ATHENS, OHIO - Freshman right-hander Connor Sitz threw a two-run complete game to lead the Ohio University baseball team (8-26; 4-8 MAC) Sunday en route to a 4-2 victory over the University of Akron at Bob Wren Stadium.
Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) had a strong outing as he gave up seven hits, no walks and struck out one, which marked his first career. His complete game also was the first for Ohio this year. Sitz was efficient in his eighth outing on the year as he threw just 102 pitches.
Offensively, senior third baseman Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) and freshman center fielder Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) led the way for the 'Cats. Otto went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Nick Squires had a hit and three RBI.
The Bobcats struck first with a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) got the inning start with a single to short. He then moved into scoring position at third base following a single up the middle by senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.). Fellow senior Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) came up next and drove in Wells to pick up the RBI.
Both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth inning. Akron tied the game (1-1) in the top of the fifth though with a run of its own.
Ohio broke up the tie in the bottom of the frame with two runs to take a 3-2 lead. Second baseman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) got the inning started as he singled up the middle to extend his on base streak to 13 straight games. Otto followed with a single that moved Squires to second. Both runners advanced a base following a balk by UA starter Matt Larocca. Nick Squires came up next and singled up the middle to drive in in Otto and his twin brother Nate.
Akron cut the lead to one (3-2) in the seventh with a run scored by Anthony Bova, who came in as a pinch runner for Cale Giddings. Giddings reached base following a double to left field. Bova scored on a throwing error by Sitz.
Ohio threatened in the seventh as it loaded the bases with one out, but the Zips ended the threat thanks to a double play that was started by center fielder Devan Ahart. The Bobcats held the Zips from scoring in the eighth. Akron had a man in scoring position, but were unable to cut into the Bobcats lead.
The 'Cats scored another run in the eighth, extending their lead to 4-2. Junior Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas) scored from third base following Nick Squires' third RBI of the afternoon. Geller entered the game as a pinch runner for junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio).
Ohio returns to action Tuesday as it plays host Marshall at Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.