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Ohio falls to St. Bonaventure, 6-4, in home opener

Jake Madsen

March 14, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (4-10) fell 6-4 in its home opener against St. Bonaventure (2-8) Friday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.

Junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the `Cats offensively with two hits and one RBI. In addition, Madsen made his 119th-consecutive start.

Freshman Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) started on the mound for the Bobcats and allowed four runs in five innings of work, but did not figure into the decision. He was relieved by junior Nick Nauracy (Crown Point, Ind.), who gave up one run in the seventh and ultimately earning the loss.

"[Roehn] really had to grind tonight. He wasn't super sharp," said Ohio head coach Rob Smith. "But he really grinded. A starter's job is to keep you in the game, and even though he wasn't his sharpest, we still had a chance to win that game and that's all you can ask of your starting pitcher."

The Bonnies jumped out to an early lead in the first after designated hitter Dylan Dunn drove in a run to put St. Bonaventure up 1-0. Ohio was quick to retaliate as Madsen tied the score with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.

St. Bonaventure added another run in the second, but its second lead of the game was short-lived, as Ohio added three more to pull ahead, 4-2 in the bottom half of the frame.

Freshman Tyler Finkler (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) got the `Cats rolling after drawing a walk with the bases loaded, and two sacrifice hits rounded out Ohio's three-run inning.

St. Bonaventure fought back little-by-little, scoring a run in the third and sixth, before ultimately taking the lead in the seventh. The Bonnies tacked on one more in ninth for the game's final score of 6-4.

Ohio returns to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure starting at 1 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium.