Southern Ohio Copperheads

Southern Ohio’s Sebatian Fabik prepares for a pitch during a game against the Richmond Jazz on Friday. Fabik had four hits, including three doubles, in the Copperheads’ 9-1 win on Saturday.

Note: This recap appears in the Tuesday, June 11 newspaper on Page A6.

Thomas Zazzaro and Jackson Mandella each gave Southern Ohio a solid outing on the mound over the weekend, but it wasn’t enough to gain a series win.

The Richmond Jazz used four pitchers to post a shutout on Sunday, leading to a 2-0 win over the Copperheads inside Bob Wren Stadium.

The win allowed Richmond (2-4) to win two out of three games in the weekend series.

Eric Roberts, Brody Mariotti, Austin Hatfield and Hunter Smith combined to throw a seven-hit shutout against the Copperheads (2-4) on Sunday. They combined to strikeout four and walk two.

Roberts started and pitched three innings, while Mariotti worked three innings in relief. Hatfield pitched 2 1-3 innings, while Smith worked the final 2-3 for the save.

Richmond scored single runs in the third and sixth innings for the win.

Mike Steffan’s sacrifice fly gave the Jazz a 1-0 lead, and Zach Jarosz’s RBI single in the third made it 2-0.

The Copperheads put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, but the potential rally ended when Reese Trahey hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

Chris Gambert and Zyon Avery each went 2 for 4 at the plate for Southern Ohio.

Mandella suffered the pitching loss, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four.

Collin Sells kept the Copperheads in the game by pitching 3 2-3 innings of scoreless relief. He only walked a batter as he didn’t allow a hit, striking out three.

The Copperheads were able to even the series thanks to Saturday’s 9-1 victory.

Zazzaro was the pitching star of the game, nearly pitching a complete-game shutout.

Zazzaro pitched 8 2-3 innings, allowing a run on four hits. He didn’t walk a batter, striking out six.

Sells allowed a run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth after Zazzaro was lifted before recording the final out on a strikeout.

The Copperheads enjoyed their best offensive day of the young season, scoring nine runs on 11 hits. They led 4-0 after a three-run fourth, and pushed the advantage to 9-0 after seven innings.

Sebatian Fabio led the offense, going 4 for 6 with three doubles, a run and an RBI. Lucas Nasonti had a hit, two runs and three RBIs. Zach Iverson and Daniel Cruz each had two-hit games for Southern Ohio.

The Copperheads remain home for a three-game series starting on Tuesday. They will host the Cincinnati Steam on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday’s game will begin at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday’s games are set to begin at 7:05 p.m.

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