March 14, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Ohio baseball team displayed another impressive pitching performance Sunday, but eventually fell 5-1 to SEC power Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
Vandy improved to 14-1, while Ohio dropped to 2-11.
Commodore catcher Andrew Giobbi, first baseman Riley Reynolds and first baseman Jason Esposito drove in two runs apiece, while Giobbi knocked in two. Ohio’s lone run on the afternoon came off the bat of right fielder Robert Maddox III, who blasted a leadoff homer to right in the second inning. The dinger was Maddox’s third on the season. Center fielder Gauntlett Eldemire also stole his fourth base in the fourth frame.
Vandy starter Jack Armstrong improved to 2-0, tossing six and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Ohio starter Ryan Bores (0-3) suffered the loss, yielding two runs on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks in four and two-thirds innings.
“We’re certainly pitching better,” said Ohio head coach Joe Carbone. “We got a good start today on the mound and, offensively, we were up against the best pitching staff in the country. To once again be in contention right up until the eighth inning today shows that our young team is still improving and that’s encouraging.”
The Commodores scored one in the first, before Maddox tied it with the round-tripper. Vandy’s other tallies came in the fourth (one), sixth (one) and seventh (two).
Ohio left seven men on, while Vandy stranded 11.
The Bobcats will be back in action Friday at 4 p.m. for the first of a three-game series in Bob Wren Stadium with Purdue.