March 17, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Junior left-hander Sean Kennedy worked 7.1 innings and struck out four, but the Ohio University Baseball team (3-15) lost 6-2 to Canisius Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium.
Despite the loss, Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) was sharp as he held in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to give the Bobcats a chance down the stretch. He also showed good control throughout as he walked just three runners.
Junior leftfielder Scott White (Springsboro, Ohio) led the Bobcats offensively with a pair of hits. Senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Ohio) also chipped in offensively as he drove in a pair of RBI to cap a strong weekend series against the Griffins as he went 7-of-14 with one home run and six RBI.
Canisius started the scoring in the first with a single from Jimmy Luppens that brought in Christian Segar from second. Segar reached second from a single and a failed pickoff attempt.
The Giffins threatened to score in the second after they placed their first two batters on base. Kennedy responded as he struck out Jose Torralba. Then Canisius shortstop Ronnie Bernick lined out to Ohio centerfielder Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.). The sophomore then fired a frozen rope to Nate Squires at second to record an inning-ending double play.
Canisius tacked on another run in the third as Segar scored off a fielder's choice by Nate Squires. Segar reached third after a double steal and single to center field.
The Griffins gained three more runs in the fourth after Mike Krische singled in Torralba, who reached base on an error by Schmidt. Bernick came up next and drilled a single to shortstop, which moved Torralba to second. A double to right field by Segar brought in Bernick and moved Krische to third. Krische then came in off a groundout by Jesse Kelso to first base.
The 'Cats got on the board in the sixth with a two-run two out single down the right field line by Schmidt that plated senior catcher J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Wells, which cut the Griffins' lead to three at 5-2.
Ohio held Canisius scoreless after the fourth until the eighth when a leadoff double by Torralba, reached third off a sacrifice bunt by Bernick and came home with a single by Brett Siddall.
The Bobcats fought hard trying to score in the ninth with a man in scoring position but came away with nothing. Wells led off the inning after he was hit by a pitch. He then took second on a wild pitch and reached third off a fly out to right by Schmidt. Ultimately the 'Cats came away with nothing as Canisius ended the game with a double play
Ohio returns to action Tuesday as it will host Youngstown State at Bob Wren Stadium, first pitch slated for 6 p.m.