March 3, 2012
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The Ohio University Baseball team (3-6) picked up a pair of victories on Saturday as it defeated Presbyterian (8-1) in game one and Davidson (7-6/10 innings) in game two to improve to 2-1 at the Davidson Tournament.
The Bobcats' back-to-back victories snapped a five-game losing streak. Four of Ohio's losses during that stretch came by three runs or less. Ohio totaled 20 hits over the two games on Saturday, including a season-best 12 hits against Presbyterian.
"Every game we play we are starting to do things a little better," said head coach Joe Carbone. "We started swinging the bats better and that was good to see. Both of these wins have been great for our guys' confidence."
Sophomore catcher Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Bobcats as he drove in a team-best five RBI in the two games. He also collected four hits. Senior Jensen Painter (Wilshire, Ohio) also turned in a strong performance at the plate as he combined for four RBI.
Ohio also received an outstanding pitching performance in game one against Presbyterian from Brent Choban (Rittman, Ohio). The senior lefty worked 8.0 innings, scattered eight hits, struck out four and allowed just one earned run.
"Choban was absolutely dominating today," Carbone said. "He had his breaking ball going and he was able to pick a couple people off which got him out of a couple of jams."
In game one against Presbyterian, Ohio made quick work of the Blue Hose as it jumped out to a commanding 5-0 lead after three innings.
The Bobcats plated four runs in the top half of the first thanks to an RBI single by junior Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) and a three-run home run by Dean. His three-run blast was his first home run of his college career. In the third inning, Painter hit a double, which plated fellow senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio).
Ohio added another run in the sixth and another in the eighth to make the count 8-0. The two runs in the eighth came from Painter, who drilled his team-best second home run on the year.
In game two against Davidson, the Bobcats rallied back from a 5-2 deficit in the sixth inning. Ohio outscored Davidson 4-1 in the final three innings to send the game into extra frames.
Dean led the comeback in the top of the seventh as he collected a pinch hit single down the left field line to drive in a pair of runs, which made the count 5-4. Davidson came right back in the bottom of the frame with a run of its own to increase its lead to 6-4, but that would be the last time the Wildcats would score.
In the top of the ninth, Ohio scored two runs with two outs following RBI singles by Painter and freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio).
"I was really pleased with the way our guys fought today," Carbone said. "They never quit and you love to see that type of fight in your team."
In the top of the 10th, senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) drove in the go-ahead run as he singled through the right side which drove home freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio). In the bottom half of the inning, sophomore right-hander Tyler Stage (Grove City, Ohio) closed out the Wildcats and picked up the win.
Ohio returns to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. as it takes on Presbyterian. Freshman right-hander Nick Plys (Parma, Ohio) will take the mound for his first career start.