Ohio baseball players meet on the mound
Photo: Kaleb Carter

Ohio Wins over Kentucky

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The 2014 season was a tough one for the Ohio baseball team, winning just 11 of 51 games.

But in 2015, things seem to be turning around for the Bobcats, as a 10-7 win on the road over SEC opponent Kentucky (13-7) on Tuesday gave the Bobcats their 11th win of the season–in just the 17th game of the season.

A big reason for the turnaround has been the improved consistency from the ‘Cats offense, which pushed across the 10 runs on 16 hits on Tuesday. The top of Ohio’s lineup in Manny DeJesus Jr., Garrett Black, and Mitch Longo accounted for nine of the hits and seven of the 10 runs. Longo led the offense output, racking up three hits in four at-bats and driving in a team-high four runs.

Sophomore pitcher Jake Rudnicki started the game on the mound, but tossed just one inning and gave up two runs on four hits. Sophomore reliever Tom Colletti picked up his second win of the season for the Bobcats, as he threw 3.2 innings and allowed no runs on just two hits with two strikeouts.

Senior Logan Cozart earned his fourth save of the season, throwing 1.2 innings and allowing no hits, no runs, and also struck out two batters. Cozart has now allowed just one earned run in 10.2 innings this season and 29 strikeouts, which lead the team.

With the win Ohio concludes its non-conference schedule and will begin MAC play on Friday with a three-game series at Central Michigan (13-7). First pitch on Friday is set for 3:05 p.m.