Ohio University scored seven runs with two outs in the fifth inning and went on to hand the Kent State baseball team its third consecutive Mid-American Conference setback, an 8-5 defeat Friday afternoon in Athens.
Golden Flashes sophomore starting pitcher Joey Murray (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Murray took a shutout into the fifth inning and struck out the first two batters of the frame before giving up a two-out walk. The next three Bobcats (27-25, 13-10 MAC) singled, then junior Michael Klein ripped a three-run homer to put his team up 5-1 and trigger Murray's exit.
Sophomore Connor Wollersheim entered for KSU and gave up two more runs on four straight singles before recording the third out of the inning.
Freshman pinch hitter Phil Ferguson and junior Dylan Rosa each hit two-run homers for the Flashes. Ferguson's blast came in the eighth, while Rosa ripped his team-leading 11th dinger in the ninth.
Senior Dom Iero added two hits and an RBI for Kent State (34-16, 17-6).
The Flashes have already secured the No. 1 seed for next week's MAC Tournament and a share of the regular season title. They can secure the regular season crown outright with a win in Athens or a Central Michigan loss in today's regular season finale.