By Tim Glon
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Ohio Northern baseball team opened its 2019 season with a 10-1 win over Illinois College on Sunday afternoon at Osceola Heritage Park Field 2 as part of the Russ Matt Tournament.
The Polar Bears (1-0) scored three runs in the third and four more in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead and cruised to the win.
The Blueboys fall to 0-1.
Sophomore Michael Rocco (Orlando, Fla./Zionsville) went 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored to lead a 13-hit ONU offensive performance.
Junior Jack Schaller (Bowling Green) allowed only one hit and one unearned run in 5.0 innings of work to earn the win on the mound and improve to 1-0 on the season.
Junior Troy Wagner (Liberty Township/Lakota West) threw three shutout innings of relief to earn his first career save.
The Polar Bears will return to action in the Russ Matt Invitational on Monday with a double header against Coe (Iowa) at 2 pm.