Columbus Grove, OH/Columbus Grove H.S.
17 Dustin McReynolds P R/R 5' 10" 190 Freshman Enon, OH/Greenon H.S.
18 Hunter Weis P L/L 5' 11" 200 Freshman Lima, OH/Bath H.S.
19 Austin Thomas iF/P R/R 6' 2" 205 Freshman Coloma, MI/Watervliet H.S.
20 Shannon Conway Jr OF/P R/R 6' 2" 220 Freshman Cleveland, OH/Bedford H.S.
22 Austin Cobb P R/R 5' 9" 165 Sophomore Ada, OH/Ada H.S.
23 Ryne Jerome 1B/C R/R 6' 0" 195 Senior Payne, OH/Wayne Trace H.S.
25 Joey Schmook 2B L/R 6' 2" 180 Junior Parma, OH/Normandy H.S.
27 John Segura Jr 1B L/R 6' 2" 240 Sophomore Northwood, OH/Northwood H.S.
31 Alan Ogle P L/L 5' 10" 155 Freshman Lima, OH/Perry H.S.
32 Jacob Williams P R/R 6' 1" 190 Freshman Charleston, WV/Capital H.S.
33 Jeff Sinchak P/C R/R 5' 10" 195 Sophomore Chardon, OH/Chardon H.S.

Head Coach: Abe Ambroza 419-995-8607
Bench Coach: Barry Ambroza
Assistant Coach: Jerry Beard
Assitant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator: Mike Jerome 419-789-9403
Athletic Coordinator: Rob Livchak 419-995-8281

Barons Schedule


 

Barons – Overall Record 15 – 19, ORCC West Record 7 – 8, Record vs all ORCC Teams 10 – 8

·         Feb 20 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ University of the Cumberlands

·         Feb 21 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ University of the Cumberlands

·         Feb 23 - 3:30pm - Baseball VS Ohio Christian U

·         Mar 1 - 3:00pm - Baseball @ Ohio Christian U

·         Mar 5 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ Alice Lloyd College

·         Mar 6 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ Alice Lloyd College

·         Mar 14 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ Bluefield College

·         Mar 15 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ Bluefield College

·         Mar 17 - 7:00pm - Baseball @ #3 NAIA Georgia Gwinnett College

·         Mar 18 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ #3 NAIA Georgia Gwinnett College

·         Mar 19 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ #3 NAIA Georgia Gwinnett College

·         Mar 24 - 4:00pm - Baseball @ Clark State

·         Mar 26 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ MU Middletown

·         Mar 29 - 3:00pm - Baseball @ Ohio Christian U

·         Mar 31 - 6:00pm - Baseball @ MU Hamilton

·         Apr 3 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ Edison State

·         Apr 5 - 4:00pm - Baseball VS Clark State

·         Apr 6 - 3:00pm - Baseball VS Ohio Christian U

·         Apr 7 - 2:00pm - Baseball VS OSU Mansfield

·         Apr 9 - 1:00pm - Baseball VS OU Lancaster

·         Apr 10 - 1:00pm - Baseball VS Edison State

·         Apr 12 - 2:00pm - Baseball VS Lorain CC

·         Apr 14 - 4:00pm - Baseball VS WSU Lake

·         Apr 16 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ OU Zanesville

·         Apr 17 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ OSU Mansfield

·         Apr 20 - 3:00pm - Baseball VS Ohio Christian

·         Apr 21 - 4:30pm - Baseball VS MU Hamilton

·         Apr 23 - 1:00pm - Baseball VS OU Chillicothe

·         Apr 24 - 1:00pm - Baseball @ WSU Lake - DH 1:00

·         Apr 29 - 11:00am - Baseball @ ORC Tournament Day 1

·         Apr 30 - 11:00am - Baseball @ ORC Tournament Day 2

·         May 1 - 11:00am - Baseball @ ORC Tournament Day 3

·         May 6 - 11:00am - Baseball @ ORC Tournament Semi-Finals

·         May 7 - 11:00am - Baseball @ ORC Tournament Finals

·         May 8 - 11:00am - Baseball @ ORC Tournament Finals (If Necessary)

The Barons compete in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference. O.R.C.C. baseball consists of nine programs. There is a regular season champion as well as a post season tournament held at the end of the year at a chosen host site. The Barons will play 35 to 40 games against ORCC, NCAA, NAIA, and USCAA opponents. Walk on tryouts for the baseball team take place the 2nd week of the Autumn Semester. The season starts late February and ends in mid May. The Barons follow the rules set forth by the NCAA.