Ohio’s pitching falters in its 15-2 loss to Morehead State

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio (10-15) took on Morehead State (15-12) for the second time this season on Tuesday. After a tight opening two innings, the Eagles pulled away and dominated to earn a 15-2 win.  

Both teams faced off just two weeks prior when Morehead State built an early lead which they protected and won 19-14.  

The Bobcats came into the midweek game having won five of their last six games, including a series sweep of Eastern Michigan.  

Morehead State got off to a quick start, scoring a run on a single by Roman Kuntz. Ohio pitcher Tyler Peck pitched two strikeouts to end the top of the inning. The Bobcats responded back with a game-tying run on an RBI single from Blake Reed knotting the game up at one. 

Alec Patino throws to first base during Ohio's game against Morehead State at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.
Alec Patino throws to first base during Ohio’s game against Morehead State at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. [Alex Eicher | WOUB]
The top of the third inning was the turning point in the game as the Morehead State offense came alive. After scoring on an RBI double, Colton Becker hit a home run to centerfield to extend Morehead State’s lead 4-1. 

Ohio was able to score one run in the bottom of the third, however, they were held scoreless for the rest of the game. Although the offense struggled, head coach Craig Moore spoke on his team’s pitching.

“Obviously didn’t pitch it well, with the few guys that we wanted to give some opportunities too,” Moore said. 

The Bobcats used six different pitchers in a ‘bullpen’ game. 

Morehead State had a big fourth inning offensively, scoring a total of six runs. Three of those runs came on a home run by Nick Gooden. Gooden finished the game with three hits, three runs and six RBI’s. 

The Eagles were able to keep the Ohio offense off the scoresheet for the fifth and sixth innings before having another big offensive inning in the top of the seventh. Morehead State added five more runs to complete a dominant performance in a resounding win. 

“Didn’t really play good baseball in terms of the defense,” Moore said. “That wasn’t ideal for a midweek game, to come out and not execute the way I wanted us too.” 

Ohio hits the road for a series with Toledo this weekend.