AKRON, Ohio - Junior captain Seth Streich tossed his third complete game of the year to lead the Ohio University baseball team (26-25; 15-9 MAC) to a 3-2 victory over Akron to complete its three-game sweep over the Zips at Jackson Field.
Ohio's sweep over Akron marked the third time this season in which the Bobcats have swept a league opponent. The Bobcats never trailed during the weekend series as it outscored the Zips 16-13, winning each game by one run.
With the win, Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) improved to 4-5 on the year. In his 9.0 innings of work, Streich allowed eight hits, struck out six and did not give up an earned run.
Offensively for the Bobcats, Ohio outhit Akron 9-8. Senior Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.), freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) all collected two hits to lead the way.
In addition, Newton collected his 23rd steal on the year and his 43rd career swipe to break the program's all-time career steals mark, passing Marc Sims (1991-94). He needs just one more steal to tie the single season steals record set by Matt Hudik in 1990.
Ohio opened the scoring in the second as it plated two runs on two hits. Gaertner scored on an RBI single through the right side by Holmes. On the play, junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) advanced to third and would come home to score on a throwing error.
Akron would fight back to tie the score at two after it plated one run in both the fourth and sixth innings, respectively. In the sixth, the Zips capitalized on a pair of Ohio errors.
The Bobcats reclaimed the lead in the top half of the eighth thanks to an RBI single to left center field by Newton, which drove in freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) from second. Mezlak reached base as he leadoff the inning with a walk. He later advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio).
In the ninth, Akron put the tying run on second base, but that was as close as the Zips would get to tying the game in the final frame.
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday for their final midweek game of the year as they take on Dayton at Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.