ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Baseball team (17-32, 11-14 MAC) dropped the second game of the series to Western Michigan (18-30, 11-13 MAC), 7-1, on Friday afternoon at Robert J. Bobb Field.
Ohio and WMU will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. The winner of the series finale will earn the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament and will continue their season in Avon, Ohio.
Sophomore INF Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) had an RBI for Ohio and was 1-for-4 with a single. Senior INF Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) and sophomore INF Treyben Funderburg (Beavercreek, Ohio) each had two hits today.
Rott's two hits put him at 282 in his career, four away from tying the all-time career mark of 286 set by Jake Madsen. Rott is hitting a team-best .376 this season.
Senior RHP Kenny Ogg (Indianapolis, Ind.) fell to 3-8 after allowing seven earned runs in 5.0 innings. Freshman RHP Braxton Kelly (Ulysses, Ky.) tossed 3.0 innings of shutout baseball to end the game and struck out three batters while allowing just one runner to reach base.
WMU took the lead in the first inning with two runs. Blake Dunn scored on a wild pitch to go up 1-0 and Nate Grys hit a solo home run to center field.
Levy cut the Broncos lead to 2-1 when he hit a single up the middle that scored redshirt junior OF Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.).
Sargent ended the day 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base.
Jesse Forestell pushed the WMU lead back to 4-1 with a two-run home run to right field.
The Broncos added three on back-to-back singles from Drew Devine and Forestell to go up 7-1.