Oct. 18, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman pitcher Jacob Niggemeyer limited the Gray bats to three hits, while the Scarlet hitters scattered five runs to claim the 2014 Scarlet & Gray Series Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium with a 5-1 win in Game 4. The annual fall series concluded fall ball for the Buckeyes, which returns 23 letterwinners for the 2015 spring season. 

Scarlet gained an early lead against Gray and did not look back, while Niggemeyer, a native of Powell, Ohio, stranded four Gray baserunners in six innings of work. He finished the fall series with a 2-0 mark, throwing a combined 13 innings of scoreless baseball with five strikeouts. 

For Scarlet, four different members had two or more hits. Junior third baseman Troy Kuhn went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, senior catcher Connor Sabanosh was 2-for-4 with a RBI and sophomore shortstop Jalen Washington was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Freshman infielder Nate Romans had another solid performance at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.  Overall, Kuhn had a strong fall series at the plate, leading the team with a .586 average, three doubles and five runs scored. 

Senior outfielder Pat Porter drove in the first run of the afternoon with a two-out line drive to center to plate Kuhn to give Scarlet the early 1-0 lead. Kuhn began the Scarlet at-bat with a double down the left field line. Scarlet added on two runs in the following inning after Romans sprinted out a double to left center to score Washington. A two-out RBI single by Sabanosh then made it 3-0 Scarlet. 

After Gray stranded a runner in the top half of the third, Scarlet scored a run for the third-consecutive inning to extend the lead to 4-0. Romans continued the hot bat with a one-out RBI single to right field to push around Ryan Leffel, who led off with a single through the right side. Niggemeyer stranded a Gray baserunner for the third straight inning when he induced a groundout to shortstop to maintain the four-run cushion. 

Junior left handed pitcher John Havird relieved starter Jake Post with one down in the fourth and retired back-to-back Scarlet batters to put the home team down in order for the first time of the afternoon. Post threw 3.1 innings, allowing eight hits on four runs with a walk and two strikeouts for Gray. Havird tossed two innings and allowed no runs or hits with three strikeouts. Reliever Kyle Michalik finished on the mound for Gray for the final inning with three hits, one run and a strikeout. 

Scarlet scored its final run on an RBI groundout by Porter in the bottom of the sixth. Senior pitcher Trace Dempsey relieved Niggemeyer in the final frame and gave up a run on an RBI double by junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff, who had two hits vs. the Scarlet pitching.