CARY, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team (1-5) dropped its weekend opener of the Irish Classic, falling to No. 25 Virginia Tech (10-1) Friday afternoon at the USA Baseball Training Facility.
Freshman right-hander Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss and dropped to 1-2 on the year. Miller worked 5.2 innings gave up 13 hits allowed eight runs and strike out one. As a team, Ohio was outhit 14-4.
Offensively, Ohio was held in check by Virginia Tech starter Eddie Campbell as he went 7.0 innings, holding the `Cats to just two hits and two earned runs, while striking out 10 as he picked up his first win of the year.
The Hokies opened the scoring in the first inning as they plated a pair of runs on two hits in the bottom half of the first inning.
Ohio fought back in the top half of the second frame with a pair of run to even the count at two apiece. Sophomores Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) got the inning going as they drew back-to-back walks. Sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came up next and reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with no outs.
Senior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) drew in the first run as he drew a bases loaded walk. Two batters later freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) drew another bases loaded walk to even the score at two apiece. Campbell walked four Ohio batters in the second, but would get out of the inning after he struck out junior Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio).
In the bottom half of the frame, Virginia Tech reclaimed the lead as it plated a pair of runs to take a 4-2 lead. The Hokies added three more runs in the third to increase their advantage to 7-2. Ohio was held scoreless for the remainder of the game, while Virginia Tech added one more run in the sixth to secure the win.
Ohio returns to action on Saturday as it takes on Rhode Island, beginning at Noon. The game will be held at the USA Baseball Training Facility.