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Ohio Defeats Georgia Southern, 3-2

Scott White

Feb. 28, 2014

Box Score

STATESBORO, Ga. - Freshman right-hander Jake Roehn struck out nine to lead the Ohio University baseball team (3-4) to a 3-2 win over Georgia Southern (7-2) Friday night at J.I. Clements Stadium.

"This is a really big win for us," said head coach Rob Smith. "I'm really really proud of our guys effort. I liked what I saw even when we got into some trouble. I really like the poise they showed. Nobody seemed overwhelmed and as a coach that really gives you a lot of confidence."

Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) worked 6.0 innings, limited the Eagles to just four hits and allowed just one earned run to pickup his first career win in the Green and White.

"Jake (Roehn) went out tonight and was really good with his composure," Smith said. "He showed why we believe in him in that Friday slot."

With the win, Ohio snapped Georgia Southern's six-game winning streak and handed the Eagles their first home loss this season. As a team, Ohio outhit the Eagles 10-5.

Freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) continued his strong play at the plate as he 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also increased his hitting streak to seven games.

Senior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) and junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also turned in strong performances at the plate as both players collected a pair of hits. Wells drove in a run and White scored a pair of runs.

Ohio never trailed in the contest. The Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning as Longo came in to score following a Georgia Southern error. Longo led off the inning with a double down the left field line.

The Bobcats increased their lead to 2-0 in the third as White came into score from third. White led off the frame with a double into left center field. Two innings later, White came into score again following an RBI single up the middle by Wells.

Georgia Southern added runs in the fifth and seventh to cut Ohio's lead to one, but the Eagles would get no closer. In the ninth, the Eagles put the tying run on third base, but junior Jeremy Cronk (North Plans, Ore.) earned the save after he got Chase Griffin to fly out. Cronk's save was his first of the year.

Ohio returns to action tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. as it takes on SIU-Edwardsville in Statesboro, Ga. Freshman Jake Rudnicki duals with SIUE's Ryan Daniels.