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LGHL Ohio State goes on the road and beats OU in Athens

Ben Martens

Ohio State goes on the road and beats OU in Athens
Ben Martens
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The Buckeyes used freshman Ryan Feltner's best career start and some early offense to top the Bobcats, 6-3.

Ohio State didn't have to travel far for Tuesday night's road game, making the 80-mile trek down US-33 to Athens for a matchup with Ohio University. The Buckeyes used early scoring to top the Bobcats, 6-3, and improve to 15-7-1 in 2016.

Redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic continued his success at the plate to lead the Ohio State offensive charge. The right fielder went 2-for-4, scoring two runs and hitting a two-run home run, his team-leading seventh of the season.

Freshman Ryan Feltner notched the first win of his young career, allowing just one run on five hits in 5.2 innings of work, in what has easily been his best start of the season. The bullpen work of Seth Kinker, Daulton Mosbarger, Michael Horejsei, and Yianni Pavlopoulos was able to preserve the lead.

The Buckeyes got on the board right off the rip, putting up two runs in the top of the first inning off Ohio's Logan Jacik. Troy Montgomery led off with a walk and Bosiokovic singled. After a Ronnie Dawson strikeout, Nick Sergakis walked as well to load the bases. A throwing error by Bobcat third baseman John Adryan on a ball off the bat of Troy Kuhn allowed Montgomery to score, and a sacrifice fly by Jalen Washington brought Bosiokovic plateward.

Bosiokovic struck in the top of the second with two outs. Craig Nennig, who singled to lead the inning off, was on base when the ball flew over the left field fence.

Jacik made it through just two innings, giving up the four runs, three earned. Reliever Michael Klein entered the game after that and silenced the Buckeye bats for the next four innings.

The lone blemish for Feltner was a two-out sacrifice fly by OU's Tony Giannini in the bottom of the sixth. Kinker relieved and finished out the inning without any more damage.

The Bobcats got two more in the seventh. After Mosbarger allowed two runners on base, a Horejsei wild pitch on a strikeout allowed Manny DeJesus to score. An error on second baseman L. Grant Davis brought Mitch Longo home and trimmed the lead to 4-3.

Ohio State put up a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth off Jake Roehn to put things away. Washington led off with a single and scored on a double by Brady Cherry. Cherry crossed the plate two batters later when Ryan Leffel sent a sacrifice fly to center.

In welcome news, Pavlopoulos tossed a scoreless ninth, striking out the side, for his sixth save of the season. Pavlopoulos was struck by a liner in the leg over the weekend against the first Northwestern batter he faced and has been dealing with bruising and soreness. There were questions as to how long the righty would be held out as a precautionary measure.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus on Wednesday night to host Toledo at Bill Davis Stadium. The two sides met twice the first weekend of the season at the Historic Dodgertown Classic in Florida, with Ohio State winning the first and the second ending in a tie. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ET, and the game will air on BTN Plus.

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