Junior shortstop Tyler Finkler belted his first career home run to help the Ohio baseball team defeat West Division foe Central Michigan, 5-4, in 14 innings on Saturday (May 7) in the second game of a Mid-American Conference weekend series at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
May 7, 2016
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FINAL: Ohio 5, Central Michigan 4 (14 innings) -- Athens, Ohio (Bob Wren Stadium)
OHIO STARTERS: Manny De Jesus (CF), Ty Black (2B), Mitch Longo (LF), Rudy Rott (1B), Cody Gaertner (C), John Adryan (3B), Tony Giannini (RF), Nate Squires (DH), Tyler Finkler (SS), Jake Rudnicki (P)
CENTRAL MICHIGAN STARTERS: Alex Borglin (1B), Ryan Heeke (LF), Zach McKinstry (SS), Daniel Jipping (DH), Dazon Cole (CF), Jason Sullivan (2B), Daniel Robinson (RF), Jarrod Watkins (3B), Robert Greenman (C), Nick Deeg (P)
Senior third baseman John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) hit a one-out single to left center field to plate junior left fielder Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) and push the Ohio baseball team to a 5-4 walk-off victory in the bottom of the 14th inning over West Division foe Central Michigan (13-33, 7-10 MAC) on Saturday (May 7) in the second game of a Mid-American Conference weekend series at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
The Chippewas posted an 8-2 win in the series opener on Friday (May 6).
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bobcats and the Chippewas combined for 31 hits and 29 runners left on base in the 4:20 minute contest -- the second longest game of the 2016 season for Ohio.
Longo led Ohio's offense with a 4-for-7 effort that included an RBI and two runs scored.
Senior center fielder Manny De Jesus (Caguas, Puerto Rico) notched three hits --including a double -- and scored a run.
Sophomore right fielder Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) recorded three singles and scored a run.
Junior second baseman Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio) tallied two hits and drew a walk.
Redshirt senior catcher Cody Gaertner (Pittsburgh, Pa.) drew a pair of walks.
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) struck out four while allowing two earned runs on six hits and three walks over 5.2 frames.
Junior right-handed reliever Tom Colletti (Wheaton, Ill.) gave up two earned runs on two hits and a walk in 0.1 innings.
Redshirt sophomore righty Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) provided five scoreless innings of relief, fanning four while giving up six hits and a walk.
Redshirt sophomore right-hander Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) earned the pitching win in relief to improve to 3-2 on the year, tossing three scoreless frames and striking out two. He permitted two hits.
Redshirt freshman center fielder Dazon Cole notched a game-high five hits for Central Michigan -- including his first career home run. He drove in three runs and scored two more.
Junior first baseman Alex Borglin doubled for one of his two hits, drew a walk and scored a run for the Chippewas.
Senior left fielder Ryan Heeke went 2-for-7 with a run scored for Central Michigan.
Sophomore designated hitter Daniel Jipping collected a double and a single for the Chippewas.
Freshman third baseman Jarrod Watkins tallied two hits and drew a walk for Central Michigan.
Sophomore shortstop Zach McKinstry singled and drew two walks for the Chippewas.
Junior southpaw starting pitcher Nick Deeg gave Central Michigan seven innings, fanning seven while surrendering four earned runs on nine hits and three walks.
Junior right-handed reliever Jordan Grosjean threw 6.1 innings of relief for the Chippewas, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out four. He suffered the pitching defeat, falling to 2-3 on the season.
Central Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Cole beat out a one-out single to third, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a base hit to left by freshman right fielder Daniel Robinson.
Ohio took command of the lead in the home half of the frame. Giannini sent a one-out single to center, then scored one out later when junior shortstop Tyler Finkler (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) hit a two-run home run over left field wall -- the first round tripper of his career.
Central Michigan evened the score in the top of the fourth courtesy of Dazon's one-out solo shot to left center.
The Bobcats regained the lead in bottom of the fifth. De Jesus hit a one-out double to center, then moved up to third on a ground out to short by Black. De Jesus gave Ohio a 3-2 advantage when he scored on a hard-hit infield single to first by Longo. Ohio's lead swelled to two runs when Longo scored on a single to right field by freshman first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.).
The Chippewas rallied again, though, with a two-run top of the seventh. Borglin led off with a double to left center. Heeke and McKinstry then joined him on base courtesy of a single to left and a walk, respectively, to load the bases with nobody out for Central Michigan. Roehn entered the game to pitch for Ohio and quickly got the first out by striking out Jipping swinging. Cole struck again for Central Michigan, though, hitting a two-RBI single to left center that plated Borglin and Heeke and tied the ballgame.
From there, it was six straight scoreless innings. Ohio left runners on the corners in the eighth and left two more on base in the 11th while Central Michigan stranded two in the 10th.
It appeared as though Central Michigan might break the deadlock in the top of the 14th. Cole led off with a single to left, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman second baseman Jason Sullivan and to third on a wild pitch. Klein worked out of the jam, though, by getting both Robinson and Watkins to ground out to end the threat.
The Bobcats finally broke through for the victory in the 14th. Longo got it rolling by beating out a leadoff single to third and advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rott. After Gaertner drew an intentional walk, the stage was set for Adryan's walk-off heroics.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Ohio ended a four-game conference losing skid with the win over Central Michigan.
The Bobcats ended a three-game losing skid against the Chippewas, picking up their first win over Central Michigan since a 6-4 triumph in the 2015 series opener in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on March 20, 2015.
Ohio is now 2-3 in extra innings in 2016 -- including 2-0 in conference play. The Bobcats posted a 12-6 win in 10 innings at Ball State in the weekend series opener April 1 in Muncie, Ind.
Ohio has recorded at least 10 hits 22 times this season -- including three of the last four games
Longo now owns a team-high 22 multi-hit games this season -- including two outings with at least four hits.
De Jesus has now notched 15 mult-hit efforts this year, which is tied for third on the squad.
Giannini posted his sixth multi-hit game of the season -- including three contests with at least three hits.
Black now has 13 multi-hit contests this year.
Finkler has now recorded two outings with multiple RBIs.
Roehn threw a season-high five innings out of the bullpen for Ohio.
Senior third baseman John Adryan on his game-winning hit
"There were runners in scoring position, and I figured he was probably going to throw me a slider. He got me out in the two previous at-bats on it. I was struggling the whole day, and I'm just really glad I could come up really big for my team today. Everybody on the team did great through and through. All pitchers threw great, from Rud starting it to Klein finishing it. We had great at-bats throughout the game. A bunch of people came up big in key situations. It's good to get a win."
Adryan on team's toughness in a must-win game
"All these games are big right now with the situation that we're in. For us to stay with it in a 14-inning game and get the win, it's big. Hopefully, it gives us some momentum to get after it tomorrow."
Ohio looks to clinch its second MAC series win of the 2016 season when it plays host to Central Michigan in a Sunday (May 8) series finale at The Wren. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The game will feature free admission as part of Sunday Funday presented by OhioHealth.
Ohio's Sunday starting pitcher has yet to be determined. Central Michigan will send redshirt freshman righty Pat Leatherman to the mound.