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Late Rally Lifts Vikings Past Bobcats, 6-4

March 7, 2006

Box Score

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio baseball squad rallied from a three-run, sixth-inning deficit, but Cleveland State would go on to get two more runs in the eighth to earn a 6-4 victory Tuesday evening in Bob Wren Stadium.

Despite banging out 10 hits and getting quality pitching from a host of scheduled pitchers, Ohio (3-4) committed four errors in the game for the third time this season - all losses - which allowed Cleveland State (1-3) to score two unearned runs in the process.

For the fourth game in a row, Ohio's opponent got on the scoreboard first. The Vikings tallied an unearned run in the third after throwing error by Ohio first baseman Jon Vondrell allowed a run to cross home plate and another error by Bryant Witt in the fifth aided in CSU's second run of the night.

After CSU starter Nathan Schaefer held the Bobcats scoreless through the first four frames, Ohio was finally able to break through on the Viking bullpen in the fifth. Hayden Johnston came up with a one-out double and advanced to third on a groundout by Witt. Matt Stiffler then got a two-out single to right to bring home Johnston to cut CSU's lead to 2-1.

The CSU advantage ballooned to 4-1 with two more runs in the top of the sixth. A hit batsman and two singles on Bobcat reliever Cody Neyman loaded the bases with no outs and Ohio Head Coach Joe Carbone went to freshman southpaw Adam Goodpasture who immediately got an unassisted double-play from Vondrell. A single by the second CSU batter Goodpasture faced, though, brought home two more runs to push the Vikings ahead 4-1.

Ohio was able to garner three tallies in the sixth to tie things up however. Anthony Gressick and Vondrell registered singles and Gressick scored on a one-out double to left center by Willie Walker. Jason Selhorst then followed with a double down the left field line to plate Vondrell and Walker to bring Ohio even for the first time in the game at 4-4.

Ohio's fourth error of the night in the seventh inning once again led to a CSU score. With two outs, the bases loaded and Bobcat rookie Matt Schlarb on the mound, Bobcat second baseman Dusty Hammond threw errantly to first as he tried to make a play on an infield single and two runs came home on the sequence for a 6-4 Viking lead.

Those two runs would prove to be the difference as CSU reliever Gian Testa retired the last six Ohio batters in a row.

Schlarb (0-1) took the loss for Ohio after he allowed two runs - one earned - on three hits in 2.0 innings of work. Bobcat starter Andrew Shisila retired six of the seven batters he faced before giving way Zeke Isaacs to start the third inning. Daniel Utts and Chris Rigo also made appearances as Ohio used seven pitchers on the day.

Gressick continued his recent hot streak with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate for the Bobcats. Johnston finished with two hits and Selhorst had two RBIs.

Testa (1-0) earned the victory for CSU. He didn't allow a Bobcat batter to reach base in 2.2 innings of work and struck out five.

Rich Ranells went 3-for-4 to lead the CSU lineup while Josh Geric drove home two runs.

The loss to Cleveland State was just Ohio's fourth in 16 games under Carbone.

The Bobcats will welcome preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference favorite Le Moyne to town for four games this weekend. The series will get underway with a 4 p.m., first pitch Friday in Bob Wren Stadium.