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.

Barons Baseball Team

Head Coach

Abe Ambroza enters his 4th season as the Head Baseball Coach for the Barons. During his tenure he has led the Barons to an ORCC record of 28 wins & 12 losses, and an overall record of 55 wins & 53 losses. In 2010, Ambroza led the Barons to an ORCC East Division Championship and in 2011 to an ORCC 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, 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. He is currently working towards a Master’s Degree while residing in Pandora, OH with his wife Sara.

Barons Roster

Barons Roster
No.NamePos.B/THt.Wt.Yr.Hometown (Prev. School)
1 Justin Bonzani IF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Kettering, OH/Fairmont H.S.
2 Alex Lococo IF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Lacona, NY/Austin H.S.
3 Tony Ward OF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Grove City, Grove City H.S.
4 Trey Ikerd IF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Heltonville, IN/Bedford N. Lawrence H.S.
5 Adam Von Sossan P R/L 5' 10" 150 Freshman Elida, OH/Elida H.S.
6 Jordan Schell OF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Northwood, OH/Northwood H.S.
7 Dylan Clifton-Lorton C R/R 6' 0" 195 Sophomore Toledo, OH/Morrison R. Waite H.S.
8 Cody Fullenkamp C / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Lima, OH/Lima Shawnee H.S.
9 Tyler Blumentritt P R/R 6' 2" 215 Sophomore Loveland, OH/Goshen H.S.
10 Chase Allen P R/R 0' 0" 0 Freshman Heltonville, IN/Bedford N. Lawrence H.S.
12 Brandon Burke SS R/R 6' 3" 180 Sophomore Continental, OH/Continental H.S.
13 Dominic Pestello P / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville H.S.
14 Cody Martin C / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Pierpont, OH/Conneaut H.S.
15 Daniel Ankrum IF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Grove City, Grove City H.S.
16 Ron Stewardson P/U / 0' 0" 0 Freshman London, Ontario, CA/A.B. Lucas Secondary School
18 Jacob Martin P/OF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Cape Coral, FL/Mariner H.S.
19 Wade Verhoff OF / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Defiance, OH/Defiance H.S.
20 Patrick O Brien OF/P / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Howell, MI/Howell H.S.
22 Austin Cobb OF R/R 5' 10" 150 Freshman Ada, OH/Ada H.S.
23 Ryne Jerome C R/R 6' 0" 185 Junior Payne, OH/Wayne Trace H.S.
24 Dylan Stouffer P / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Holgate, OH/Holgate H.S.
25 Joey Schmook 2B L/R 6' 2" 165 Sophomore Parma, OH/Normandy H.S.
27 John Segura Jr U/P / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Northwood, OH/Northwood H.S.
28 Matt Jay C / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Columbus Grove, OH/Columbus Grove H.S.
30 Blake Thornton P / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Batavia, OH/Batavia H.S.
32 Brent Bertke P R/R 6' 6" 180 Sophomore New Bremen,OH/New Bremen H.S.
33 Jeff Sinchak P/C R/R 5' 9" 200 Freshman Chardon, OH/Chardon H.S.
34 Josh Eckert 1B/P / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Loveland, OH/Little Miami H.S.
35 Mazen Kanouh P / 0' 0" 0 Freshman Defiance, OH/Defiance 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

  • 02/22/2014 @ U of the Cumberlands - L, 0-10 & L, 0-10 W-0 & L-2
    02/23/2014 @ Union College (#19 NAIA) - L, 1-17 & L, 6-8 W-0 & L-4
    03/01/2014 @ Alice Lloyd College - L, 4-6 & L, 5-8 W-0 & L-6
    03/02/2014 @ Alice Lloyd College - DH CCD
    03/08/2014 @ Ohio Midwestern College - DH CCD
    03/10/2014 @ Bluefield College - L, 0-13 & 4-17 W-0 & L-8
    03/11/2014 @ Bluefield College - L, 3-11 & 12-13 W-0 & L-10
    03/13/2014 @ Georgia Gwinnett College (#4 NAIA) - L, 3-10 W-0 & L-11
    03/14/2014 @ Georgia Gwinnett College (#4 NAIA) - L, 0-19 & L, 0-8 W-0 & L-13
    03/15/2014 @ Georgia Gwinnett College (#4 NAIA) - L, 3-17 W-0 & L-14
    03/19/2014 VS Lourdes University - 9 INN PPD
    03/20/2014 VS OSU Mansfield - W, 8-6 W-1 & L-14
    03/22/2014 VS Rochester College - L, 2-16 & W, 6-5 W-2 & L-15
    03/23/2014 VS Rochester College - L, 2-9 & L, 9-14 W-2 & L-17
    03/25/2014 @ OSU Mansfield - 7 INN PPD till 4/11
    03/27/2014 VS Ohio Midwestern College - W, 11-1 W-3 & L-17
    04/01/2014 @ OU Chillicothe - W, 7-0 & W, 7-0 W-5 & L-17
    04/03/2014 @ MU Hamilton** - DH PPD till 4/8
    04/05/2014 VS OU Chillicothe** - W, 7-0 & W, 7-0 W-7 & L-17
    04/06/2014 VS MU Middletown** - W, 7-0 & W, 7-0 W-9 & L-17
    04/08/2014 @ MU Hamilton** - L, 1-11 & L, 0-10 W-9 & L-19 (ORCC W-0 & L-2)
    04/09/2014 FACULTY/STAFF/STUDENT BODY GAME - 7 INN PPD till 4/14
    04/10/2014 VS Wright State Lake** - W, 12-4 W-10 & L-19 (ORCC W-1 & L-2)
    04/11/2014 @ MU Middletown - W, 7-0 & W, 7-0 W-12 & L-19
    04/12/2014 VS OSU Mansfield - W, 10-0 & W, 15-3 W-14 & L-19
    04/13/2014 VS OSU Newark - W, 7-3 W-15 & L-19
    04/15/2014 @ Wright State Lake** - 7 INN PPD till 4/26
    04/16/2014 @ Wright State Lake** - L, 1-4 W-15 & L-20 (ORCC W-1 & L-3)
    04/17/2014 VS Wright State Lake** - L, 9-13 W-15 & L-21 (ORCC W-1 & L-4)
    04/19/2014 VS MU Hamilton** - L, 1-7 & L, 2-13 W-15 & L-23 (ORCC W-1 & L-6)
    04/24/2014 VS Lorain CCC - W, 10-4 W-16 & L-23
    04/26/2014 @ Wright State Lake** - L, 7-8 (10 Innings) W-16 & L-24 (ORCC W-1 & L-7)
    04/30/2014 Alumni Game - 7 INN 3:00
    05/02/2014 ORC Tournament VS OSU Newark - W, 2-0 W-17 & L-24
    05/03/2014 ORC Tournament VS OU Lancaster - L, 4-5 W-17 & L-25
    05/04/2014 ORC Tournament VS Wright St. Lake - W, 4-3 W-18 & L-25
    05/05/2014 ORC Tournament VS OU Lancaster - L, 3-8 W-18 & L-26 (2014 ORC Tournament 3rd Place Finish)

     

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.