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Ohio Baseball Bashes Five Home Runs, Knocks Off High Point

Ohio Baseball Bashes Five Home Runs, Knocks Off High Point

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By Mike Ashcraft

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Ohio baseball team (10-6) belted a season-high five home runs en route to an 11-7 victory over host High Point (8-8) on Wednesday (March 14) at Williard Stadium.

The Bobcats have now won six of their last seven games.

Four players went yard for Ohio in the win over the Panthers. Senior third baseman Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) led the way with a pair of home runs. Also going deep for the Bobcats were redshirt senior designated hitter Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), sophomore left fielder Tanner Piechnick (Canonsburg, Pa.) and redshirt sophomore right fielder Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.). Junior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) finished 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. He has now posted a team-high nine multi-hit efforts this season. Redshirt senior catcher Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Junior center fielder Devon Garcia (Bowling Green, Ohio) also recorded a double and a single.

Ohio opened the scoring up with a five-run top of the second inning. Piechnick was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, then Giannini smacked a two-run dinger to left to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Sophomore shortstop Trevor Hafner (Perrysburg, Ohio) then coaxed a walk, and freshman second baseman Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) followed with a single to left. That set the table for Sargent to hit a three-run bomb to left center and make it a five-run advantage for Ohio.

The Panthers retaliated by plating six runs in home half of the third to take the lead, though. Junior catcher JJ Woodard led off with a home run to left. Redshirt senior designated hitter Daniel Millwee added an RBI double while senior second baseman Hunter Lee and senior right fielder Jordan Sergent each chipped in two-RBI singles.

Piechnick evened the score at six-all for the Bobcats with a one-out solo shot left in the fifth.

Ohio broke the contest open by tallying five more runs in the seventh to take an 11-6 lead. Bredeson got the frame started by coaxing a walk, then scored on a double to left center by Rott. Klein followed by serving up a two-run home run. After Piechnick drew a walk, Giannini homered for the second time -- this one a two-run shot to left.

High Point got a run back in the eighth when Sergent hit a one-out solo home run to left, but that's as close as the Bobcats let the Panthers get.

The Bobcats utilized the services of nine different pitchers, with sophomore southpaw reliever Derek Carr (Newark, Ohio) earning his first win on the mound as a Bobcat. He struck out three over 2.2 innings of work while permitting one earned run on two hits. Redshirt senior right-handed starting pitcher Cory Blessing (Mayfield, Ohio), redshirt freshman lefty Cole Shinsky (Butler, Pa.) redshirt junior righty Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.) and redshirt senior right-hander Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) all threw scoreless innings for Ohio.

Woodard led High Point at the plate with a home run and a double and also walked. Sergent finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs while Millwee went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Harrison Smith took the loss on the mound for the Panthers, dropping to 0-2 on the year. He fanned nine in 4.2 innings of relief but gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks.

Ohio is scheduled to play a three-game series at USC Upstate this weekend in Spartanburg, S.C. The series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Friday (March 16). Game two is slated for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday (March 17). The Sunday (March 17) series finale is set for get underway at 1 p.m. ET.