Falcons increase win streak to eight, sweep OU on the road

Justin Onslow and Justin Onslow

T.J. Blanton, Dennis Vaughn and Jon Berti all went deep on Sunday as the Falcons rolled past Ohio University, completing their weekend sweep and extending their winning streak to eight games.

BG outscored the Bobcats 41-12 in the series, and remains one game back in the Mid-American Conference East Division and two games back in the overall conference standings.

Brennan Smith, Michael Frank and Kevin Leady combined for the team’s best weekend pitching performance of the year. They combined for only six earned runs in 20 and a third innings of work, striking out 15 Bobcats and walking only five.

The Falcons batted an impressive .382 for the series, belting five home runs. Sophomore shortstop Jon Berti accounted for two of the five Falcon home runs and went 6-for-13 with eight RBIs on the series.

Game 1: BG 21, OU 5

The Falcons got off to a commanding 8-0 lead before the Bobcats ever got on the board. BG scored in each of the first five frames, bolstered by a three-run homer off the bat of Jon Berti in the top of the third inning.

The Falcons took an 8-3 lead into the ninth and went off for 12 runs on 10 hits in the final frame. Dereck Spencer, Mark Galvin and Jon Berti combined for 11-for-17 and nine RBIs at the plate.

Brennan Smith got the nod for BG and pitched his best game of the year, allowing only one earned run in six and a third innings of work. He struck out nine Bobcats, walked three and got his third win of the season. Charles Wooten and Dan Parsons finished out the game and allowed OU’s final two runs.

Game 2: BG 8, OU 2

BG once again got on the board first, jumping OU starter Jason Moulton for three runs in the first. The Falcons tacked on two more in the second and never looked back. Freshman pitcher Michael Frank threw seven innings for BG and got his second win of the season.

Senior second baseman and leadoff hitter Logan Meisler was the Falcons’ leading hitter of the day. He went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Senior left fielder Dennis Vaughn added three RBIs and a run on 2-for-4 at the plate.

Sophomore Ross Gerdeman continued his impressive season in relief for BG. He pitched two scoreless innings to finish out the game, lowering his season ERA to 4.45. He has struck out 20 batters and walked only nine in 30 and a third innings of work this year.

Game 3: BG 12, OU 5

For the first time in the series, BG failed to score in the first inning and allowed OU to get an early 1-0 lead. The Falcons answered back in the second, scoring two runs after a leadoff double off the bat of Mark Galvin. Jon Berti walked and freshman Matt Pitzulo doubled to center, scoring both Falcons.

BG continued to tack on runs throughout the game. The team scored in six of nine innings, including three-run fifth and eighth innings. OU could not manage to score more than one run in any given inning, spacing out its five runs and over five frames.

T.J. Blanton was the Falcons’ leading hitter in the game. He went 4-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs, including a two-run home run. Jon Berti and Dennis Vaughn also went yard for the Falcons, increasing the team’s home run total to 29 on the season.

Senior Kevin Leady continued his dominance on the hill for the Falcons this year. He improved to 6-1 and leads the starting rotation with a 3.77 ERA. Patrick O’Brien closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning, sealing the Falcons’ eighth straight victory.

BG (18-18-1, 9-6 MAC) will look to add onto its season-high eight-game winning streak Wednesday at Cleveland State. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.