March 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (4-18) dropped the final game of its three-game series with the University of Toledo 5-2 Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
Freshman starter Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) worked 4.1 innings, gave up nine hits and four runs as he fell to 0-3 on the year.
Ohio struck first as it plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) drove in the Bobcats' first run of the afternoon as he drilled a RBI double to center field, which drove in junior Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) from second. White led off the frame with a single to centerfield.
The Bobcats would go on to load the bases after freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) were both hit by pitches. Senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) followed and would drive in Nikithser as he reached first on a fielder's choice.
In the third, sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected his team-best 29th hit as he singled into left field, but the `Cats were unable to come away with a run.
Strong defense by the Bobcats held the Rockets scoreless through three innings, but in the fourth, Toledo took the lead as it scored three runs on three hits. UT junior James Miglin scored the Rockets' first run of the afternoon as he came home on a single by fellow junior Wes White. Ryan Callahan followed and drilled a two-run homer over the left field wall, giving the Rockets a 3-2 lead.
Over the course of the next five innings, Toledo starter Ryan Wilkinson limited the Bobcats to just two hits and held Ohio scoreless as he went the distance to earn his second victory on the year.
Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) finished the day, going 0-for-4 as he was held without a hit for the first time in nine games. His streak of getting on base for the past 13 games also came to a halt.
Ohio's bullpen was strong down the stretch as it combined to go 4.2 innings, limiting the Rockets to just one earned run. Senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.), junior Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) and freshman Ryan Ferrell (Cincinnati, Ohio) all saw action for the `Cats on the mound.
The Bobcats threatened once more in the eighth as senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) got things rolling as he led off with a double off the right field wall. Schmidt was 1-for-3 on the day with an RBI. However, his fellow Bobcats were not able to bring him home as the Rockets secure their 4-2 lead heading into the ninth.
In the ninth, Toledo tacked on one more run to extend their lead to 5-2, securing the victory.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to Cincinnati for a midweek matchup against the Bearcats. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.