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Ohio Falls Twice to St. Bonaventure

John Adryan

March 15, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (4-12) dropped a pair of to St. Bonaventure Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium as it fell 24-6 in game one and 14-3 in game two.

Game One: St. Bonaventure 24, Ohio 6
Sophomore John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) led the Bobcats offensively with three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Adryan's three-hit afternoon tied his season high.

Junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) also chipped in offensively for the Bobcats. Wells scored a pair of runs, while Bredeson also drove in a team-best two RBI.

As a team, Ohio finished with 10 hits, which marked the seventh time this season that the Bobcats have tallied 10-or-more hits.

Freshman pitcher Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) started the game, but did not figure into the decision after he worked 2.1 innings, allowing three hits and three earned runs. Sophomore pitcher Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) came on in relief of Rudnicki and suffered the loss after he allowed six earned runs in 2.2 innings of work.

The Bobcats used a totaled of eight pitchers in game one.

Ohio jumped out to a 3-0 lead over St. Bonaventure in the second inning. Bredeson accounted for all three of the Bobcats' runs in the frame as he drove in a pair of runs on a single up the middle, which drove in Adryan and Wells. Bredeson would then come in to score following a passed ball.

The Bonnies evened the score with a three-run home run by Tyler Bell over the right field wall in the top of third. Ohio quickly reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the frame after junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) came into score. Black led off the inning with a double to left center field.

St. Bonaventure would then go on to outscore Ohio 21-2 over the next five innings to secure the win. During those five innings, Ohio committed four costly errors, which aided the Bonnies to the win.

Game Two: St. Bonaventure 14, Ohio 3
Junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio) combined for four of the Bobcats' nine hits.

Freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) also chipped with a hit, a run scored and an RBI. Longo's RBI was his team best 13th on the year.

Sophomore starter Connor Sitz suffered the loss for the Bobcats after he worked 5.0 innings, gave up eight hits and four earned runs. With the loss, Sitz dropped to 0-4 on the year.

The Bonnies opened the scoring in the second inning as they scored one run on three hits in the second inning. Ohio was quick to respond as it tallied one run in the bottom half of the fourth thanks to an RBI single to right center field by Black.

St. Bonaventure reclaimed the lead in the fifth as it scored three runs on four hits. Ohio cut the lead to two in the bottom half of the frame. Longo scored the lone run in the frame as he tripled. He then advanced home on a throwing error.

Over the next four innings, SBU outscored Ohio 10-1 to complete the series sweep.

Game four of the Ohio-St. Bonaventure series has been cancelled because of poor weather conditions forecasted in the Athens, Ohio area. The Bobcats will return to action on Tuesday as they head to Cincinnati for a mid-week matchup with Xavier. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.