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Bobcat Baseball Holds Off Oakland, 9-8

Brent Choban

March 10, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (5-8) held off a furious ninth-inning rally by Oakland and held on to claim a 9-8 victory Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

Ohio led Oakland by four runs heading into the top half of the ninth, but the Grizzles scored three runs and brought the go-ahead run to the plate with no outs, but junior Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio) would come on to pick up the save as he retired three of the four batters he faced.

Senior Brent Choban (Rittman, Ohio) earned his second straight win as he worked 6.2 innings, struck out three and gave up just two earned runs.

Ohio jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI single up the middle by junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.), which drove in Garret Black (Lima, Ohio) and Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) from third and second base, respectively.

Schmidt finished the game, going 4-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored. Black and Madsen also chipped in with a pair of RBI each.

Black got on base as he singled to second and Madsen followed with a hit into centerfield.

Oakland tied the game in the top half of the third as it plated two runs on two hits. Aaron Cieslak drove in both runs as he hit an RBI double to left centerfield. The Bobcats tied the game in the bottom half of the frame following a single by Schmidt up the middle.

Ohio reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the fifth as it scored four runs on three hits. All four the Bobcats' runs came with two outs. Black highlighted the frame as he drove in pair of runs with a pop fly that landed just in front of Oakland centerfielder Tim Ryan, which plated freshman Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) and senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio). Madsen came up next with a single to drive home Black. Madsen came into score next following a triple to left center field to left center field by Schmidt.

The Grizzles added a run in the seventh to make the count 8-4. Oakland would later go on to bring the tying run to the plate as it loaded the bases, which knocked Choban out of the game. Senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) came and got the Bobcats out of the inning after Oakland loaded the bases.

The Bobcats added a run in the bottom half of the inning to increase their lead to five as junior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) doubled to left field which drove in Schmidt all the way from first.

In the seventh, both teams scored, which made the count 9-4. Following a scoreless eighth inning, Oakland nearly sent the game into extra innings, but Ohio was able to shut the door to secure the win.

Ohio returns to action against Oakland in the series finale tomorrow at 1 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium. Ohio's Jason Moulton will take the hill against Oakland's Brady Adamek.