LIMA — After being forced to play 15 innings Saturday night before finally defeating the Southern Ohio Copperheads 12-11, the Lima Locos were determined not to waste opportunities in Sunday’s rematch with the Copperheads.
On Sunday, the Locos pounded 21 base hits en route to a 15-5 victory over first-place Southern Ohio in Great Lakes Collegiate League action at Simmons Field.
In Saturday’s marathon victory over Southern Ohio, the Locos left a total of 26 base runners stranded.
On Sunday, the Locos (13-9) made the most of its opportunities as they broke the game wide open by the sixth inning.
Eight players had multiple-hit games for the Locos. Tyler Olivet (San Jose State) and Matt Furuto (UAB) led Lima with four hits each.
Jess Posey (Georgia), Alex Liquori (Kennesaw State), Cody Strong (Purdue), Shawn Sanders (St. Johns River State), AJ Flores (William Patterson) and Tyler Grogg (Toledo) all had two hits each for the Locos.
Olivet was playing in just his second game as a Loco, as he just recently signed to play.
“It was great today, considering it was two days ago when I first got here,” Olivet said. “Personally for me, I was just trying to get the bat on the ball. It felt good to get solid contact today. That was all I was looking to do.”
Travis Bergen (Kennesaw State) started on the pitching mound for the Locos. Bergen worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He walked five and walked one, while tossing 83 pitches.
Art Warren (Cincinnati) came in to take over on the mound for the Locos in the sixth. Warren closed the game out, scattering two hits, while giving up three runs. Warren struck out five, including striking out the side in the ninth to garner the save.
“That’s huge,” Locos coach Chad Ehrnsberger said about Warren’s performance. “Art’s one of those guys who has all the potential in the world. He just has to be able to put it together when he steps on the mound. We’ve seen flashes of it this summer, but what he did today was huge.”
The Locos scored four runs in the second, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and five more in the sixth.
“This is the type of team we’ve had all year,” Ehrnsberger said. “They came out with fire and passion these past two games. I know we have some guys that can play and we’ve been kind of under-performing. …That’s frustrating. But at the same time, they came ready to play. It’s a first-place team (Southern Ohio), but I want to see it every game. We have Lexington coming in tomorrow and I hope we have the same intensity as we did both yesterday and today.”
Southern Ohio (18-8) used three pitchers on Sunday. Jordan Peterson lasted 4 2/3 innings before being lifted. Peterson scattered 13 hits and gave up 10 runs (8 earned), while striking out one and walking two.
Dalton Woodard pitched 2/3 of an inning. Brandon Bonar worked the final 2 2/3 innings for the Copperheads.
Southern Ohio did not score until the fourth inning. The Copperheads scored two runs on three hits in the fourth. The Copperheads added one run in the sixth and two more in the eighth.
For the game, Mike Accardi led Southern Ohio at the plate, going 3 for 4.
The Locos return to action at 7 p.m. tonight when they play host to Lexington at Simmons Field.