After a nine-day break from Wren Stadium, the Ohio Men’s Baseball team (17-19) had no trouble returning home to their Athens venue on the Hocking, defeating the visiting Morehead State Eagles (21-17) with ease on Tuesday afternoon, 15-3.
On the heels of a 10-run performance in the finale at Bowling Green on Sunday, Ohio’s offense once again came out hot, hanging five runs on the Eagles in the first inning on Tuesday.
The green and white added seven more runs in the fifth inning to take a 12-0 advantage and quickly tie a ribbon around their 17th victory of the season.
Third baseman John Adryan got Ohio on the board with a run-scoring single in the first, but that was only the beginning to his big day. He, along with second baseman Ty Black, combined for five hits and four RBI.
Black singled home his second run of the game to start Ohio’s monstrous seven-run fifth inning. Six Bobcats tallied RBI’s in the frame, with the biggest knock being a two-run double by first baseman Rudy Rott. In total, Ohio brought 12 men to the plate, forcing the Eagles to use three different pitchers.
On the mound for Ohio, Michael Klein tossed five shutout innings, earning his first win of the season. The right hander did not allow his first hit until an infield single by Will Schneider in the top of the fifth, an inning Klein would escape unscathed despite the first two runners reaching base.
Ohio would play add on in the sixth with a Manny DeJesus sac fly and in the seventh on an RBI single by Cody Gaertner to extend their lead to 14-0 before the Eagles finally got on the board in the eighth inning thanks to a throwing error by Rott on a ground ball from Niko Hulsizer.
The day was not kind to Morehead starter Luke Humphreys, who got the nod on the hill but lasted just two thirds of the first inning, allowing five runs (four earned) and dropping his record to 4-3.
Overall, Ohio’s 15 runs were the most since a 16-2 road victory at Wofford on March 5th, and their highest total at home since March 19th, 2013, a five-run loss to Youngstown State.
After scoring 25 runs in their last two games, Ohio will hope to continue their hot-hitting ways and gain some ground in the conference when MAC-East rival Kent State (26-10, 9-3) comes into town for a three-game series this weekend, starting on Friday.
In their three-game slate last season against Kent State, Ohio took two out of three games, outscoring the Golden Flashes, 20-18.