ATHENS, Ohio - Junior right-hander Seth Streich pitched a complete game to lead the Ohio University baseball team (22-17,11-4) to a 4-1 victory over Buffalo to complete a three-game sweep over the Bulls Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
Ohio's series victory was its fourth-consecutive series win in MAC play. The last time Ohio won four straight conference series was in 2009. Ohio has won eight of its last 10 games overall and nine of its last 11 contests in league play.
Streich's complete-game victory marked the fourth time this season a Bobcat starter has gone the distance. Over the weekend, Ohio limited Buffalo to just eight runs. Buffalo came into the game averaging just over seven runs per game.
The junior captain finished the game, allowing one run on four hits while striking out 10 batters to pick up his third win of the season. His 10 strikeout performance marked the second time this season, Streich has struck out 10-or-more batters. Earlier this season, he struck out 12 batters against IPFW.
Buffalo starter Michael Burke would take the loss dropping his record to 3-5.
The offense was led by senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak,Wash.) also chipped in with an RBI as well.
Ohio would get on the board early in the first thanks to a RBI single in left field by Madsen, which drove in senior Jensen Painter (Willshire,Ohio). Painter got on base as he tripled to centerfield to extend his on-base streak to 39, making it every game this year.
The Bobcat offense put up three more runs in the bottom of the second courtesy of an RBI single by Newton, a passed ball and a bases loaded walk drawn by Schmidt, but left the bases loaded.
Ohio struggled offensively for the remainder of the game as it managed just one hit for the remainder of the game.
The Bulls were held in check as well as they managed just three hits for the remainder of the game. Buffalo threatened to score multiple times in the game, leaving at least two runners on base three time, but came away with just one run.
Buffalo added one run in the top of the seventh to make the count 4-1, but that was all the Bulls would get as the Bobcats improved to 20-1 when leading after seven innings.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to Eastern Kentucky. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.