CHILLICOTHE, OH - The OCU Trailblazers picked up a second straight win on Monday night, defeating OU-Chillicothe on the road by a score of 6-2. The Blazers were coming into the game fresh off the heels of a 20-2 blowout win at Ohio University Mansfield on Friday and now find themselves in the postseason hunt after winning two games in a row.
The Trailblazers started off strong with a two-run first inning as Isaiah Haley (FR/Cincinnati, OH) and Ethan Skowronski (FR/Cincinnati, OH) reached base with a pair of base hits. Jordan Dicks (SO/Jefferson, PA) then capitalized with a big two-run double to left-center field.
Leading 2-0, the Trailblazers found themselves in a similar situation in the top of the 4th inning. After Stephen Wood (FR/Liberty Township, OH) doubled and Eric McClure (FR/Lancaster, OH) singled to start the inning, Trevor Whitesed (SR/Tarlton, OH) would step to the plate. Whitesed answered the call with a single up the middle to plate two more OCU runs and give the Trailblazers a 4-0 advantage.
Ohio Christian took advantage of OU-C fielding errors in the 5th inning to add another run. Isaiah Haley would then add another run for OCU in the 6th inning, tattooing a single to left field to score Tanner Holt (SO/Liberty Township, OH) and give the Blazers a 6-0 cushion.
OU-C would engineer a late rally behind a trio of hits to score a pair of runs as Ohio Christian came away victorious by a final count of 6-2.
Ethan Skowronski had a big day at the plate for OCU, going 4 for 4 with a pair of runs scored. Trevor Whitesed and Jordan Dicks each tallied a pair of RBI's in the win. Isaiah Haley, Eric McClure, and Trevor Whitesed each connected on a pair of base hits for OCU.
Chris McIlroy (SR/Circleville, OH) led OCU on the mound, tossing 7.0 innings for the complete-game win. McIlroy struck out four batters and scattered six hits while allowing only two earned runs.
The Blazers (9-18) now have their eyes set on qualifying for the postseason with a 40% overall winning percentage. Doing so would give OCU the opportunity to play in the NCCAA Regionals with a chance of qualifying for the 2015 NCCAA World Series.