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Ohio Falls at Home to Marshall, 6-1

Jake Madsen

March 20, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (9-10) dropped its midweek matchup with Marshall Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium by a count of 6-1.

Ohio's Shane Henkel suffered the loss and fell to 0-1 on the year, while Marshall's Matt Margaritonda picked up the win after he worked one inning of relief. Senior Shane Dedig (Albuquerque, N.M.) started the game for the Cats', but was pulled in the third for reliever Shane Cole (Oakville, Ontario), who came on to pitch 3.2 innings, allowing just one hit.

The Bobcats pitching staff held Marshall without hit for the first four innings and without a run through six frames, but the Herd's bats would come alive as they collected four hits and six runs in the final three innings.

Offensively, Ohio entered the game, totaling 10-or-more hits in each of its last six games, but tonight the Cats' were held to a season-low three hits.

Freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected his third double on the year and in the process, extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) also got on base for the 19th-consecutive game.

Sophomore Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) drove in the Bobcat only run of the night in the fourth. Dean grounded out to third which allowed senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) to come in and score from third.

Marshall took the lead in the seventh as it put up five runs on just one hit. The Herd loaded the bases with no outs and capitalized on a pair of Bobcat errors. Marshall second baseman Alfredo Brito had the key hit during the frame as he singled down the right field line, which allowed two runs to score.

The Herd added another run in the top of the ninth to secure the win.

With the loss, Ohio had its three-game winning streak snapped. Tonight's matchup also marked the final game of Ohio's nine-game home stand. The Bobcats finished with a 6-3 record during the nine-game home stand.

Ohio returns to action on Friday as it heads to Toledo for the first of a three-game series with the Rockets. First pitch on Friday is set for 3:05 p.m.