ATHENS, Ohio – Behind 6.1 shutout innings from redshirt freshman RHP Jack Liberatore (Greensburg, Pa.), the Ohio Baseball (4-13) team blanked Army (9-8), 1-0, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
"Army is a really good team, so to beat those guys at all is encouraging," head coach Rob Smith said. "They are really a quality team. I can't say enough about the job Jack Liberatore, Eddie Kutt and Brett Manis did for us. They were outstanding today. It was really good to get a win."
The pitching staff allowed just eight batters to reach base in the shutout win. Liberatore tossed 6.1 shutout innings and fanned six batters in the win. Liberatore allowed just three hits and walked three batters. Liberatore now has a 2.88 ERA this season, an Ohio best among starting pitchers. Liberatore has fanned 23 batters this season.
"Jack was really good in the strike zone and utilized all four of his pitches today," Smith added. "When he does that, he can be difficult to deal with."
Sophomore RHP Edward Kutt IV (Westlake, Calif.) struck out two batters did not allow a batter to reach base in 1.1 innings. Kutt IV sat down two batters during the seventh and eighth inning.
Sophomore LHP Brett Manis (Port Huron, Mich.) earned his fourth save of the season after pitching 1.1 innings. Manis fanned three batters and allowed two hits, both infield singles.
Ohio scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Redshirt sophomore INF Michael Richardson (Cambridge, Md.) singled to right field with one out and stole second. Junior OF Jack Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) brought home Richardson with a line drive to center field. Longo stole second but was unable to come home.
Richardson finished the day 1-for-3 with one run scored and a single. Longo was also 1-for-3 with an RBI and a single.
Army threatened to score in the bottom of the ninth with two two-out infield singles, but Manis struck out the final batter of the game.
Ohio will return to action on Tuesday at Bob Wren Stadium. The Bobcats will face Dayton with first pitch set for 4 p.m.