March 6, 2011
COOKEVILLE, Tenn.-Ohio starting pitcher Brent Choban had Tennessee Tech's hitters guessing all day as the Bobcats picked up a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Bush Stadium.
The Bobcats improved to 4-7 overall, while TTU dipped to 4-8.
Choban (1-1) tossed seven and a third innings and allowed just four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Marck Paliotto got the game's last five outs for his second save of the season, striking out two and walking one in the process.
TTU's Chad Oberacker (0-1) suffered the loss after throwing the game's first five innings, yielding two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Offensively, Ohio's Dan Ward capped a strong weekend with three hits and catcher Trace Voshell added a pair of RBIs.
Catcher Ben Burgess had a pair of hits for TTU.
Ohio took advantage of a TTU fielding error in the first when second baseman Bryan Barnes raced around and scored on a muffed grounder. Shortstop Wes O'Neill knocked in left fielder Kory Burkhart with a single to right in the second frame for the visitors' second tally.
Voshell scored Ward on a double in the fifth inning to make it 3-0 and Ward, himself, tacked on an insurance run when his single up the middle scored center fielder Ethan Newton.
Paliotto inherited a jam in the top of the eighth as he was called on to defuse a one out, bases-loaded situation. However, he whiffed one batter and coaxed a flyout to Newton for the inning's third out to escape unscathed.
The Bobcats will next begin their home slate when Marshall visits for a four-game series that begins Friday at 4 p.m. ET.