Ohio baseball kicked off its weekend series against Buffalo with a win, taking down the Bulls 6-4. Brent Choban earned the win for the Bobcats with three strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Brett Barber picked up his fifth save, mowing down six consecutive batters with four strikeouts.
Ohio held the lead for the final four innings of the game. The ‘Cats scored a run in three consecutive innings to nab the lead after falling behind in the fourth.
Tyler Wells brought in two of Ohio’s runs during the three-inning stretch. The freshman left fielder blasted a solo homerun in the fifth and brought in Douglas Holmes on a single in the sixth with two outs. Wells led the charge for Ohio, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Buffalo started the fourth inning hot with three consecutive hits before the Bobcats could record an out. Buffalo’s Matt Pollock drove in a run on a double to left center.
Things appeared to be getting out of hand for Choban after he loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. However, he got Alex Baldock to hit into a double play to end the inning.
Ohio pulled out to the early lead in the first playing small ball. Ohio scored its three runs in the inning on only one hit.
The Bobcats earned three consecutive walks to load the bases with no outs. First baseman Jake Madsen scored Ethan Newton on a sacrifice fly. Dan Schmidt followed by burning one up the middle to bring in another run. The third and final run of the inning came in on a fielder’s choice.
With the win, Ohio improves to 20-7 overall with an impressive 8-4 record in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats have two more chances at conference wins this weekend, with two more games against Buffalo before hitting the road. The first of those two games is Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.