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Ohio Concludes Weekend by Falling to UNCW

Rob Smith

Feb. 23, 2014

Box Score

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team (2-4) dropped the fourth and final game of its weekend tournament at UNC-Wilmington to the host Seahawks, 9-1 at Brooks Field Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore starting pitcher Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Bobcats despite giving up just two earned runs. In addition, Sitz struck out six and walked just one batter. With the loss, Sitz dropped to 0-2 on the year.

UNCW opened the scoring in the bottom half of the third as it plated a pair of runs on three hits.

Three innings later, the Seahawks struck again with three runs in the bottom half of the sixth to push their advantage to 5-0. All three of UNCW's runs came with two outs in the frame. Freshman reliever Christian Botter (Toronto, Canada) was tagged for all three runs after he retired two of the three batters he faced.

In the bottom of the eighth, UNCW put the game out of reach as it scored four runs on five hits in the bottom half of the eighth inning.

The Bobcats avoided the shutout as it plated one run in the top half of the ninth inning thanks to an RBI single by Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio). Black's single allowed junior first baseman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) to score. Madsen led off the inning with a single to shortstop.

Madsen finished the weekend tournament with a team-best .529 batting average. He went 9-for-17 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Ohio returns to action this Friday as it travels to Statesboro, Ga. to faceoff against Georgia Southern. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.