May 4, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Ty Black tied a season-best with four hits to propel the Ohio University baseball team to a convincing 14-8 victory over the University of Buffalo Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
With the win, Ohio claimed its second straight Mid-American Conference series victory. The Bobcats also improved to 4-2 in their last six games.
Ohio's 14 runs were a season-best, while its 16 hits tied a season-high. The Bobcats' 16 hits marked the 17th time this season Ohio has collected 10-or-more hits. Ohio has collected 10-or-more hits in each of the last six games.
The Bobcats posted a .358 team batting average during the three-game series and had seven players bat .300-or-better.
Freshman infielder Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio) led the Bobcats offensively as he went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. His four-hit effort tied a season-high.
Junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) also continued to swing a hot bat as he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Black finished the series with a .571 batting average, going 8-for-14. His three-hit afternoon extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games.
Ohio also received strong offensive efforts from senior Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas), sophomore John Adryan (Delran, N.J.), junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) as they each collected a pair of hits. Wells' two-hit afternoon extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games.
Senior Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) picked up the win after he came on in the fifth inning in relief of sophomore starter Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio). Sitz went 4.2 innings, gave up five earned runs and allowed six hits.
Ohio took the early in the game as it plated one run on two hits. The Bobcats scored first in every game this past weekend. After holding the Bulls scoreless in the second, Ohio scored five runs on four hits to extend its lead to 6-1. The Bobcats capitalized on a pair of UB errors to open up a five-run lead.
Ohio struck again in the third, taking advantage of another UB error to make the count 7-1.
Buffalo would not go quietly as it scored one run in the fourth and five in the fifth, which trimmed Ohio's lead to one. The Bobcats responded with a run in the bottom half of the fifth and then proceeded to outscore the Bulls by a 6-2 count over the final four innings to secure the win.
Ohio scored a run in seven of the eight innings it came to bad during the game
Ohio returns to action on Wednesday as it welcomes Pittsburgh to Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.