Ohio Baseball (30-18,15-9) had a great weekend up north in Ypsilanti, Michigan, sweeping a three-game set against host Eastern Michigan (18-3,8-16).
Here’s how it went down:
Game 1: Friday May 8th, Ohio 5, Eastern Michigan 0
In the first matchup of the three-game set, Ohio got a brilliant outing from starter Jake Miller. Tossing six shutout innings, Miller earned his third win of the season, evening his record at 3-3 and lowering his 2015 ERA to 3.13.
The Bobcats were able to touch up Eastern Michigan starter Charlie Land early and often, starting in the opening frame. After Garrett Black’s routine pop up was dropped in foul territory by first basemen John Montgomery, he later drew a walk and scored one batter later on a two-run bomb by Mitch Longo (team-leading 5th this season) to give Ohio the early 2-0 edge.
In the 2nd inning, Ohio would get on the board once again; this time on a wild pitch from Land that got past his catcher and kicked away enough for Ty Black to score to extend Ohio’s lead to three.
Eastern Michigan was able to threaten in the first and fourth with a pair of hits in each frame, but Miller eluded any damage and held EMU scoreless.
The Green and White would add two more runs in the shutout, a sixth inning RBI single by John Adryan made it 4-0, and an RBI single by Ty Black in the eighth plated Longo to cap off Ohio’s scoring as they cruised to a 5-0 victory.
Ohio closer Logan Cozart was dominant on the mound once again, pitching three scoreless innings. Cozart replaced Miller in the seventh after a leadoff walked and retired all nine batters he faced in route to his school-record 10th save of the season.
Player of the Game: (OH) LF- Mitch Longo: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2R, BB
Game 2: Saturday May 9th, Ohio 10, Eastern Michigan 2
In the second game of the series, Ohio fed off their 5-0 win from the previous day with another dominating performance.
Ohio starter Connor Sitz had no trouble picking up his sixth win of the season, as the Green and White’s offense backed him up with 10 runs of support. Sitz threw six innings, allowing one run on eight hits to pickup his sixth win of the season. He is now 6-1 with a 4.57 ERA in 2015.
Much like the first game of the series, Ohio started out hot by putting a crooked number on the board in the game’s opening frame. This time, it was Cody Gaertner with a two-run/two-out double to give the Bobcats the early lead.
Ohio would tally the rest of their runs in three of the next four innings, starting with a three-run homer by John Adryan (3rd of the season) with two outs in the third inning to give Ohio a 5-0 advantage.
Mitch Longo would play long ball for the second game in a row one inning later, parking his 6th big fly of the season over the right-field wall to push the lead to seven.
Three run-scoring hits by Adryan, Manny DeJesus, and Garrett Black in the fifth inning would cap off the Bobcat offense for the day as they held a 10-0 lead before the inning’s conclusion.
Eastern Michigan starter Jake Andrews was tagged with five earned runs in the game as he failed to get out of the third inning (2 2/3 IP) and was handed his sixth loss of the season, dropping his record to 2-6 with a 5.02 ERA.
After Sitz went six strong innings, Ohio relievers Corey Wells and Christian Botter combined to throw three innings of two-run baseball and seal a 10-3 victory for the Bobcats, clinching the series win.
Player of the Game: (OH) 3B- John Adryan: 2-4 HR, 4 RBI, 2R, 2B
Game 3 Sunday May 10th, Ohio 10, Eastern Michigan 2
In the final game of the set, the Bobcats completed their second road sweep of a MAC opponent this season with another dominating win, 10-2, over Eastern Michigan. With the sweep, Ohio reached the 30-win mark for the first time in the past 12 seasons.
Ohio ran out pitcher Jake Rudnicki to start in the final game of the series. Normally a reliever, it was Rudnicki’s first start of the season and ended up getting a no-decision in the affair, tossing 4 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned).
For the third consecutive game, the Bobcats got on the board first, this time in the third inning. Garrett Black laced a double to score the game’s first run and was followed by a Many DeJesus run on a wild pitch and a sac-fly by Jake Madsen to give Ohio a three-run cushion.
Eastern Michigan would chip into the deficit with runs of their own in the third and fourth inning off Rudnicki. Michael Mioduszewski knocked in his 28th run of the season with a sac-fly which cut the lead to two. He was followed an inning later by teammate Adam Dennison, who made the score 3-2 with an RBI groundout.
Rudnicki needed to go five innings deep to be eligible for a win, but couldn’t get out of the bottom of the fifth after giving up a base hit. Tom Colletti came in and got out of the inning unmarked. Colletti tossed 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit to record his fourth win of 2015.
The score would remain the same until the Bobcats would break the game wide open in the ninth.
The frame started with back-to-back doubles by Cody Gaertner and Tyler Wells to make it 4-2. Wells would later score on a throwing error to make it 5-2. Garrett Black and Tyler Finkler each tallied RBI walks in the inning while Longo and Madsen each recorded RBI singles as Ohio would put up a seven-run spot before the inning was finished, giving them a 10-2 lead which would stand as the final.
In the seven-run ninth, Ty Black scored his 21st run of the season, marking the eighth different Bobcat to score 20-plus runs this season.
Logan Cozart added to his school-record save mark, earning his 11th of the season and second of the series by once again tossing three scoreless innings without allowing a base runner.
Player of the Game: (OH) 1B- Jake Madsen: 1-3, 3 RBI, BB
Despite the three-game sweep over EMU, the Bobcats didn’t get help in the MAC as Kent State also swept a MAC-foe (Bowling Green) over the weekend, meaning Ohio didn’t gain any ground on the Golden Flashes.
With the trio of victories, however, Ohio did clinch their first spot in the MAC Tournament since 2012.
Ohio has now won 15 of their last 22 contests and will finish off their regular season with the “Battle of the Bricks” in a three-game set with rival Miami (OH) in Oxford this weekend.