Feb. 18, 2012
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Junior Seth Streich tallied three RBI and a home run to lead the Ohio University baseball team (1-1) to a 6-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Brooks Field in game one of the Bobcats' doubleheader against UNC-Wilmington.
Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) finished the game by going 2-4 and added a double, while senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) added two hits, including a home run as well as two RBI of his own. The 1-4 hitters for Ohio accounted for six hits, five runs and all six RBI.
Ohio junior right-hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) picked up the win as he came on in relief of senior starter Brent Choban (Rittman, Ohio). Barber worked 1.1 innings and allowed no earned runs. Choban opened the game by logging six inning and allowed just two earned runs. Junior Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio) earned the save as he worked a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win.
Ohio opened the scoring in the first inning thanks to an RBI triple by sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio). Black roped an 0-2 pitch to right center field which scored senior Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) all the way from first base. Newton got on base following a single to left field, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games, dating back to last season.
UNCW evened the score in the bottom half of the second inning and would later claim the lead in the third as he plated another run to take a 2-1 lead. The Seahawks extended their lead to three in the fourth as UNCW scored on singles by Michael Bass and Tyler Molinaro.
The Bobcats cut UNCW's lead to one in the fifth inning as it scored a pair of runs. Streich drove in the first run as he drilled an RBI double, which scored junior J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio) from third. Painter came up next drilled a single to left field which scored Streich from second.
Ohio tied the game in the eighth inning as Painter connected on a home run. His solo shot was his first of the season and second RBI of the game.
Ohio re-claimed the lead for good in the top half of the ninth thanks to a two-run home run by Streich. Streich parked a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall, which plated also Black, who reached base on a throwing error.
The Bobcats will look to take the second game of their doubleheader as they return to action at 4 p.m. Ohio and UNCW have split the first two games of the series.