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Feb. 25, 2011

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DAVIDSON, N.C.-The Ohio baseball team got a stout effort from sophomore Seth Streich, both with the bat and on the mound, as the Bobcats earned a split of Friday's action at Davidson's Wilson Field.

                                                                                                  

Ohio (1-5) defeated Lehigh 15-8 in the first game, but dropped a hard-fought 2-1 contest to the host Wildcats (3-3) in the nightcap.

 

Streich went 4-for-6 at the designated hitter against Lehigh, which included two doubles and three RBIs. Against Davidson, he was dominant as a starting pitcher, yielding just two hits and four walks with nine strikeouts over seven innings.

 

Bobcat first baseman Taylor Emody also had a big day against Lehigh, driving in five runs on a 3-for-5 effort, while left fielder Jensen Painter scored four times against the Mountain Hawks (0-1).

 

Against Lehigh, the Bobcats fell into a first-inning 2-0 hole, but quickly responded with four in the top of the second. In the frame, catcher Trace Voshell had an RBI-double down the right field line and Emody followed with a run-scoring single to right. Shortstop Wes O'Neill and center fielder Ethan Newton then contributed a sacrifice fly to left and an RBI-single to center to close out the scoring.

 

After Lehigh cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the second, the Bobcats got two more on an RBI-double to left by Adam Gecewich and a run-scoring groundout to short by Emody.

 

With the score 6-5 Ohio, the Bobcats put four more on the board with two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings. Emody sent the first one home on a RBI-single up the middle and Newton lifted a sacrifice fly to left for the other. The sixth inning tallies came on a two-run single to right by Emody to make the score 10-5 Bobcats through five and a half.

 

The two teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh innings, with Ohio's run being plated by an RBI-double to left center by Streich.

 

Following two eighth-inning runs by the Mountain Hawks, the Bobcats put the game away with four insurance runs in the ninth. Streich started the scoring with a two-run single to right and Voshell followed with another run-scoring base knock to right. Gecewich sent the final run home with a groundout to second.

 

Ohio starter Tyler Backstrom (1-0) was credited with the win, allowing just one earned run, six hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings. Lehigh starter Mike Lebo (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and three walks to go with two strikeouts.

 

The Bobcats' Davidson game proved to be a pitchers' duel between Streich and Davidson lefthander Chris Lamb. The two hurlers surrendered nary a run through the game's first seven innings, but it was Lamb who blinked first when Ohio third baseman Dan Ward blasted an eighth-inning leadoff homer over the wall in left center to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

 

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Wildcats evened the affair in the bottom half of the inning, and won it in the ninth when left fielder Forrest Brandt laced a walkoff single to left .

 

Wildcat reliever Andy Bass (1-0) took the victory, allowing the Bobcats just a walk in the ninth inning, while recording a strikeout. Lamb finished with eight innings of work after yielding one run, four hits and two walks to go with six strikeouts. Ohio reliever Jason Moulton (0-1) took the defeat, allowing both of Davidson's runs over the final inning and a third, with three hits to go with one strikeout.

 

The Bobcats will face Lafayette on Saturday and Lehigh, once again, on Sunday. The start time and location for both games is 10 a.m. ET at Wilson Field.

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