A walk-off single led the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers past Rio Grande 12-11 on Friday. The game was tied at 11 with the Trailblazers batting in the bottom of the ninth when Jarod Hamlin (JR/Carlisle, OH) singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.
Ohio Christian collected 17 hits and Rio Grande had 11 in the high-scoring affair.
Rio Grande got on the board in the first inning where Jesse Watson drove in one with a single.
After Rio Grande scored one run in the top of the eighth, the Trailblazers answered with one of their own. Rio Grande scored when Clayton Surrell doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. OCU then answered when Hunter Holt (SR/Liberty Township, OH) lined out, driving in a run.
Rio Grande scored five runs in the seventh inning. The offensive firepower by Rio Grande was led by Kent Reeser, Watson, Jon Erhard, and Tristan Arno, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Jonathan Vetter-Pierce was the winning pitcher for Ohio Christian University Trailblazers Varsity. Vetter-Pierce lasted one inning, allowing two hits and one run while walking zero. Will Bishop (FR/Mount Orab, OH), Bailey Roberts (JR/Washington CH, OH), and Logan Harris (SR/Piqua, OH) all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.
Surrell took the loss for Rio Grande. Surrell allowed zero runs on one hit and walked zero.
Zach Kendall started the game for Rio Grande. The pitcher went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out seven and walking zero. Tanner Popp (SR/Chillicothe, OH) started the game for Ohio Christian University Trailblazers Varsity. The righty allowed seven hits and seven runs over six and a third innings, striking out three.
Ohio Christian collected 17 hits. Bryant Lung (JR/Seaman, OH), Seth Nichols (SO/Ironton, OH), Logan Kottenbrook (SR/Waverly, OH), Shawn Grider (JR/Greenwood, IN), Jarod Hamlin, and Hunter Holt all had multiple hits for Ohio Christian. Logan Kottenbrook, Seth Nichols, and Bryant Lung each collected three hits to lead the Trailblazers.
Rio Grande racked up 11 hits on the day. Surrell, Reeser, Watson, and Caden Cluxton each had multiple hits for Rio Grande. Surrell went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Rio Grande in hits.
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