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Ohio Drops 16-8 Decision to Canisius

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Tyler Wells
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Tyler Wells
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March 16, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Baseball team fell 16-8 in the third game of its four-game series against Canisius Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium. With the loss, Ohio dropped to 3-14 on the year.

Sophomore first baseman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) led the way for the Bobcats as both drilled three-run homeruns.

Starting pitcher freshman Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) worked 6.2 innings with two strikeouts and two walks, but would not figure into the decision. Sophomore pitcher Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) received his second loss of the season.

Canisius started the scoring in the first with a two-run homerun over the leftfield wall by Jimmy Luppens. Luppens' blast also plated Jesse Kelso who got on base off a single up the middle. Ohio would get out of the inning without any more damage though.

The Griffins would score again in the second after a leadoff double to right center by Ronnie Bernick. He would later be singled in by Brett Sidall. Bobcats got out of the trouble by throwing out Sidall trying to steal second to end the inning.

Ohio got on the board in the second as he plated one one run. Freshman right fielder Alex Corna (Cincinnati, Ohio) led off the frame with a single up the middle. Corna would then steal second. He then advanced to third on wild pitch and came home off a groundout by junior designated hitter Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio).

Bobcats held Canisius hitless in the third after giving up six in the first two innings. Offensively the 'Cats added three more in the third thanks to a three-run blast by Madsen, Nick Squires and sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) who reached base safely off a single to the shortstop and an error by the second baseman respectfully.

Canisius tacked on two runs in the fourth and would then add three more runs in the seventh to increase its lead to 8-4.

Ohio responded in the eighth with four runs to even the count at eight. A leadoff triple off the centerfield wall in the eighth by Wells led to Ohio's fifth run after he was singled in by Corna's hit through the first base gap. Dean reached first after being hit by a pitch then both runners advanced on a groundout to first by senior third baseman Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.). Schmidt then homered over the right field wall to drive both runners in to tie the game.

Canisius took the lead back in the ninth as Luppens hit his third homerun over the left field wall. The Griffins tacked on five more runs later in the inning off six hits to solidify the 16-8 win.

'Cats finish the series with Canisius Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium, first pitch is at 1 p.m.