March 9, 2010
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio-Ohio center fielder Gauntlett Eldemire went 4-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored to lead the Bobcats in a 11-3 pounding of West Virginia State Tuesday afternoon at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Ohio improved to 2-8, while WVSU dropped to 4-1.
Ohio right fielder Robert Maddox III also drove in three runs, while first baseman Jerod Yakubik had three hits and scored four times.
WVSU’s Joseph Jobst went 2-3 to lead the visitors’ hitting attack.
Bobcat starter Matt Robin (1-0) got the win, tossing the game’s first two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and one walk. WVSU starter Daniel Wagner (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks in two innings.
Ohio hurlers did not allow an earned run over the game’s six and one-third innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.
“I thought our young pitchers played very well today and we made some changes defensively to get things in order,” said Ohio head coach Joe Carbone.
After a WVSU run in the first, Ohio fought back with three runs in the bottom half. Eldemire laced an RBI double down the left field line and Maddox and designated hitter Seth Streich followed with sacrifice flies for the other two tallies.
The same scenario played out in the third, as the Yellowjackets drove in a run and the Bobcats responded again with three more. Eldemire had another big hit with an RBI triple to right center, driving in Yakubik. Maddox then drove him in with a two-run blast to left field to make it 6-2 Bobcats.
Eldemire struck again in the fifth when his double down the left field line drove in Yakubik. Left fielder Adam Gecewich then knocked him in three batters later with an RBI single to right center to put Ohio up 8-2.
The Ohio seventh yielded two more runs, the first of which came on an RBI groundout by Streich, while the second came when Gecewich knocked in Maddox with a run-scoring single up the middle.
WVSU scored one in the eighth but Yakubik responded with an opposite field homer for the Bobcats’ final tally.
Eldemire now has six doubles and three stolen bases this season.
Ohio will be back in action Friday at 4 p.m. for the first of a three-game series at Vanderbilt.