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Ohio Defeated at Home by Canisius, 12-0

Dan Schmidt

March 15, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (3-12) dropped the first game of a doubleheader against Canisius by a count of 12-0 Friday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

Freshman second baseman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) led the Ohio offense with two hits apiece. As a team, Ohio was outhit 20-6 by Canisius.

Freshman pitcher Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) suffered his third loss of the season as he gave up five runs, three of which were earned, in 5.2 innings of work. He also struck out four and walked two.

Canisius opened the scoring in the second following an error by junior leftfielder Scott White (Springboro, Ohio), who dropped a fly ball, which would have ended the inning. Instead, Canisius added one run on the error. The Griffins would go on to capitalize on the Ohio miscue as it added another run to make the count 2-0.

Senior third baseman Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) gave the Bobcats their first base runner of the afternoon as he drew a walk in the third. Freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) followed with a single through the left side to give Ohio its first hit of the day. Both runners would later move into scoring position, but the 'Cats were unable to get either runner into score.

In the fourth inning Ohio threatened again as sophomore centerfielder Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) lined a double down the right field line with one out in the frame, but the 'Cats were once again unable to score.

Canisius extended its lead to five in the top half of the sixth as it plated three runs on three hits.

Ohio attempted to answer in the bottom half of the frame as sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner (Allsion Park, Pa.) opened the inning with a double to right field as he reached base for the 10th-consecutive game. The 'Cats were held scoreless for the remainder of the inning as Canisius starter Garrett Cortright retired three of the next four batters to end the inning.

Cortright would go on to hold the Bobcats scoreless for the final three innings and limited Ohio to just one hit as he recorded a complete game shutout to tally his fifth win on the year. Offensively, Canisius added three more runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to secure the win.

Ohio will go for the series split in game two. For complete coverage of game two action visit OhioBobcats.com.