ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio baseball team (20-26, 8-13 MAC) suffered a Sunday (May 6) doubleheader sweep at the hands of Ball State (26-20, 13-8 MAC) to wrap up the three-game Mid-American Conference series at Bob Wren Stadium, falling by scores of 15-1 and 11-6.
The Cardinals swept the weekend series from the Bobcats after posting a 4-1 win in the Friday (May 4) series opener.
Ball State's bats pounded out 15 runs on 15 hits and took advantage of four Ohio errors while the Cardinal pitching duo of freshman right-handed starter Drey Jameson and redshirt junior right-handed reliever Evan Marquardt combined to limit the Bobcats to just one earned run on six hits and three walks.
Senior center fielder Colin Brockhouse led the way for the Cardinals, going 5-for-6 with a double, a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored. Junior first baseman John Ricotta went 3-for-5 with a home run, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior second baseman Seth Freed finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Ohio's lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth when freshman center fielder Sebastian Fabik (Lebanon, Ohio) hit a one-out triple to center and later scored on a single to left by junior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.). Fabik's triple marked the Bobcats' only extra-base hit of the contest.
Jameson earned the win on the mound for Ball State to improve to 6-0 on the season. He struck out 12 while permitting one earned run on four hits and two walks over 6.2 frames. Marquardt pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out five while giving up two hits and a walk.
Redshirt senior left-handed starting pitcher Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) suffered the loss on the mound, falling to 4-6 on the year. He struck one out while allowing nine runs -- five of which were earned -- on seven hits and a walk. Senior right-hander Logan Jacik (Omaha, Neb.) and freshman lefty Brett Manis (Port Huron, Mich.) both threw scoreless innings of relief, with Jacik striking out one and walking one and Manis fanning two while giving up one hit.
Ohio tallied 11 hits, with four players posting multi-hit efforts, but stranded 15 runners on base.
The Bobcats seized a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first when sophomore catcher Tanner Piechnick (Canonsburg, Pa.) hit a two-out home run to left -- his seventh home run of the year.
After being retired in order in each of the first three frames, Ball State broke through for a run in the fourth, then added four more in the fifth to take a 5-1 advantage.
The Bobcats made it a one-run game again, though, in the bottom of the fifth. Piechnick led off with a double to left, then redshirt senior right-handed starting pitcher/designated hitter Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) drove him in with a double to left center. Klein advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt fielder's choice that put senior third baseman Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) on base, and redshirt sophomore right fielder Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.) loaded the bases up for Ohio when he reached on a bunt single. One out later, Fabik drew a walk to bump home Klein. Giannini cut Ohio's deficit to 5-4 when he tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by freshman second baseman Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Rott then evened the score for Ohio in the sixth when he hit a mammoth leadoff solo home run to right -- his team-high 11th of the season.
The Cardinals pushed across a run in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, but Ohio tied it again in the home half when Fabik led off with a walk and scored one out later on a single to left by Rott.
Ball State broke the contest open, however, by plating five runs on two hits and an Ohio error in the eighth.
Redshirt senior right fielder Jeff Riedel led the Cardinals at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Junior catcher Chase Sebby finished 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore shortstop Noah Powell doubled, walked, drove in two runs and scored three more. Redshirt freshman designated hitter Tim Blankenberger doubled, drove in two runs and scored another.
Rott went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs to lead Ohio's bats. He posted his team-high 21st multi-hit game of the year. Piechnick finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Fabik went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored. Sargent collected two singles.
Sophomore right-handed reliever Nolan Gazouski was credited with the pitching victory for Ball State, improving to 3-3 on the season. He fanned five while allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks over 3.2 frames.
Redshirt senior right-handed reliever Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) was tagged with the loss on the mound for the Bobcats, falling to 1-4 on the year. He permitted five runs -- three of which were earned -- on three hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. Redshirt senior righty Cory Blessing (Mayfield, Ohio) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, striking out two while allowing one hit.
Ohio wll play its final midweek contest of the 2018 season when it hosts in-state rival Youngstown State on Wednesday (May 9) in a 6 p.m. ET matchup at Bob Wren Stadium.