ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Baseball team (4-15, 0-1 MAC) fell to Central Michigan (14-6, 1-0 MAC) in the Mid-American Conference opener, 5-3, on Friday night at Bob Wren Stadium.
The Bobcats jumped on the board first with a sophomore OF Sebastian Fabik (Lebanon, Ohio) home run to right field. Fabik's home run was the first of his career.
Fabik went on to end the day 1-of-4 with a home run. Fabik had one RBI and scored one run.
Senior INF Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) extended the Ohio lead to 2-0 with a solo home run to right field. Rott has a team-leading three home runs this season.
Rott finished the game 1-for-3 with a home run, walk, one run scored and one RBI.
CMU grabbed the lead with three runs in the fifth inning. Griffin Lockwood-Powell knocked in two runs with a single to left field and Jacob Crum drove in a run on a groundout to the shortstop.
The Chippewas added a run to go up 4-2 when Lockwood-Powell hit a home run to center field.
Ohio got a run back in the bottom of the seventh when redshirt junior OF Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.) drove in redshirt sophomore Michael Richardson (Cambridge, Maryland) with a single to right field. Richardson had reached on a double to left field and was moved over on a bunt single by sophomore INF Treyben Funderburg (Beavercreek, Ohio).
Richardson reached base twice on the day, going 2-for-4 with a double and single. Richardson scored one run.
Funderburg and redshirt freshman OF Trevor Lukkes (Tustin, Calif.) each had a hit.
Central Michigan added a run in the top of the ninth when Zach Gilles stole third and then reached home on a throwing error.
Senior RHP Kenny Ogg (Indianapolis, Ind.) dropped to 1-4 this season after allowing two earned runs in 5.0 innings pitched. Ogg struck out seven batters, one off his career high.
Sophomore RHP Edward Kutt IV (Westlake, Calif) tossed 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one earned run while striking out two batters.
Sophomore LHP Brett Manis (Port Huron, Mich.) pitched 1.1 innings in the eighth and ninth and fanned two batters while allowing one earned run.
The Bobcats had seven total hits and reached base a total of nine times.
Ohio will be back in action tomorrow for game two of the three game series. The Bobcats and Chippewas will begin at 3 p.m.