March 6, 2013
HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team (2-8) dropped a 4-1 decision to High Point Wednesday afternoon at Willard Stadium to split the two-game midweek series with the Panthers.
After pounding out a season-high 15 hits on Tuesday, Ohio's bats were limited to just three hits thanks to a strong outing by High Point starter Ryan Retz. Retz went the distance for the Panthers and struck out five to pick up his first win on the year. Senior lefty Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss after he worked just 1.0 inning and fell to 0-4 on the year.
High Point struck first as it plated a pair of runs in the top half of the first inning. The first run came off the bat of Josh Spano as he homered to left field. The second run came when Dominic Fazio came into score following a single to left field by Adam Berry.
The Panthers added another run in second inning as HPU's Willie Medina came into score on a wild pitch by reliever Nick Plys (Parma, Ohio). Plys came on in relief of Paliotto in the second, but he could not get out of the inning. Junior Brad Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio) replaced Plys in the second and got the Bobcats out of the inning.
Although he did not figure into the decision, Przebieda was very sharp in his relief appearance as he went 4.1 innings, allowed just one run and just three hits. In the final seven innings, Ohio held High Point to just one run and three hits.
Ohio got on the board in the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly by sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), which scored freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) from third. Squires led off the inning with a single into right field and then advanced to third on an error by Retz. The Panthers responded with a run in the bottom half of the fifth to push its lead back to three at 4-1.
The Bobcats made one last comeback attempt in the top half of the ninth as they brought the tying run to the plate in the form of sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Retz responded as he got Nikthser to ground into a double play. He then struck out senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) to end the game.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday at 4 p.m. as it welcomes Oakland for their home-opener. Ohio's matchup with Oakland on Friday will mark the start of a three-game home stand at Bob Wren Stadium.