SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Ohio baseball team (2-1) earned its first two wins of the 2018 on Saturday (Feb. 17) at Lexington County Stadium, sweeping a doubleheader over Rider (1-2) by scores of 10-2 and 6-5.
Redshirt senior right-hander Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) closed out the game two victory, earning his 23rd career save to break the program record, which was previously held by Chad Reed (22; 1989-92).
The Bobcats pounded out 15 hits en route to their first triumph of the new season.
The top five hitters in Ohio's order produced multi-hit games. Junior center fielder Devon Garcia (Bowling Green, Ky.) went 3-for-5 with a triple, a walk and two runs scored. Redshirt senior catcher Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Junior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and three walks. Redshirt right-handed starting pitcher Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) helped his cause with a double, a single, two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior third baseman Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) tallied a triple, a single, an RBI and two runs scored.
The Bobcats had a 5-0 lead after five innings thanks in large part to plating four runs in the top of the fifth. Ohio added five more runs to its total over the eighth and ninth innings.
Klein picked upthe win on the mound, fanning five over 4.2 scoreless frames of work. He allowed three hits.
The Bobcats broke a four-all tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Redshirt freshman catcher Dan McCauley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led off the frame with a walk, then moved to third one out later on a base hit by Garcia. After Garcia advanced to second on a Rider miscue, McCauley broke the deadlock when he scored on a wild pitch. Garcia then upped Ohio's lead to 6-4 on a double to left by sophomore shortstop Trevor Hafner (Perrysburg, Ohio).
Rider got a run back in the top of the seventh, but Ohio was able to hold on for the win. Roehn threw the final 1.2 frames, striking out five while allowing just one hit. Senior righty Logan Jacik (Omaha, Neb.) was credited with the win after throwing one scoreless frame of relief.
Hafner led the Bobcats with a 3-for-5 effort that included a double, an RBI and a run scored. Freshman second baseman Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished 2-for-4 with his first career home run. Garcia tallied two singles and scored a run.
Ohio looks to win the weekend series when it takes on Rider on Sunday (Feb. 18). First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.