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Ohio Takes Home Series Over Eastern Michigan

In the midst of rough seasons for both programs, Ohio Head Coach Rob Smith picks up his first series victory of more than one games during his tenure in Athens.

Tyler Wells- OF
Tyler Wells- OF
Kaleb Carter

Game One

In game one of a slugfest between the Eagles and Bobcats, Ohio escaped with a 10-8 victory. That 10-spot marked the first time the entire season that Ohio put up a double-digit run total.

Shortstop Garrett Black collected four hits and scored three runs to lead a squad that smashed out 12 hits total. Tyler Wells and Taylor Emody both had two hit, two-RBI games to contribute to the offensive onslaught. Jake Roehn went seven innings on the mound to 4-6 on the year in he quality start.

EMU plated four in the top of the ninth inning, but could not secure enough to get a victory. The Eagles had nine hits on the day, with Lee Longo and Sam Ott leading the way for the Eagles with two hits each. Pinch hitter John Montgomery tripled to bring three runs in the ninth, bringing Eastern Michigan within three and scored himself before the team fell.

Game Two

Game two resulted in more late-game heroics as Ohio won 7-6 on a Black RBI-single in the 10th inning to send the team into a euphoric celebration.

Ty Black picked up four hits in five at-bats while scoring three runs for Ohio. Jake Madsen added onto the second straight day of offensive success when he cracked out three hits, which helped him to pick up his 200th career hit. Tyler Wells and John Adryan also picked up two hits in the 14-hit afternoon.

Eagles starter Paul Schaak went 5 1/3 innings and gave up nine hits and six runs (five earned) but did not even pick up the loss. That fell on reliever Tyler Russell who pitched 3 2/3 of solid relief before giving up the winnings single.

Ott and Lee had two hits for the second consecutive day and Marquise Gill produced three hits and two RBIs.

Corey Wells picked up the victory by holding the Eagles scoreless in the 10th.

Game Three

There were still fireworks between the two teams with the worst MAC records in the third game, but it was EMU who prevailed in this case, 10-5.

Madsen, Wells, Emody, and Ty Black each had two hits in the game in what was Ohio's third straight 10-hit game. Connor Sitz gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings in what was his eighth loss on the mound this season. He has yet to pick up a win. Jake Andrews, though having given up five runs in 5 1/3 innings, picked up the win to move to 3-4.

Ott picked up his fifth, sixth, and seventh hits in the game and scored three. Second baseman John Rubino was blazing at the plate, going 5-for-6.

In the series, the brother counterpart in the Eagles lineup Lee Longo (the brother of Mitch) had five hits in 12 at-bats. With the hottest bat on the team, Mitch Longo out for the season with an ankle injury, Ohio has looked to the every day first baseman Jake Madsen to play in right and while placing John Adryan at first.

With just a short time to go in the regular season, Ohio sits at 8-32 (4-14 MAC) and Eastern Michigan maintain a record of 14-26 (2-15 MAC).