YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Ohio baseball team (11-24, 6-7 MAC) took the series opener at Eastern Michigan (8-30-1, 3-10 MAC), 6-1, on Friday evening at Oestrike Stadium.
Sophomore Edward Kutt IV (Westlake, Calif.) earned the Friday start for the second-straight week and was dominant once again. Kutt IV allowed just one earned run in 8.0 innings pitched. Kutt IV fanned six batters. Kutt IV improved to 3-1 overall and has a team-best 1.64 ERA. He has fanned 42 batters this season and has allowed just nine earned runs in 49.1 total innings.
Sophomore LHP Brett Manis pitched the ninth and struck out the side.
Ohio jumped out in front early with three runs in the first. After singles from redshirt freshman Trevor Lukkes (Tustin, Calif.), sophomore INF Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior INF Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.), redshirt sophomore Michael Richardson (Cambridge, Md.) drove in Richardson with a single. Redshirt freshman Cole Revels (Charlotte, N.C.) and redshirt junior Nathan Mallott (Omaha, Neb.) each walked in runs to put Ohio up 3-0.
Mallott ended the day with a team-high two RBI and was 2-for-3 on the day with two singles and two walks. Richardson ended the day with a double and two stolen bases after going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk. Levy's only single came in the first and he was 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Mallott pushed the lead to 4-0 with a single to center field that scored sophomore INF Treyben Funderburg (Beavercreek, Ohio). Funderburg reached on a walk. Sophomore OF Sebastian Fabik (Lebanon, Ohio) brought home a run on a sacrifice bunt to give Ohio a 5-0 advantage.
EMU cut the Ohio lead to 5-1 with a Drake Peggs sacrifice fly, the Eagles only run of the game.
Lukkes got Ohio one last run with a sacrifice fly to center field for the final score of 6-1.
Rott ended the day 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Scott Granzotto was the losing pitched after allowing five earned runs in 4.0 innings pitched.
Ohio posted 12 hits as a team and eight Bobcats had at least one single. The Bobcats drew eight walks and stole two bases. Ohio only walked two batters and allowed seven hits.
The Bobcats will continue the series on Saturday at 4 p.m.