ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (7-24) defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels by a final score of 10-3 at Bob Wren Stadium Wednesday night.
Every Bobcat played a role in the offense as every batter reached base, eight got at least one hit and seven scored a run. 'Cats also scored nine RBI from four different players.
Senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.), sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and sophomore left fielder Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Jake Madsen combined for 10 hits and eight RBI. Wells is now just seven hits shy of 100 for his career.
Senior right-hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W.Va.) worked 1.1 innings as he made his first career start, giving up one hit, one walk and struck out two. Barber also earned his first win of the season with help from five other pitchers. The six Ohio pitchers allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Ohio broke into the scoring with two runs in the first inning. The first run was scored by sophomore center fielder Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) who walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on an error by the shortstop Matt Phipps and then scored off a sacrifice fly to left by Wells. Nick Squires' run in the first was his team-leading 22nd run scored of the season. Senior catcher J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the second run after reaching base safely by Phipps error earlier in the inning. He then moved to second off a walk and would later come in to score courtesy of a single to left by senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.).
The Bobcats tacked on five more runs in the third (7-0) thanks to five hits. Gaertner, Schmidt and senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) all drove in runs for Ohio in the frame. Otto finished the day, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Eastern Kentucky got on the scoreboard in the fourth with three runs of their own (7-3). Outside of the fourth, Ohio's defense allowed only five hits in eight scoreless innings. Defensively, Ohio had a clean sheet as it did not commit an error the fifth time this season.
Ohio extended its lead in the sixth with two more runs (9-3) off three hits. The 'Cats also plated another run (10-3) in the eighth to solidify the victory.
Ohio will look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season Friday as it plays host to Akron for a three-game weekend series at Bob Wren Stadium.