ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Baseball team (14-25, 8-8 MAC) fell to Kent State (20-19, 8-6 MAC), 12-3, in the series opener on Friday night at Bob Wren Stadium.
Sophomore INF Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit his fourth home run of the season and ended the day with a double, home run, two runs and two RBI. Senior INF Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) finished the game 3-for-4 with three singles and a walk. Redshirt sophomore INF Michael Richardson (Cambridge, Md.) was 1-for-5 with one RBI.
Kent State opened the game with two runs in the first when Kian O'Brien had a two-RBI double.
KSU added two runs in the top of the fourth with two home runs from Collin Mathews and Ben Carew.
The Golden Flashes posted four runs in the fifth. Pavin Parks hit a solo home run to right field, Carew hit a sacrifice fly, Funderburg throwing error and a passed ball brought home four.
Ohio cut the lead to 8-1 when Richardson ripped a single down the line that scored Levy. Rott moved Levy over with a single to right.
KSU added one in the sixth inning when Mathews hit a double to center field.
Levy hit a two-run home run to center field that scored redshirt freshman OF Trevor Lukkes (Tustin, Calif.) and cut the KSU lead to 9-3.
Kent State scored one run in the eighth to go up 10-3 with a single to center field from Alex Ronnebaum.
The Golden Flashes added two runs in the ninth to go up 12-3.
Sophomore RHP Edward Kutt IV (Westlake, Calif.) was given the loss after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing six earned runs. Kutt IV is now 3-2 as he fanned three batters.
Junior LHP Nick Byrnes (Cincinnati, Ohio) tossed 1.0 innings and fanned two batters. Freshman RHP Matt Brosky (Strongsville, Ohio) struck out one batter in 0.1 innings. Sophomore RHP Chace Harris (New Marshfield, Ohio) did not give up a run in the seventh and fanned one batter. Freshman RHP Eamon Horwedel (Ann Arbor, Mich.) tossed 0.2 innings and did not allow an earned run. Freshman RHP Colin Sells (Lancaster, Ohio) pitched the ninth and did not allow a hit.
Ohio will continue the series against Kent State tomorrow at 1 p.m.