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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Sophomore catcher Tanner Piechnick (Canonsburg, Pa.) smashed his sixth home run of the 2018 season, but the Ohio baseball team (17-18) dropped a 6-2 decison to host Marshall (16-17) on Tuesday (April 17) at Kennedy Center YMCA Field.
The Thundering Herd limited the Bobcats to two runs on five hits and four walks.
Ohio took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Piechnick led off with a homer to right. Marshall quickly swung the momentum in the home half of the frame, however. Senior third baseman Kody Matthews hit a two-out single through the right side, and senior catcher Dakota Robbins was hit by a pitch to set the table for redshirt senior left fielder Tucker Linder to smack a three-run home run and give the Thundering Herd the lead.
Marshall extended its lead to 4-1 in the third when sophomore second baseman Peter Hutzal hit a two-out solo shot to right.
The Bobcats cut Marshall's advantage to two in the fifth when senior third baseman Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) led off with an infield single to third, advanced to second on a throwing error by the Thundering Herd on the play and scored two outs later on an RBI ground out to short by junior center fielder Devon Garcia (Bowling Green, Ohio).
That's as close as Ohio got, though, as the Thundering Herd tacked on insurance runs in both the fifth and eighth innings. In the fifth, junior center fielder Andrew Zban coaxed a leadoff walk, stole second and scored one out later on a base hit to short by senior first baseman Will Ray. The eighth inning saw Hutzal crack his second homer of the day -- this one a one-out solo round tripper to right.
Redshirt freshman left-handed starting pitcher Cole Shinsky (Butler, Pa.) took the loss on the mound for Ohio, falling to 0-1 on the year. He struck out two but allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks in four innings of work. Senior right-hander Logan Jacik (Omaha, Neb.) and freshman righty Eddie Kutt (Westlake, Calif.) each threw scoreless innings of relief for the Bobcats.
Sophomore right-handed reliever Jacob Bradley was credited with the pitching victory for Marshall, improving to 1-1 on the season. He fanned two while permitting one unearned run on two hits and two walks over two frames on the mound.
Ohio and Marshall will square off for the second time in as many days when the longtime rivals meet at Bob Wren Stadium on Wednesday (April 18). First pitch is now scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. The contest was originally slated to get underway at 6 p.m. ET, but the start time has been pushed up due to impending rain in the forecast. Wednesday's game will be streamed live by OhioBobcatTV via YouTube, with Gabe Genovesi and Logan Leduc on the call.