ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (27-25) tied a season high with three home runs to pick up a 7-2 victory over Dayton Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium.
With the win, Ohio equaled its win total from the 2011 season and tied a season-best winning streak of four games. The win also marked Ohio's 50th win over Dayton in program history and snapped the Flyers three-game winning streak.
Sophomore pitcher Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) improved to 4-0 on the year after he came on in the sixth inning, working an inning and a third to pick up the win.
Junior pitcher Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio) started the game and went 4.0 innings, limiting the Flyers to just two hits and no earned runs. Dayton starting pitcher Tommy Konrad would take the loss.
Offensively for the Ohio, senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) hit his team-leading 13th and 14th home runs on the year, going deep in the second and fourth innings. Both home runs were solo shots which gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead through four innings.
Dayton fought back to tie the game in the top half of the sixth as it scored a pair of runs. Ian Hundley led off the frame with a single into right field. He would later move into scoring position after he stole second.
Two batter later, Hundley came into to score following an RBI single to left field by C.J. Gillman. Brian Blasik added the tying run as he came in from third following a fielder's choice by Zach Stewart. Blasik got on base with single.
Ohio re-claimed the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a one out grand slam by sophomore Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio). Dean's grand slam was his third home run and first grand slam of the season.
Freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored from third after doubling to right and advancing on a sacrifice fly by Painter. Junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) scored from second after walking and reaching second on a walk by freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio), who scored from first base.
Ohio added another run in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) reached on a double and stole home after advancing to third on a Madsen sac-fly.
Following Dayton's two run sixth, the Bobcats held the Flyers to just one hit for the remainder of the game to secure the win.
Ohio returns to Bob Wren Stadium on Thursday for the team's last series before the MAC Tournament next week. The series, against rival Miami, will also be Head Coach Joe Carbone's last series at home.