March 3, 2013
CARY, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team dropped its final game of the Irish Classic Sunday afternoon as it fell 7-6 to Massachusetts at the USA Baseball Training Facility.
Senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) suffered the loss as he came on relief. Despite the loss, Barber was sharp as he went 3.2 innings, allowed three hits and struck out three of the 15 batters he faced. Ohio starter Connor Sitz (Columbus, Ohio) was touched up for five earned runs and eight hits.
UMass' Jordan Pace picked up the win for the Minutemen as he came on relief. Pace finished the afternoon as he went 1.1 innings, allowed no runs and struck out one.
Offensively Ohio tallied 10 hits, which marked the third time this season the Bobcats have posted double figure hit totals. Senior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) led the way as he went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio), sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio) also chipped in as they tallied a pair of hits.
UMass outscored Ohio 4-1 over the first two innings of play, but Ohio fought as it plated one in the third and then four runs on three hits in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.
Both Schmidt and Wells collected RBI doubles in the inning, but the biggest play came when senior catcher J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio) reached base on a throwing error by UMass pitcher Dan Stoops. Stoops' throwing error allowed Schmidt to score from third and Squires all the way in from second base to give the Bobcats a 5-4 lead.
The Minutemen responded with a pair of runs in the fifth to even the score at six. Both teams remained scoreless until the ninth when UMass reclaimed the lead as it scored one run to take a 7-6.
Ohio will remain in North Carolina until Wednesday night. The Bobcats open a two-game series with High Point on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.