March 1, 2014
STATESBORO, Ga. - The Ohio University baseball team (3-5) pounded out 11 hits, but it was not enough as the Bobcats fell 7-3 to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon at JI Clements Stadium.
Senior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Austin Rieman (Hamilton, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Bobcats as both players collected three hits apiece. White also scored a run and collected an RBI, while Rieman went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and scored a run.
Freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) also continued to swing a hot bat for the Bobcats as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI. With his two hit afternoon, Longo extended his team-best hitting streak to eight games.
Junior Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) suffered the loss for Ohio as he allowed four earned runs and four hits in 1.0 inning of work.
Freshman Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) started the game for Ohio, but lasted just 2.2 innings before handing the ball off to sophomore Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio). The two pitchers combined to 6.0 innings, scattered seven hits and struck out six and allowed just one earned run.
The Bobcats utilized seven pitchers in the game. Among the seven hurlers, Ohio pitchers struck out seven, but gave up 15 hits and walked six.
Ohio jumped out to 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. White got the inning started as he doubled down the left field line. Two batters later, he would come into score thanks to an RBI double into right field by junior first baseman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio).
SIUE tied the game at one in the fifth and three innings later the Cougars would take the lead for good as they plated six runs on seven hits in the eighth inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
Ohio would not go quietly as it scored a pair of runs to make the count 7-3. The Bobcats would later bring the tying run to the plate as it loaded the bases with just one out. Despite having the bases loaded, Ohio was unable to score any additional runs as SIUE secured the victory.
The Bobcats return to action tomorrow at 5 p.m. against Georgia Southern. Freshman Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) will get the starting nod for Ohio.