HIGH POINT, N.C. - Sophomore Tyler Wells and junior Taylor Emody combined for six hits to lead the Ohio University baseball team (2-7) to a 10-7 win over High Point Tuesday afternoon at Willard Stadium.
Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and Emody (Milan, Ohio) also combined for two RBI and scored four runs.
Junior lefty Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) picked up the win as he went 4.1 innings, struck out five, allowed just four hits and no runs. Sophomore reliever Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) came on in the eighth and worked two scoreless innings, limiting the Panthers to just one hit.
As a team, Ohio collected a season-high 15 hits, while the Bobcats pitching staff tallied a season-best 10 strikeouts. Ohio's 10 runs scored were also a season-high.
High Point jumped out to the early lead in the bottom half of the first inning thanks to a pair of runs on three hits, which knocked freshman pitcher Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) out of the game. Miller opened the game by making his fourth start of the year. Kennedy came on in relief during the opening frame and recorded a pair of outs to get the `Cats out of the inning.
Ohio responded in the top half of the second as Wells scored on a passed ball from third. Wells reached base as he singled to second. He later advanced to second thanks to a single into right field by Emody. Emody and Wells then advanced into scoring position following a perfectly placed bunt by freshman Alex Corna (Cincinnati, Ohio). Corna finished the day by going 1-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI.
The Bobcats took the lead in the fourth as it plated a pair of runs to take a 3-2 advantage. Wells and Emody highlighted the frame as they tallied back-to-back hits to get the inning going. Both would come into score in the frame thanks to a pair of sacrifice flies by Corna and senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.).
Ohio added two more runs in the fifth to make the count 5-2. Madsen got the inning started as he singled into right field. Wells and Emody followed with back-to-back hits for the third time on the afternoon. Emody's single drove in Madsen from third. Two batters later, senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) drew a bases loaded walk.
High Point fought back with a pair of runs in the sixth to trim Ohio's lead to one at 5-4. The Bobcats responded with three more runs in the seventh to open up a comfortable 8-4 lead. Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and Cody Gaertner each tallied an RBI in the frame.
The Panthers responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, but in the top half of the ninth, Ohio added two more runs to take a 10-7 lead. The first run came off the bat of Schmidt as he drilled a solo home run over the right field wall. Wells also drove in a run as he lined out to left field which drove in Squires from third. Squires reached base as he singled into left field.
In the bottom half of the frame, Cozart retired HPU's 3-4-5 hitters in order to slam the door.
Ohio concludes its two-game set with High Point on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Senior left-hander Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) will take the mound for the `Cats and will face High Point's Ryan Retz.