LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Ohio University baseball team (3-11) posted a strong effort against the No. 9 University of Kentucky Wildcats, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped a 6-3 decision Tuesday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Bobcats as they both tallied a pair of hits. Senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) also chipped in offensively as he drove in a pair of runs. As a team, Ohio pounded out nine hits.
Junior Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) suffered his first loss of the year as he worked 2.2 innings and gave up six earned runs and struck out two. Kentucky's Ryne Combs earned the win after he worked 4.0 innings and allowed just one earned run.
Kentucky struck first as it scored four runs on five hits in the second inning as it sent nine batters to the plate. The Wildcats added two more runs in the third to make the count 6-0 thanks to a two-run home run by UK's Zac Zellers. Four batters later, Kennedy was replaced by junior Brad Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio), who got the Bobcats out of the inning.
Przebieda would remain in the game until the sixth inning. In his 3.0 innings of work, he did not allow a run and limited the Wildcats to just one hit. In the final five innings, Ohio's pitching staff held Kentucky scoreless and limited the Wildcats to just a pair of hits.
The Bobcats got on the board in the fourth as they plated one run on three hits. Sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and Madsen got the inning started as they posted back-to-back singles. Both players would move into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.). White followed with a single to the shortstop, which scored Wells from the third and advanced Madsen over to third base. Ohio nearly added another in the frame as the Bobcats attempted to execute a suicide squeeze, but Madsen was thrown out at the plate.
Ohio struck again in the sixth as it plated a pair of runs on three hits. Madsen and Gaertner led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Ohio loaded the bases after junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) was hit by a pitch. Otto came up next and singled into right field to drive in a pair of runs, but that was all the Bobcats would get in the eighth.
Over the next three innings, Ohio was held scoreless and was limited to just one hit as Kentucky secured its 14th win on the year.
Ohio returns to action on Friday at 4 p.m. where it will welcome Canisius for the start of a four-game series at Bob Wren Stadium.