Baseball: Bobcats dominate Northern Illinois 13-2

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Ohio opened its three game road trip to Dekalb, Ill., with a 13-2 thrashing of the Northern Illinois Huskies. 

Brent Choban started the game for the Bobcats, recording three strike outs and allowing only seven hits and two runs in 6.2 innings pitched. In fact, the two runs that Choban gave up both came in the second inning; every other inning Choban pitched was clean. Brett Barber closed the game for Ohio, allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings pitched to record another save for the Bobcats. 
Ethan Newton, the leadoff man for the Bobcats, had four RBIs on the day. Ohio catcher Cody Gaertner also had a huge game for the Bobcats, matching Newton’s four RBI performance with four of his own. The Bobcats totaled 13 hits in the game, as six Ohio players each recorded two hits. 
This win was big for Ohio, in its last game the Bobcats started strong against Marshall, but the game was ended prematurely due to weather. In the game before that, Ohio took a beating from the Cincinnati Bearcats, losing 11-2 at Bob Wren Stadium. 
Northern Illinois did not have much to be proud of in the game, left fielder Alex Beckmann was the only member of the Huskies with multiple hits as the rest of team felt the wrath of Choban and Barber. Ohio did most of its damage against the Huskies first two pitchers in the games rotation. The Bobcats scored six runs on NIU’s starting pitcher, Taylor Nawrocki, and four runs on Eli Anderson, who relieved Nawrocki of his duties in the seventh inning. 
Ohio looks to come out with another win in Dekalb when the Bobcats face off against Northern Illinois in the second of a three game series at 2:05 on Saturday.