ATHENS, Ohio - Senior pitcher Brent Choban threw his second complete game of the season to lead the Ohio University team (17-16,7-3) to its sixth-consecutive conference victory Friday night, defeating Ball State (7-24, 3-7) 6-1 at Bob Wren Stadium.
Choban (Rittman, Ohio) improved his record to 5-2 giving up six hits and just one earned run. Ball State sophomore T.J. Weir would take the loss and fell to 1-6 on the year. In 2011, Choban has pitched no less than six innings in each of his nine appearances.
Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfold, Va.), freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), and sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) led the Bobcats' offense going a combined 6-for-12 with five RBI. Freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) would chip in with an RBI as well going 1-for-3.
As a team, Ohio outhit Ball State 10-6 and in the processed collected 10-or-more hits for the 16th time in its last 21 games.
Ball State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth off a sac-fly from Blake Beemer scoring Ball State's only run of the game.
The Bobcat Offense would get going in the bottom of the seventh as Newton would single in Black to even the game at 1-1. Ohio would later take the lead thanks to a Madsen's single up the middle, which scored Wells and Newton, while advancing senior Jensen Painter (Willshire,Ohio) to third. Painter got on base for the 33rd-consecutive game after he was hit by a pitch.
Ohio's offense continued the attack scoring three more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Freshman Cody Gaertner(Allison Park, Pa.) scored from a sac-fly by Black, Newton would single in freshman Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) and Tyler Wells doubled up the middle to plate Newton. Ohio finished the evening with five two out base hits.
Ohio's 7-3 start in conference play marks its best start since the 2009 team started 9-3 in the MAC. That team would finish the year 29-24 and 19-8 in the MAC
Newton picked up his team-leading 14th stolen base Friday night and his 34 career swipe, which moved him into seventh place all time at Ohio.
Ohio returns to action Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium for game two of its three-game series with Ball State. Senior Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) takes the mound for the Cats. In three starts at home this season, Moulton has an ERA of 0.48.