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Ohio Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Longwood

Jake Rudnicki

March 9, 2014

Game One - Box Score | Game Two - Box Score

FARMVILLE, Va. - The Ohio University baseball team (4-9) split a pair of games Sunday afternoon with Longwood University. The Bobcats captured the first game 9-1, but dropped the finale 5-2 inside Bolding Stadium.

Game 1: Ohio 9, Longwood 1
Freshman Jake Rudnicki (Sandwich, Ill.) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning en route to winning his second decision on the year. Rudnicki finished the game by tossing 7.1 scoreless innings and allowed just two base hits.

Sophomore third baseman John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) and freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Bobcats as they both posted three-hit games. Both Adryan and Longo also clubbed solo home runs.

Junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and redshirt junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) also chipped in for the Bobcats as they both tallied a pair of hits. Black, who made his first appearance of the season in game two of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader, collected his first home run since April 23, 2011.

Ohio took the early lead in the second inning thanks to a solo home run to left field by Adryan. The Bobcats added two more runs in the third frame as Black homered over the left field wall and junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) drove in senior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) from third base.

In the fourth, Longo collected his team-leading second home run of the year to give Ohio a 4-0 lead.

Following a scoreless fourth inning by Longwood, Ohio broke the game open in the fifth as it scored three runs on four hits. Both Longo and Adryan drove in runs for the Bobcats as they increased their lead to 7-0.

Ohio went on to outscore Longwood 2-1 over the final four innings to secure the win.

Game 2: Longwood 5, Ohio 2
Sophomore Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) made his third start of the season in game two and despite logging his first quality start of the year, he suffered the loss. In 6.1 innings of work, Sitz scattered five hits, struck out three and allowed just two earned runs.

Offensively, Ohio was outhit 6-3. Wells, Adryan and freshman Tyler Finkler (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) all tallied hits for Ohio.

Longwood took the early lead as it scored two runs on three hits in the bottom half of the first. Following the Lancers' three-run first, Bobcat pitchers held Longwood to just three hits for the remainder of the game.

Ohio fought back to tie the game in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Finkler, which scored Adryan and freshman Connor Callery (Covington, Ky.). Adryan led off the frame with a single to left center, while Callery followed with a walk.

The Lancers responded in the bottom half of the seventh with three runs on one hit to reclaim the lead 5-3.

Longwood would then hold Ohio without a hit for the final two innings as it went on to secure the win.

Ohio returns to action on Wednesday as it welcomes Marshall to Bob Wren Stadium for its 2014 home opener. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.