Junior Conner Callery posted a game-high three singles to help lead the Ohio baseball team to a 5-3 victory over Morehead State (26-20) on Tuesday (May 3) at John
May 3, 2016
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FINAL: Ohio 5, Morehead State 3 -- Morehead, Ky. (John "Sonny" Allen Field)
OHIO STARTERS: Manny De Jesus (CF), Ty Black (SS), Mitch Longo (LF), Rudy Rott (1B), Cody Gaertner (DH), John Adryan (3B), Spencer Ibarra (RF), Anthony Mrosla (C), Conner Callery (2B), Nick Kamrada (P)
MOREHEAD STATE STARTERS: Reid Leonard (SS), Ryan Kent (CF), Will Schneider (RF), Alex Stephens (3B), Tyler Niemann (1B), Trevor Snyder (DH), Niko Hulsizer (LF), Hunter Fain (C), Braxton Morris (2B), Curtis Wilson (P)
The Ohio baseball team (20-23) ran its winning streak to three straight as junior right fielder Spencer Ibarra (Fort Collins, Colo.) belted two solo home runs and junior second baseman Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio) came up with the game-winning, two-RBI double in a 5-3 victory over Morehead State (26-20) on Tuesday (May 3) at John "Sonny" Allen Field in Morehead, Ky.
The win clinched the season series win over the Eagles for the Bobcats. Ohio blew out Morehead State, 15-3, on April 19 at Bob Wren Stadium in the first meeting of the season between the two squads.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Ohio totaled 10 hits while limiting Morehead State to four.
• Junior second baseman Conner Callery (Covington, Ky.) posted a game-high three singles.
• Junior left fielder Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) went 2-for-4.
• Junior shortstop Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio) doubled, walked, drove in a pair of runs and scored another.
• Redshirt freshman right-handed starting pitcher Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.) gave up a hit and walked two in two frames of work.
• Sophomore righty Logan Jacik (Omaha, Neb.) struck out one while allowing two earned runs on a hit and three walks in one inning on the mound.
• Freshman right-hander Kenny Ogg (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched a scoreless inning in which he walked three.
• Redshirt senior right-handed reliever Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, Mass.) worked three innings out of the bullpen, fanning two en route to earning his first victory on the mound with the Bobcats to improve to 1-1 on the year. He surrendered one unearned run on one hit.
• Junior right-hander Tom Colletti (Wheaton, Ill.) tossed a perfect eighth inning.
• Redshirt sophomore right-handed closer Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) picked up his sixth save of the season, striking out one while allowing a hit in the ninth.
• Freshman designated hitter Trevor Snyder doubled and drove in a pair of runs to lead Morehead State at the plate.
• Junior center fielder Ryan Kent doubled, walked and tallied an RBI for the Eagles.
• Junior right fielder Will Schneider went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored for Morehead State.
• Redshirt junior third baseman Alex Stephens walked twice and scored a run for the Eagles.
• Junior southpaw starting pitcher Curtis Wilson gave Morehead State six innings on the mound, fanning three while giving up two earned runs on six hits and a walk.
• Redshirt senior righty Craig Pearcy allowed three earned runs on two hits and a walk. He took the pitching defeat for the Eagles, dropping to 1-1 on the year.
• Junior left-handed reliever Cable Wright struck out one while permitting a hit over two frames for Morehead State.
• Senior righty Tyler Keele pitched the ninth inning for the Eagles, allowing a hit.
• The Eagles took a 2-0 advantage in the home half of the third inning thanks to some two-out lightning. Schneider, Stephens and sophomore first baseman Tyler Niemann drew back-to-back-to-back walks to load the bases for Morehead State, setting the table for a two-run double down the left field line by Snyder that plated Schneider and Stephens.
• Ohio chipped away at Morehead State's lead in the fifth thanks to Ibarra's one-out solo shot.
• The Bobcats evened the score in the sixth. Black got things started by drawing a leadoff walk. Longo followed with a single through the right side. Both advanced 90 feet courtesy of a sacrifice bunt by freshman first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.). Black then tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to center that was served up by redshirt senior designated hitter Cody Gaertner (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
• The Eagles regained command in the bottom of the frame. Freshman catcher Hunter Fain reached on an Ohio error to lead things off. After Fain moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore second baseman Braxton Morris, he scored the go-ahead run one out later on a double to right center by Kent.
• Ohio wrestled the lead right back from Morehead State, though, in the seventh and did not relinquish it. Ibarra evened the score at three-all with a leadoff solo homer for his second round tripper of the day. Junior catcher Anthony Mrosla (Coon Rapids, Minn.) followed by drawing a walk, then Callery put two Bobcats on with nobody out with a base hit to right. Both moved into scoring position by way of a sacrifice bunt by senior center fielder Manny De Jesus (Caguas, Puerto Rico). Black then served up what proved to be the game-winning, two-RBI double down the left field line, plating both Mrosla and Callery.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
• The Bobcats improved to 12-12 (.500) on the road this year.
• Ohio has recorded at least 10 hits 21 times this season -- including each of the last two games.
• Roehn has now allowed a run in each of his last six innings of work out of the bullpen.
• Callery matched his career high with three hits and posted his first multi-hit effort of the season.
• Ibarra has now hit three home runs in 2016 and has logged five multi-hit outings and three multi-RBI games this year.
• Longo now owns a team-high 21 multi-hit games this season.
• Black has now driven in multiple RBIs on three occasions this year.
• Roehn has tossed six-straight scoreless innings over his last four appearances out of the bullpen.
Ohio returns to Mid-American Conference play this weekend at Bob Wren Stadium, playing host to West Division foe Central Michigan (12-32, 6-9 MAC). The series opener is scheduled for Friday (May 6) at 6 p.m. ET. The second game is slated for Saturday (May 7) at 3 p.m. ET. The finale of the three-game weekend set is Sunday (May 8) at 1 p.m. ET.
The Chippewas dropped two of three games to MAC West Division rival Eastern Michigan last weekend in Ypsilanti, Mich. Central Michigan lost by scores of 6-1 and 3-0 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before preventing a weekend sweep with a 3-2 triumph on Sunday.
The Bobcats went 1-2 against Central Michigan in 2015, losing the weekend series in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Ohio won the series opener on May 20, 2015, 6-4, before losing to the Chippewas the following two days by scores of 9-3 and 4-0.