CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Ohio baseball team (3-4) split a Saturday (Feb. 24) doubleheader with Maine (2-5) at Perfect Game's LakePoint facility, earning a 7-5 victory in game one but falling by a score of 2-1 in game two.
Junior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) went 2-for-4 with a double and his first home run of the 2018 campaign as the Bobcats held on to beat Maine. He also walked, drove in a run and scored three runs. Sophomore shortstop Trevor Hafner (Perrysburg, Ohio) doubled twice and drove in three runs. Redshirt senior designated hitter Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) chipped in a pair of singles.
Game one saw the Bobcats and the Black Bears combine for 24 hits -- including 11 doubles.
Ohio opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning. Junior center fielder Devon Garcia (Bowling Green, Ohio) led the contest off with a single to center, advanced to second on a base hit to left by Bredeson and stole third one out later. Sophomore left fielder Tanner Piechnick (Canonsburg, Pa.) pushed the game's first run across with a double to left that scored Garcia. One out later, Hafner gave the Bobcats a three-run lead when he doubled to left center to bring around both Bredeson and Piechnick.
Maine tallied runs in both the bottom of the first and second to cut Ohio's lead to 3-2, but the Bobcats went back up by three runs thanks to a two-run top of the third. Rott and Piechnick coaxed back-to-back one-out walks, and Rott scored one out later on another double by Hafner. Redshirt sophomore right fielder Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.) then gave Ohio a 5-2 lead courtesy of a single to left center to that scored Piechnick.
Maine got a run back in the home half of the third, but Ohio added a sixth run in the fourth courtesy of Rott's two-out solo shot to left.
The Black Bears closed the gap again, though. Maine scored its fourth run in the bottom of the sixth, then made it a one-out game in the eighth when senior catcher Jonathan Bennett led off with a double to left and scored two outs later on a double to center by redshirt junior second baseman Caleb Kerbs.
The Bobcats gave themselves some breathing room in the top of the ninth when Rott sent a one-out double to center and then scored when senior left fielder Evan Bourn (Overland Park, Kan.) followed with a double of his own to center. Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) then retired the Black Bears in order in home half to close the win out for Ohio and pick up his second save of the year, increasing his career total to a program-record 24.
Redshirt senior right-handed starting pitcher Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) picked up the win on the mound, improving to 2-0 on the year. He struck out three over five frames while giving up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk.
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Nick Silva was saddled with the loss for Maine. He fanned seven but surrendered four earned runs on eight hits and three walks.
Maine took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore right fielder Hernen Sardinas led off the top of the second with a home run to right. Senior center fielder Brandon Vicens made it a two-run lead for the Black Bears in the ninth when he reached on an Ohio error and scored two outs later.
Bourn gave the Bobcats life when he smacked a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth, but redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Geoffrion was able to get a ground out to close out the win for Maine.
Senior southpaw starting pitcher Butch Baird (Big Prairie, Ohio) was tagged with the pitching loss for the Bobcats. He struck out three while giving up two runs -- only one of which was earned -- on four hits and three walks in six innings of work. Junior righty Kenny Ogg (Indianapolis, Ind.) tossed three scoreless innings of relief, striking out two while permitting three hits and a walk.
Sophomore left-handed starting pitcher Trevor DeLaite earned the win for Maine, throwing five scoreless innings. He struck out two while allowing three hits and three walks. Redshirt senior right-hander Zach Winn tossed three scoreless frames of relief, striking out four. He gave up just one hit and one walk.