GREENVILLE, N.C. - Freshman Jake Miller worked 8.0 innings and gave up just one earned run to lead the Ohio University baseball team (1-4) to its first win of the 2013 season as it dominated Boston College (1-4) 8-1 Saturday night inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium to conclude play in the 2013 Keith LeClair Classic.
Miller (Westerville, Ohio), who was making just his second career collegiate start was very sharp as he allowed just three hits and just one walk to earn his first career win.
Offensively, every Ohio starter recorded a hit as he tied a season-high with 13 hits, while its 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 6-for-15 with four runs and four RBI. Junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio), sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) all tallied a pair of hits.
Ohio also showcased a strong power game as Madsen and sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each blasted home runs. Prior to tonight's game, Ohio had not registered a home run.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the first inning thanks to a single into centerfield by Wells, which brought in Black from second base. Black got on base after he singled up the middle.
In the third inning, Ohio put up four runs on six hits to increase its lead to 5-0. Senior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) got the inning started with a single through the left side. Two batters later, freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) doubled to right center field, advancing Schmidt to third. Black followed with a single through the left side to drive in both Squires and Schmidt. Two batters later, Gaertner singled into center field, which drove in Black and Madsen.
The `Cats added another run in the fifth thanks to a solo home run over the right field wall by Madsen, which made the count 6-0. In the sixth, Ohio tacked on another run thanks to a single up the middle by Otto, which plated freshman John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) from third. Adryan reached base after he doubled to left centerfield.
In the eighth, Nikithser added the `Cats final run of the evening as he drilled a home run down the left field line. Prior to his eighth-inning at bat, Nikithser was the only Bobcat, who had not recorded a hit.
Boston College's lone run came in the eighth inning off the bat of Stephen Sauter as he hit a solo home run over the right field wall.
Ohio returns to action on Friday, March 1 as travels back to North Carolina to face off against Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. The Bobcats' matchup with Virginia Tech will mark the first of a three-game stretch where they will also play Rhode Island (March 2) and Massachusetts (March 3).