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Ohio drops 6-2 Decision to Oakland

Ohio's Cody Gaertner

March 10, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Baseball team (3-10) fell to Oakland (2-8) 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium to conclude its three-game series with the Golden Grizzles.

Freshman right hander Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) took a loss on the afternoon, giving up three runs on just four hits while striking out four batters in 5.2 innings of work. With the loss, Sitz fell to 0-2 on the year. Ohio relievers Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio), Brett Barber (Hurricane, W.Va.) and Ryan Ferrell (Cincinnati, Ohio) came in to close out the final 3.1 innings, allowing a combined three runs on six hits.

Oakland's Tim Koons picked up his first win of the season, improving his record to 1-2. Koons gave up two runs on four hits while striking out seven. Reliever Russell Lexton came on for the final inning where he allowed two hits and struck out one.

Kyle Bobolts and Nolan Jacoby did most of the damage for Oakland, going a combined 6-for-9 with four RBI.

Offensively, sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led the green and white, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.), freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and freshman Alex Corna (Cincinnati, Ohio) all chipped in with a hit as well.

The Bobcats got on the board early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead.

Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) led off the inning with a walk before advancing to second thanks to a Gaertner single to right field. After advancing to second and third, both runners hustled their way home on a wild pitch. With his leadoff walk, Squires has now reached base safely in the past 11 games.

Oakland cut the lead to one, 2-1, in the top of the fifth. After advancing to third off a Chris Van Dyke single, Bobolts reached home thanks to a Spencer Marentette sacrifice fly.

In the ensuing inning, the Bears scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead. Nolan Jacoby doubled down the right field line before scoring off a Jared Theisen single. Oakland took the lead for good following a Bobolts single up the middle.

The Bears tacked on two more runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to push the lead to four, 6-2.

Ohio made one last charge in the bottom of the ninth, Wells singled to center field. Corna sent a single to left field to send Wells to second. But the next two batters couldn't muster anything, which stopped the rally.

The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday as they head to Lexington, Ky., for a 4:00 p.m. matchup against No. 7-ranked Kentucky.