Feb. 22, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team (0-3) suffered a 7-0 loss to New Mexico State in the second game of the Keith LeClair Classic Friday afternoon inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Ohio freshman pitcher Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Bobcats after he worked 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. New Mexico State starter Adam Mott earned the victory after he logged 7.0 innings, allowed five hits and no earned runs.
Offensively, Ohio outhit the Aggies 6-5, but were unable to get any runners into score as the `Cats were shutout for the second time this season. Individually, junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) led Ohio at the plate as he registered a pair of hits.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings, but in the top half of the third, the Aggies broke the scoreless tie thanks to Michael Paulson's solo home run, which sailed over the right field wall. Two innings later, Paulson struck again as he belted his home run of the day in almost the exact same location as he parked a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall.
The Bobcats threatened in the bottom half of the frame as sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led off the frame with a double into left-center field. Nikithser would then move over to third base thanks to a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher JR Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio). However, the `Cats were unable to bring in Nikithser were held scoreless in the fifth.
The Aggies added two more runs in the sixth to make the count 4-0, but it could have been much worse as New Mexico State loaded the bases with just one out. Senior right-hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) came on in relief and would end the Aggie threat as he struck out the final two NMSU batters to get the `Cats out of the jam.
Both teams would remain scoreless over the next two innings, but in the top half of the ninth, the Aggies would break the game open with a three-run frame to make the count 7-0. Parker Hipp highlighted the inning with a three-run homer over run over the right field wall to secure the win.
Ohio's final game for the tournament is tentatively set for Saturday against Boston College with the time to be determined.