Feb. 16, 2014
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Freshman centerfielder Mitch Longowent 4-for-4 with three RBI in his collegiate debut to lead the Ohio University baseball team (1-0) past Murray State in game one of its doubleheader with the Racers.
Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) also scored a pair of runs, collected a double and stole a base to help the Bobcats rally back from a 6-2 deficit in the fifth inning.
Fellow freshman Tirey Burch (Santa Claus, Ind.) and Nick Bredeson(Bloomfield, Mich.) also chipped in offensively for Ohio as they combined to go 4-for-6 and score a pair of runs.
As a team, Ohio pounded out 16 hits, which marks the third-consecutive game dating back to last year that the Bobcats have posted 10-or-more hits. The `Cats finished the 2013 campaign by posting back-to-back 12-hit games.
Junior Nick Nauracy(Crown Point, Ind.) earned the win for Ohio as he went 3.0 innings of relief and gave up just one hit. Nauracy also struck out a pair and walked just one batter.
Fellow freshman Jake Roehn(Sandwich, Ill.) started the game for Ohio, but lasted just 3.0 innings for Ohio. Roehn was perfect through innings one and two, but was tagged for four runs on four hits in the third, which led to his exit.
Ohio jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but Murray State responded by tallying six runs over the next three innings to take a 6-2 lead at the end of the fifth.
The Racers had Ohio on the ropes as they had the bases loaded with nobody out in the fifth, but MSU could not land the knock out blow. Nauracy came in out of the bullpen to record three-straight outs and navigate the `Cats out of the bases loaded jam.
Two innings later, Ohio fought back to even the count at six runs apiece as it scored four runs on five hits.
In the seventh, Longo gave the Bobcats the lead for good as he singled through the left side, which allowed junior Tyler Wells(Lexington, Ky.) to score from second base, giving Ohio a 7-6 lead that it would not relinquish.
Freshman Corey Wells(Lexington, Ky.) came on to pick up the final out of the eighth inning. He then worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first career save.