March 9, 2013
Game One - Box Score | Game Two - Box Score
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (3-9) split its doubleheader with Oakland (1-8) on Saturday as the squad opened its 2013 home slate at Bob Wren Stadium. The Bobcats dropped game one falling 6-4, but responded with a 12-3 victory in game two.
Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way for the Bobcats offensively as he went a combined 6-for-8 with three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI in the doubleheader. Senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) also chipped in as he tallied a team-best five RBI during the two-game stretch.
Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) had his four-game hit streak snapped, but he did get on base for the 10th-consecutive game, while driving in three runs and collecting two doubles.
Junior Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio) continued his hitting streak to a team-best five games as he registered hits in both games. Emody finished the day by going 3-for-8 with a pair of RBI.
In game one, Ohio jumped out to an early lead as it scored two runs on three hits thanks to RBI from Madsen and Emody.
Oakland fought right back in the top half of the second as it plated a pair to tie the game at two apiece, but the Bobcats quickly reclaimed the lead thanks to an RBI from Squires, which scored Otto from third. Otto got on base after he singled to the shortstop to lead off the inning.
Ohio added another run in the fifth when sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) came into score from third. Wells got on base after he was hit by a pitch. He would later advance to third on a double by Madsen before scoring the `Cats fourth run of the afternoon.
The Bobcats appeared to have the game well in hand thanks in large part to freshman pitcher Jake Miller's (Westerville, Ohio). The Ohio right-hander worked 8.0 innings, allowed just one earned run and struck out six, but did not figure into the decision.
Miller was replaced by senior reliever Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) in the ninth with the Bobcats leading 4-2. In the ninth, Barber gave up four runs on five hits, which gave Oakland a 6-4 lead it would not relinquish. Ohio did not go way without a fight however as it had the tying runs in scoring position, but were unable to tie the game.
In the second game, Ohio once again scored first as it plated one run in the third following an RBI double by Madsen. Oakland would go on to tie the game at one in the fourth and then took the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs.
Ohio was held scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings as it was limited to just three hits during that stretch.
However, the Bobcats turned things around in a big way in the seventh inning. Following an incredible unassisted double play by junior Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio), which ended an Oakland scoring threat, Ohio plated seven runs on just three hits to take an 8-3 lead. Otto highlighted the frame as he hit a bases load double down the left field line to drive in three runs.
In the eighth, Ohio added four more runs to push its lead to 12-3, which put the game well out of reach for the Grizzles in the ninth. Otto and fellow senior Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) both tallied a pair of RBI in the frame to highlight the inning for the `Cats. In the ninth, sophomore Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) worked a perfect inning to secure Ohio's first win at home on the year.
Kennedy picked up the win in game two to earn his first victory on the year.
Ohio returns to action on Sunday for the series finale against Oakland. The first pitch is slated for 1 p.m.