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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Zeke Isaacs struck out seven hitters in 4.2 innings in a no decision against Vanderbilt Sunday.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Zeke Isaacs struck out seven hitters in 4.2 innings in a no decision against Vanderbilt Sunday.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Feb. 18, 2007

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Ohio baseball team scored a run in the first inning of each game Sunday in a doubleheader against No. 3 Vanderbilt, but the Bobcats were unable to get back in the scoring column as they fell by scores of 11-1 and 5-1 at Hawkins Field.

"We played a great team," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "You have to give Vanderbilt credit. We think they have a great pitching staff, as good of a pitching staff there is in the country. They are going to be an NCAA Regional team. Price is going to be a number one draft pick, maybe one of the top two or three guys, and Alvarez is as good of a hitter as I have seen in college baseball in the last five or 10 years."

The doubleheader was played to make up for Saturday's contest that was postponed due to weather. Ohio fell to 0-3 on the season while Vanderbilt, ranked third in the nation by Baseball America, improved to 6-0 for the year. Despite playing in just their second and third games outdoors this season, the Bobcats finished with just two errors between the two games.

"We did not have an error in the first game and made some pretty good defensive plays in the second game," Carbone said. "We had a couple of errors in the second game but they did not hurt us."

The day started off with an 11-1 Bobcat loss in eight innings. Senior Dan Weiss (Cincinnati, Ohio) started the game and took the loss, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in 3.2 innings. Sophomore Adam Goodpasture (Columbus, Ohio) threw the final 3.1 innings of the contest and gave up nine hits and seven earned runs. Nick Christiani earned the win for Vandy, allowing one unearned run and six hits in eight innings. The Bobcats finished with one run on six hits and did not commit an error while the Commodores posted 11 runs on 16 hits with one error.

Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) went 1-for-4 in game one and drove in Ohio's only run. Senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) missed both games with an injury he suffered on Friday. Walker led the Mid-American Conference with a .377 batting average last season.

"I thought Stiffler swung the bat better than anybody this weekend," Carbone said. "It hurt not having Willie (Walker) in there. When you take your centerfielder and your number three or four hitter out of the lineup that kind of hurts your lineup."

Freshman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio) was 1-for-2 with a walk while freshman Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 1-for-4 in the loss. Both collected the first hits of their Bobcat careers. Sophomores Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Hayden Johnston (Strattanville, Pa.) each finished the game 1-for-3. Pedro Alvarez paced the Commodores with a 3-for-4 performance, including two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored.

The nightcap of the doubleheader featured a close contest but an eventual 5-1 Ohio loss. Senior Zeke Isaacs (West Carrollton, Ohio) limited the Commodores to just two hits and one run in 4.2 innings in a no decision. Isaacs struck out seven in the contest but the Commodores scored four runs between the sixth and seventh innings for the win. Senior Daniel Utts (Circleville, Ohio) took the loss as he allowed a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Junior Andrew Shisila (Mentor, Ohio) threw a scoreless eighth in the loss. Baseball America preseason All-America selection David Price earned the win for the Commodores. Price struck out 12 hitters and allowed one run on three hits in 6.1 innings pitched.

The Bobcats finished with one run on three hits and two errors in the nightcap. Ohio got one hit apiece from seniors J.T. Osburn (Warrenton, Va.), Jon Vondrell (Centerville, Ohio) and Jared Willis (Logan, W.Va.). Vanderbilt scored five runs on nine hits without committing an error. Alvarez again led the club as he went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.

In game one of the doubleheader, the Bobcats wasted no time getting on the board as they pushed a run across in the top of the first inning. With one out, senior Bryan Witt (Powell, Ohio) reached on an error by the pitcher and moved to third when senior Dusty Hammond (Bellefontaine, Ohio) singled to right field. Stiffler followed with an RBI fielder's choice to put the Bobcats on top 1-0.

Weiss worked his way through two scoreless innings but ran into control problems in the third. After a one-out walk to David Macias, he got Alex Feinberg to fly out for the second out of the inning. Alvarez followed with another walk and Flaherty made the bases on balls hurt with a two-run double to give the Commodores a 2-1 lead after three innings.

The Commodores rallied for two more in the fourth on a pair of two-out, RBI singles for a 4-1 lead. Vanderbilt tallied another run in the fifth and then put things away with a three-run, sixth inning for an 8-1 lead. After another run in the eight, Alvarez put the game to an end with a two-run blast for an 11-1 Commodore win in eight innings.

The Bobcats started off game two of the doubleheader in the same fashion as game one as they scored a run in the top of the first. Osburn led the contest off with a double and moved to third on a groundout by Witt. Stiffler again drove the run in for Ohio with a groundout to second base for a 1-0 Bobcat lead.

Isaacs made the lead stand up for the first three innings and did not allow a Vanderbilt hit until there was one out in the fourth inning. The Commodores tied the game in the fourth on an RBI single by Flaherty. The game stayed tied at two until the bottom of the sixth, when Brad French collected a two-out, two-run double to give Vanderbilt at 3-1 lead. The Commodores tacked on two more in the seventh, with both runs again coming with two outs in the frame, to finish the scoring at 5-1.

The Bobcats will search for their first win of the season next Friday with a 4:00 p.m. contest at Davidson.