OVU, Trevecca Nazarene baseball split
PARKERSBURG – Tucker Hughes went the distance during Ohio Valley University’s 8-7 game-two Great Midwest Athletic Conference victory against Trevecca Nazarene here Saturday at Bennett Stump Field and the host Fighting Scots avoided a twinbill sweep after falling 5-1 to the Trojans in the seven-inning opener.
OVU (14-23, 4-12) managed eight hits as Trojan John Bolton hurled a complete game. Fighting Scot freshman Christian Hall did the only damage with a solo home run in the fifth to right-center – his second of the season. Hall was joined by teammates Logan Dan and Travis Parrish, who had a double and two stolen bases, in going 2 for 3.
A three-run second was more than enough for Bolton, who was handed the lead when losing pitcher Eric Schweitzer allowed an RBI groundout to Ethan Hurt and then issued consecutive RBI free passes to Nick Howell and Tyler Tichenor.
J.R. Davis pitched the final five frames, but the OVU bats were quiet. TNU (31-10, 13-3) tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth. Patrick Reed walked, stole second and scored on Tichenor’s sacrifice fly in the fourth. In the fifth, Hurt reached on OVU’s lone error, swiped two bags and cruised home on a wild pitch.
Ohio Valley shortstop Marlon Bellmas was robbed of a hit to open the sixth when his sharp grounder went off the mound and second baseman Tichenor fielded it deep in the hole and just got the throw to first in time. The hosts had the bases loaded in the seventh with no outs after singles by Dan and Hall along with a walk by Chris Perna. However, Bolton retired Max Brown and then got Mason Rine to hit into a game-ending 6-3 double play as Ryan Arrington stepped on second and fired the ball to Bryson Shelton.
Catcher Luke Fennell went 3 for 3 and scored a run for the Trojans, who also got a 2 for 4 effort from third baseman Hunter Newman in the opener.
OVU, which returns to action at 4 p.m. Tuesday back at City Park for a doubleheader against W.Va. State, took the lead for good in game two with a three-run eighth. Brown had a two-run single and Rine proceeded to drive in what turned out to be the winning run when his single scored Brown for an 8-6 cushion.
Newman, who had a two-run bomb in the fifth, added a solo shot off Hughes in the ninth, but that was the final tally for the Trojans.
Hughes scattered 11 hits, walked one and recorded one strikeout in his nine innings to improve to 3-2. Rob Rowland worked the first six frames and didn’t factor into the decision. Austin Sisk (4-1) was charged with the loss.
Brown and Rine finished with three RBIs apiece. Hall went 2 for 2 with a stolen base and one RBI while Parrish was 2 for 3 and also knocked in a run.
Howell, who once again hit leadoff for the Trojans, finished 1 for 5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Arrington went 2 for 4 and Hurt also had a run-batted-in.