STRONGSVILLE - The Southern Ohio Copperheads ended their road trip in grand fashion.

STRONGSVILLE The Southern Ohio Copperheads ended their road trip in grand fashion.

The Copperheads got out the bats and surged past Northern Ohio 17-4 on Friday evening.

Southern Ohio went 3-2 over the last give games, all on the road. It split its pair of games at Northern Ohio, losing 6-5 on Thursday night.

The Copperheads continue to lead the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, improving their record to 12-5. The Northern Ohio Baseball Club is in last place in the 11-team league at 3-14.

The Copperheads hit three home runs in Friday's big win. Chris Osborne connected on a two-run home run for a 9-3 lead. Will Salter left the yard to give the Snakes a 13-3 advantage.

The game really turned into a rout after Tony Giannini got a hold of a pitch with the bases loaded. His seventh-inning grand slam extended the advantage to 17-3.

Tyler Pagano's RBI single to center allowed Southern Ohio to strike first, leading 1-0 after half an inning. Northern Ohio would answer to take a 2-1 lead after an inning of play.

The Copperheads took the lead for good when Trevor Ezell scored two runs with his bases-loaded infield single. That put Southern Ohio ahead 3-2.

Southern Ohio would lead 4-2 on Ted Williams' RBI groundout, and it was 5-2 in the fourth when Conner Callery connected on an RBI single.

The closest Northern Ohio would get from there was down 5-3. The lead went to 7-3 before Osborne's home run made it 9-3.

The Copperheads have survived an early stretch of road games to sit in first place in the GLSCL. Southern Ohio has been on the road for 12 of 17 games so far this summer.

Southern Ohio's next five games will be at home. In fact, 13 of the next 15 games will be played inside Bob Wren Stadium, as the summer schedule evens out.

The stretch of home games starts on Saturday, with a 7:30 p.m. first pitch against Hamilton. The Copperheads will host Hamilton again on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Southern Ohio is set to host Grand Lake on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.