YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Senior Ethan Newton went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI to lead the Ohio University baseball team (19-17) to a 8-3 victory over Youngstown State Tuesday afternoon at Eastwood Field.
Newton (Norfolk, Va.) extended his hitting streak to a season-best 14 games and stole a game-high three games to give him 41 for his career, moving him into second place all time. Newton needs just one more steal to tie the all-time record.
Freshmen Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in offensively as the combined to go 5-for-9 with three RBI and four runs scored.
Gaertner finished the game by going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. His two RBIs came in the fourth inning as he connected on his first career home run. Wells went to 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Ohio sophomore Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) picked up the win after he threw 2.1 innings and improved to 3-0 on the year. Kennedy came on in relief of starter Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio), who went 4.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs.
As a team, Ohio outhit Youngstown State 11-10. The Bobcats have collected 10-or-more hits in 17 of its last 23 games.
The Bobcats never trailed in the game. Ohio took the early lead as it scored one run in the first inning. Newton scored the first run of the game as he came all the way around from first following a double down the left field line.
Ohio struck again in the fourth thanks to Gaertner's home run over the richt wall, which made the count 3-0.
Youngstown State responded as it loaded the bases in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but only managed three runs in those innings. Despite leaving seven runners on base during innings four through six, the Penguins were able to tie the game at three runs apiece, but that was all YSU would get for the remainder of the game.
Ohio would go on to score one run in the seventh and three in the eighth and one in ninth to secure the win. All three of the Bobcats runs in the eighth came with two outs. Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) had the key hit the eighth as he drove in Newton and Wells with a double down the left field line. Painter has got on base in every game this season
The Bobcats return to action on Friday as it welcomes Buffalo to Bob Wren Stadium at 6 p.m.