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'Cats Win on Opening Day, Knock Off West Virginia State 12-3

Jensen Painter went 4-for-4 on the day with 5 RBI and a home run against West Virginia State.

March 6, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Senior Jensen Painter hit his third home run and senior Shane Dedig earned his first win season as the Ohio Baseball team defeated the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets 12-3 on opening day at Bob Wren Stadium Tuesday. The Bobcats improved to 4-7 overall and have now won three of their last four games.

Painter (Willshire, Ohio) led the way for Ohio offesnively, going 4-for-4 with three runs and five RBI to add to his home run, while Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) went 2-for-3 on the day with one run.

Dedig (Albuquerque, New Mexico) picked up the win after 4.2 IP and only giving up three hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Brett Barber (Hurrican, W. Va.) pitched 2.1 innings and recorded three strikeouts, while Shane Cole (Oakville, Ontario), Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio) and Tyler Plys (Parma, Ohio) each saw individual action as well.

The Bobcats scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a double from Painter that drove in an Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) run to give Ohio the 1-0 lead.

Ohio came out swinging in the second inning as Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) doubled to center after a Yellow Jacket error. After two fly-outs, Newton and Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) provided back-to-back doubles and Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) singled to right field, driving in three-consecutive runs to extend Ohio's lead to 4-0. Painter added to the scoring affair, blasting a three-run home run to left-center field just minutes later to put the Bobcats up 7-0.

Dedig only gave up one hit in his first four innings on the mound, recording three strikeouts and only two walks. After a double play by the Ohio infield to end the top of the fourth, the `Cats drove in three more runs in the bottom of the inning to push their lead to 10-0.

Barber took over the pitching efforts for Ohio to start the fifth inning as the Yellow Jackets got on the board with two runs to make the score 10-2. Barber responded, though, with two strikeouts in the sixth inning that led to three quick outs for the `Cats.

In the top of the seventh, West Virginia State jumped out with two quick hits and were able to drive in another run, but Barber struck out the next batter and forced a fly-out to get Ohio out of the jam.

Painter added to his impressive day with a line drive RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, increasing Ohio's lead to 11-3. Ohio would add one more run in the top of the ninth thanks to a RBI single by Logan Chozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) to seal the win for the `Cats 12-3.

Ohio Baseball returns to action Friday, Mar. 9 to open a three-game home stand against Oakland. The first pitch is set for 1 p.m.