COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore pitcher Travis Lakins posted nine strikeouts, while the Scarlet bats notched 11 runs on 12 hits to defeat Gray, 11-1, in game 3 of the 2014 Scarlet & Gray World Series. With the victory, Scarlet takes a 2-1 lead and can clinch the series tomorrow with a win. First pitch is scheduled for Noon ET Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Lakins, a native of Franklin, Ohio, was strong from the first pitch Friday night in Columbus. He limited the Gray bats to just four hits, one run and two walks in four innings of work. Redshirt sophomore Shea Murray also pitched well for the Scarlet, throwing three innings of no-hit baseball with three strikeouts.
Offensively for Scarlet, six different batters posted multi-hit performances. Freshman infielder Nate Romans led the charge with a home run and three RBI and two runs scored, while senior Pat Porter and junior Troy Kuhn both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Senior catcher Connor Sabanosh also had a pair of hits, including a double with two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore shortstop Jalen Washington picked up a pair of hits and a run scored as well, while first baseman Ryan Leffel earned two RBI in the big win.
Scarlet jumped out to a six-run lead in the top of the first. Sabanosh plated the first run for Gray on a single through the left side to score Kuhn followed by Porter who placed a double down the left field line to push Winand across home plate. An RBI groundout by Leffel and a RBI single by Romans then made it 4-0 in favor of the Scarlet. A fielding error by Gray then allowed two Scarlet runners to score to give the away team an early 6-0 lead. Scarlet continued the momentum in the second inning with two more runs. Porter singled to left center to score Sabanosh, while Corna took a pitch the other way with two down for an RBI double to left center.
Gray got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when sophomore Ronnie Dawson pulled a ball through the left side to score Nennig with two down. But that would be it for the Gray squad as Lakins ended his solid outing with a called strike three to strand two Gray baserunners.
Scarlet added three runs in the fifth fame to make it 11-1 after Roman’s two-run home run over the right field wall and an RBI double by Sabanosh, respectively.
For the Gray, sophomore pitcher Tanner Tully received the loss after allowing six hits on eight runs (four earned), two walks with one strikeout in four innings of work. Redshirt sophomore Joe Stoll threw an inning and gave up three runs on four hits, while redshirt junior Matt Panek tossed the final two innings, allowing no runs on two hits with a strikeout. Lead-off hitter Craig Nennig had the best night at the plate for Gray, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.
Game 4 of the Scarlet & Gray Series begins at Noon ET Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Guests will need to park in Day of Game football lots and pay $15. Admission is free.