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Ohio Baseball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader From Nebraska Omaha

Ohio Baseball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader From Nebraska Omaha

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By Mike Ashcraft

Box Score Game 1 (PDF) | Box Score Game 2 (PDF)

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Ohio baseball team (6-5) used solid pitching and timely hitting to sweep a Saturday (March 3) doubleheader from Nebraska Omaha (3-7) by scores of 4-1 and 5-2 at Perfect Game's LakePoint facility.

The Bobcats bounced back from a tough 6-5 loss to to the Mavericks in the series opener on Friday (March 2).

Game 1
Ohio plated the game's first run in the top of the first inning when redshirt senior designated hitter Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) singled to right field, moved to second when junior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) drew a one-out walk and then scored on a two-out single to left by sophomore catcher Tanner Piechnick (Canonsburg, Pa.).

Redshirt senior left-handed starting pitcher Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) rendered Nebraksa Omaha scoreless over the first six innings, allowing just one hit while the Mavericks managed to put just three men on base. The Mavericks tied the score in the bottom of the seventh, though, when junior center fielder Thomas DeBonville led off with a base hit to left and then scored two outs later on a single to center by sophomore third baseman Cole Thibodeau.

After both teams stranded runners in the eighth, the Bobcats used some two-out magic to plate three in the ninth and take a 4-1 lead. Freshman second baseman Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) got the rally going with a two-out double to right field. Sophomore shortstop Trevor Hafner (Perrysburg, Ohio) put Ohio back in front by scoring Levy courtesy of a single to right. Redshirt sophomore right fielder Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.) then provided the Bobcats with insurance with one swing of his bat, belting a two-run home run to left to give Ohio a three-run lead.

Redshirt senior right-handed closer Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) entered in the bottom of the ninth and retired to the side to seal the victory, picking up his third save of the season and program-record 25th of his career.

Salisbury earned his first win on the mound of the year, fanning four over eight innings while giving up just one earned run on four hits and a walk.

Piechnick led Ohio at the plate with a double, a single and an RBI. Hafner added a pair of singles, drove in a run and scored another.

DeBonville was the lone Maverick to tally multiple hits with a pair of singles. 

Redshirt freshman right-handed starting pitcher Joey Machado worked seven frames for Nebraska Omaha, totaling seven strikeouts while permitting one earned run on five hits and two walks. Junior southpaw reliever Andrew Brighton was saddled with the pitching defeat after surrendering three earned runs on four hits in two innings.

Game 2
The Mavericks struck first with a run in the top of the second. Junior first baseman Braden Rogers led off with a single to center and then scored one out later on a base hit to left by sophomore shortstop Keil Krumwiede. The Bobcats responded with two runs of their own in the home half, though. Ohio received three-straight one-out singles from Hafner, Levy and junior center fielder Devon Garcia (Bowling Green, Ohio). Sargent brought around Hafner and Levy by doubling to left, putting the Bobcats in front, 2-1.

Junior right fielder Ben Palensky tied the ballgame at two-all in the fourth for Nebraksa Omaha with a two-out solo home run to left. Ohio wasted little time regaining the advantage, though. Levy led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right, and Garcia followed with a single to left. One out later, redshirt freshman catcher Dan McCauley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) delivered his first career home run -- a three-run shot to left that made it a 5-2 lead for the Bobcats.

Senior southpaw starting pitcher Butch Baird (Big Prairie, Ohio) kept the Mavericks off the scoreboard by enducing double plays in both the fifth and sixth innings. Redshirt senior right-handed reliever Cory Blessing (Mayfield, Ohio) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh by getting junior designated hitter Grant Suponchick to fly out to left for the third out. Freshman right-hander Chace Harris (New Marshfield, Ohio) then entered in the eighth and earned his first career save by retiring the side in his first inning of work and then working around a single and a walk in the ninth to shut the door on Nebraska Omaha.

Garcia collected three singles and scored a run to lead Ohio's bats. Levy also recorded a multi-hit game thanks to two singles. He also scored two runs.

Baird earned his first pitching victory of the season. He struck out four while giving up two earned runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. 

Junior right-handed starting pitcher Cal Hehnke took the loss for Nebraska Omaha after giving up five earned runs on eight hits in four innings. He struck out two.

Ohio looks to earn its first series win of the 2018 campaign when it takes on Nebraska Omaha in the Sunday (March 4) finale. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m. ET.