ADA, Ohio-- Denison moved to 12-3 while extending their winning streak to six after an 8-1 win at Ohio Northern on Tuesday.
Four Big Red pitchers combined for a 3-hitter and did not allow an earned run. Junior right-hander Zack Huarte got the start and pitched the first four innings and did not allow an earned run. He gave up two hits and struck out five to improve to 5-0 while lowering his ERA to a minuscule 0.57. Mikey Rivera followed with three innings one one-hit baseball. The eighth and the ninth were turned over to Cody Mauri and Connor Hanrahan who closed things out.
Denison trailed 1-0 until the fifth when Noah Hahn's single to center scored Sam Frazen. Jack Blanchard followed with a RBI single that plated Joseph Maydwell. Hahn's base hit extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
In the sixth, Evan Flax led off with a base hit and stole second for his team-leading 11th stolen base of the season. An error by Ohio Northern third baseman Luke Klinehoffer scored Flax and allowed Tanner Johnson to reach base and advance all the way to third base. Frazen made the Polar Bears pay with a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Johnson with DU's fourth run.
The score remained 4-1 in favor of the Big Red until the eighth when Johnson blasted a two-run homer over the wall in left to put his team up 6-1. It was Johnson's second home run in as many days.
In the ninth, DU grew its lead to 8-1 after a two-run double by Flax. Frazen led the team offensively, going 4-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. He is the third different Denison player to post a 4-hit game this season. Flax was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored and Blanchard finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ohio Northern starter Austin Frey (0-2) took the loss. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three earned runs off six hits while striking out four.
Denison enters North Coast Athletic Conference West Division play on Saturday with the league's lowest team ERA at 1.89. Teams are batting only .224 against the Big Red through 15 games. Conversely, the offense is hitting .334 as a team and opposing pitchers sport an 8.44 ERA against the Big Red offense.
Wabash College comes to Granville on Saturday (April 1) to begin a 4-game NCAC West series at Big Red Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (April 2).