ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Baseball team (15-26, 9-9 MAC) shutout Kent State (21-20, 9-7 MAC), 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
Coming off a complete game last weekend, Senior RHP Kenny Ogg (Indianapolis, Ind.) tossed 8.0 innings of shutout baseball. Ogg struck out five batters and allowed just five hits and two walks. Ogg was the game's winner, improving to 3-6 this season.
"I can't say enough about the performance (Kenny Ogg) gave us today," head coach Rob Smith said. "We needed a senior to put us on his back and he absolutely did that. The last two starts he's been really great for us."
"It felt good today," Ogg said. "We definitely needed some zeros and we definitely needed that win for the conference standings."
Sophomore LHP Brett Manis (Port Huron, Mich.) earned his sixth save of the season after closing the door in the ninth. Ogg allowed one hit and struck out one batter, the final out of the game.
Sophomore INF Treyben Funderburg (Beavercreek, Ohio) drove in Ohio's only run of the game on an infield single. Funderburg ended the game 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.
Sophomore INF Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the only Ohio run after reaching on a walk.
Senior INF Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) put Levy in scoring position with a single in the first inning and ended his day 1-for-3 with a single. Sophomore CF Sebastian Fabik (Lebanon, Ohio) also had a single.
Funderburg put Ohio on the board in the bottom of the first with an infield single that scored Levy. Levy reached on a walk and Rott moved Levy to third base with a single to right.
Ogg tossed 8.0 scoreless innings until Manis shut the door in the ninth. KSU got a runner on first but Manis struck out Alex Ronnebaum and Mathews was caught stealing on the same pitch. An error put John Hollander on second base but Manis struck out the final batter of the game to get the save.
"You have to credit Tanner Piechnick today," Smith added. "He did a tremendous job behind the plate today. He was understanding handling Kenny (Ogg) today. To get that slider that was basically in the dirt, pick that and at least get a throw down there to give us a chance to get that runner was a big time play."
Ohio will return to action next weekend when the Bobcats host Miami. The series opener at Bob Wren Stadium will take place on Friday at 6 p.m.