March 4, 2011
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
COOKEVILLE, Tenn.-The Ohio baseball team rebounded from an earlier 8-5 defeat at Tennessee Tech Friday afternoon to post an 8-4 win in the nightcap at Bush Stadium.
Ohio now stands 3-7, while Tennessee Tech is 4-7.
Ohio third baseman Dan Ward had two homers, three runs scored and five RBIs on the day, while center fielder Ethan Newton and catcher Trace Voshell also had four hits.
In the first game, Tech put up three runs in the third but Ohio bounced back with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game. Ward launched a two-run bomb for the first two and second baseman Bryan Barnes added a solo shot for the other.
TTU added two more in the bottom of the fifth, but Ohio knotted the game again with single runs in the sixth and seventh on a run-scoring double to center by right fielder Doug Holmes and an RBI groundout by pitcher/designated hitter Seth Streich.
Tech added one in the bottom of the seventh and two in the eighth for the game's final margin. TTU's Tristan Archer (2-1) went six and two-thirds innings on the hill to get the win, allowing five runs, 10 hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Streich (0-1), the Bobcats' starter, threw five frames and gave up rive runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Barnes added a stolen base in the first inning of the contest.
Both teams combined for six runs in the second inning of the second game, with the Bobcats accounting for four of them. In that inning, Ward had another two-run homer and Newton added an RBI-single before shortstop Wes O'Neill raced home on a wild pitch.
Voshell added an RBI-single to left in the third to make it 5-2 Bobcats.
After TTU scored twice in the fifth to cut the lead to one, Ohio tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth inning. Streich sent the first one home on a sacrifice fly and Voshell and Ward added RBI-singles as well to put the game away.
Ohio starter Matt Robin (2-1) was credited with the win, tossing four and one-third innings and allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The Bobcat bullpen did a wonderful job as Tyler Stage went the next four and one-third innings and yielded just two hits and four walks with three more strikeouts. Marck Paliotto got the game's final out for his first save of the season. TTU starter Matt Shepherd (0-2) went seven innings and surrendered two runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts.
Newton added a stolen base in the sixth inning.
The two teams are scheduled to complete the series at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) on Sunday.