SPARTANSBURG, S.C. – The Ohio Baseball team (1-2) spilt a doubleheader on Saturday at Wofford (2-1) to close out the Bobcats' opening weekend.
Ohio won the first game, 6-2, and lost the second game, 5-2. Wofford took the first game of the series on Friday, 2-0.
GAME ONE (PDF BOX SCORE)
Redshirt junior OF Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.) led the way for the Bobcats, going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Sargent had a double in the third inning that plated both of his RBI and he also came around to score twice.
Freshman LHP Joe Rock (Aliquippa, Pa.) earned his first win of his collegiate career after coming in during the fourth inning and tossing 2.2 innings. Rock gave up two earned runs while striking out three batters. Rock faced 13 batters and walked just one.
Wofford scored two runs in the first inning to a 2-1 lead but Ohio would tie the game in the second. After a Sargent single, he went on to swipe second base to move into scoring position. Sargent moved to third on an infield single before and was brought home when sophomore INF Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) ripped a single to left field to tie the game at 2-2.
Levy finished the game 2-for-6 with two singles.
The Bobcats ripped the game open with three runs in the third. Ohio had runners on first and second when Sargent ripped a double that scored redshirt freshman OF Trevor Lukkes (Tustin, Calif.) and redshirt sophomore INF Michael Richardson. A junior OF Jack Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) single scored Sargent.
Longo went 3-of-5 with one RBI on the day. Lukkes reached base twice with a single and a walk while Richardson also reached twice with a single and a walk while scoring one run.
The Terriers were able to put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Ohio answered in the top of the sixth inning for the final run of the game. After Hafner knocked one through the right side of the infield for a single, a sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Hafner advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on another wild pitch to make the game 6-2.
Ohio's starter redshirt freshman RHP Jack Liberatore (Greensburg, Pa.) went 3.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks. Sophomore RHP Chance Harris (New Marshfield, Ohio), redshirt senior Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.) and sophomore LHP Brett Manis (Port Huron, Mich.) each tossed an inning of scoreless relief. Manis earned his first save of the season and fanned two batters.
GAME TWO (PDF BOX SCORE)
Ohio jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage when Rott doubled to left center field that scored Levy and sophomore OF Sebastian Fabik (Lebanon, Ohio). Wofford tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the first.
Rott ended the day 2-for-5 with two RBI and one double.
Wofford would score one run in the third, fourth and sixth inning to go up 5-2, which would end up being the final score.
Levy reached twice with a single and walk while scoring one run. Fabik scored Ohio's other run and also ripped a single. Sargent was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk on the day.
Freshman RHP Braxton Kelly (Ulysses, Ky.) tossed two innings of scoreless baseball to close the game. Freshman RHP Matt Brosky (Strongsville, Ohio) threw 2.1 innings of relief and allowed one earned run two hits. Brosky struckout two batters.
Ohio's starter, freshman RHP Eamon Horwedel (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was given the loss after allowing four earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched. Horwedel – making his collegiate debut – struckout three batters.
Ohio will travel to Cal Baptist for a four-game series in Riverside, California. Ohio will begin the series on Friday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The Bobcats will play two on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. ET and will wrap up the series on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.