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Ohio Defeats Western Michigan, 5-3

Jake Roehn

March 28, 2014

Box Score

ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman starter Jake Roehn worked 8.0 innings and did not allow an earned run as he led the Ohio University baseball team (5-17; 1-3 MAC) to a 5-3 win over Western Michigan (10-12; 1-3 MAC) Friday night at Bob Wren Stadium.

Roehn's (Sandwich, Ill.) 8.0-inning performance marked the second time this season he has worked past the seventh inning. He finished the game with four strikeouts, scattered four hits and walked just three batters as he picked up his second win on the year.

Without allowing an earned run, Roehn dropped his earned run average from 4.88 to 3.89 during his 122-pitch outing.

Fellow freshman Corey Wells (Lexington, Ky.) came on in the ninth to register his team-best third save of the year. In the ninth, Wells struck out a pair and held the Broncos to just one hit in the final frame.

Western Michigan entered the game, averaging 9.0 hits per game, but the Bobcats held the Broncos to just five hits on the night. In addition, second baseman Kurt Hoekstra had his 17-game hitting streak come to end as he went 0-for-5. Coming into Friday night's game, Hoekstra had the second-longest active streak in the nation.

Offensively for Ohio, freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) went 3-for-5 as he extended his hitting streak to six games and in the process collected his 10th multiple hit game on the year. Six other Bobcats finished the night with two hits. Redshirt junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) also chipped in with a pair of runs scored.

As a team, Ohio tied a season best with 16 hits.

Ohio never trailed in the game. The Bobcats opened the scoring in the top half of the first as it plated one run on four hits.

Ohio struck again in the fourth as it scored three more runs to extend its lead to 4-1. Junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), who made his 127th-consecutive start, and sophomore John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) both collected RBI in the inning.

Western Michigan cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the inning as it scored three runs on two hits to make the score 4-3. The Broncos capitalized on three Ohio errors in the inning.

Ohio added another run in the fifth thanks to a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play that plated senior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) from third, which gave Ohio a 5-3 lead.

Neither team would score for the remainder of the game as Ohio would go on to secure the win.

The Bobcats and Broncos return to action tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium.