The baseball program at Shawnee State University broke away from its offensive struggles on Tuesday evening, with the Bears obtaining a grand slam from Cameron Reaman, two two-run home runs from Howie Rodriguez and Kyle Gammon, and a solo shot from Jacob Kline in a 13-2, seven-inning victory over Ohio Christian Tuesday afternoon at Branch Rickey Park in Portsmouth.
SSU, who collected its 13 runs on 13 hits, utilized its four big flies to put up a crooked number as nine players scored on the home runs by themselves. The Bears posted eight extra base hits on the day, with Kline and Gammon each collecting a home run and a double apiece to lead Shawnee State’s offensive onslaught.
SSU took the lead in the opening frame following a single by Jones, an outfield error on the same play, and a wild pitch — which allowed Ben Sellers to score after Jones moved Sellers over to third.
From there, a leadoff single by Kline, along with two hit batsmen, led to a scoring opportunity that Shawnee State did not waste. Reaman, who also threw five-and-a-third innings of three-hit, two-run baseball, aided his own cause by depositing a ball over the left center field wall for a two-out grand slam.
The Bears wouldn’t look back from then on, as Sellers got the offense rolling again in the bottom of the fifth with a liner to center. The senior’s single was followed by four consecutive hits — including a two-RBI single by Danny McGuire that bounced through the left side of the infield, Kline’s solo homer, which was smoked to deep right center, and Rodriguez’s two-run homer to left center.
The five-run fifth doubled Shawnee State’s output for the entire affair up to that point as the Bears took a 10-0 advantage after five complete. Ohio Christian added two runs in the top half of the sixth frame on a pair of sacrifice fly RBIs, but SSU answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame as two infield errors by OCU and Gammon’s two-run homer capped off the scoring. Seth Pluta capped off the performance by throwing an inning-and-two-thirds of scoreless baseball in relief while giving up just one hit to preserve the winning decision for Reaman.
Shawnee State will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon as the Bears will face Cincinnati-Clermont. Game time will commence at 3 p.m.
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