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March 20, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (3-16) tallied a season-high 18 hits, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped a 20-15 decision to Youngstown State on a cold and windy Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium.

In a game that lasted over three and a half hours, the two teams combined for 35 runs and 34 hits. In addition, both teams utilized 11 pitchers, but in the end, YSU's Erik Okleson earned the win as he worked just 2.0 innings and struck out a pair.

Ohio sophomore Nick Plys (Parma, Ohio) suffered the loss after he worked 1.2 innings and allowed seven earned runs. Senior Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) started the game, but not figure into the decision after worked the first inning.

Offensively, Ohio's 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 9-of-16, drive in seven RBI and score five runs. Junior Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) had a team-best four hits. Sophomores Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in as they each drove in four RBI.

Gaertner also clubbed his first home run of the year and scored a game-high five runs, while Wells extended his hitting streak to a season-best seven games. He also reached base for the 12th-consecutive game.

Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished the night by going 3-fo-5 with a pair of RBI and in the process picked up his 100th career hit. He also scored a pair of runs.

Ohio jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after it scored four runs in the bottom half of the second, but the Penguins responded in a big way as it scored 11 runs on five hits, while capitalizing on a pair of Ohio errors to take a 13-6 lead. The Bobcats finished the game with a season-high five errors.

The Bobcats responded with three runs in the fourth to make the count to 13-9, but that would be as close as Ohio would get for the remainder of the game.

Ohio did not hold the Penguins scoreless in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but the Penguins plated three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth

Ohio returns to action at 6 p.m. on Friday as it opens Mid-American Conference play against Toledo. Game one of the three-game series will be held at Bob Wren Stadium.