‘Cats jump on Flyers early, ride lead to victory

The hits just kept coming.

The Bobcats twice batted around and scored eight runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-3 win against Dayton Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium.

“Our batters were patient at the plate and got ahead in the counts. We forced Dayton’s pitchers to make pitches,” Ohio coach Joe Carbone said. “Its always good when you can jump out in front early because everyone’s more relaxed.”

In the first two innings alone, Ohio batters recorded eight hits and two walks as 18 batters came to the plate.  Dayton (26-22) also hit a batter and added three errors in the opening two innings.

The Bobcats (23-25) chased Flyers’ starting pitcher Bryce Lahrman from the game after just two-thirds of an inning.

Many of the hits were ground balls that found their way through the infield dirt and into the outfield grass for a base hit.

“We hit some balls hard and found the holes,” Carbone said. “We had the same type of hits at Buffalo that turned into five double plays.”

Right fielder Adam Gecewich had four hits and was the beneficiary of some ground balls that found the holes.

“That’s just how baseball is,” Gecewich said. “Sometimes you’ll hit it on the ground four times and get four hits and other times you’ll get four outs, we just got lucky tonight.”

Designated hitter Seth Streich also recorded three hits as well as three RBIs.

“Hitting is contagious,” Gecewich said. “If one guy gets on, everyone is excited and wants to get a hit as well. It just piles on.”

While Ohio batters were making it look easy at the plate, starting pitcher Ben Trimbur made it look easy on the mound.

In his first career start for the Bobcats, Trimber threw three innings allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out two.

“He threw strikes and his fastball had good movement on it,” Carbone said. “He had them off-balanced and they didn’t know what he was throwing. The hitters were at his mercy.”

With the win, Trimber’s record moves to 4-2. Lahrman (2-2) was saddled with the loss.

Despite the good start from Trimber, Carbone pulled him in order to get other pitchers some work.

In all, Carbone used seven different pitchers, many of which don’t normally get much playing time during Mid-American Conference games.

Carbone was so adamant about getting a lot of pitchers in the game that he pulled pitcher Shane Cole from the game with just one out remaining and no one on base in the ninth.

Despite two-out runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Carbone said he was generally pleased with the performances of his pitchers.

“Having such a big lead like that makes the pitchers more comfortable and allows them not to have to be so fine with their pitches,” Carbone said.  “It also allows the pitchers to throw to the bigger part of the plate.”

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