Sitz went seven innings and allowed just three runs in Sunday's contest.
March 23, 2014
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (4-16, 0-3 MAC) fell to Central Michigan (13-10, 3-0 MAC) Sunday afternoon by the score of 4-2 at Bob Wren Stadium.
Junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) led the `Cats offensively with three hits each on the day. Longo also recorded one stolen base and made a phenomenal catch in center field to keep the Chippewas from scoring in the top of the ninth.
Sophomore Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) started on the mound for the Bobcats, and earned the loss after allowing four runs (one unearned) in his seven innings of work. He also struck out three batters and allowed only one walk.
"As a starter, you want to go as long as you can all the time. We know how important the bullpen is to everyone; especially on Sunday it starts to wear thin," Sitz said. "So any time I can go as long as I can, I'm more than willing to do so."
Freshman Corey Wells (Lexington, Ky.) posted two scoreless innings of relief for the `Cats and allowed just one hit and two walks.
Central Michigan jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, plating one off a single from catcher Tyler Huntley. The Chippewas then loaded the bases, but were unable to capitalize, stranding three in a double play to end the inning.
The Chippewas would add a run in the third and fifth innings to extend their lead to 3-0 over the `Cats.
Ohio scored its first run of the game off an error by CMU shortstop Morgan Oliver to cut the Chippewas' lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) led off the inning with a single to right center and scored one out later on the Chippewas' miscue.
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the `Cats loaded the bases with no outs to start the inning, but were unable to complete the comeback, only scoring one run to end the game with a final score of 4-2.
Ohio now travels to Richmond, Ky. on Tuesday for a match up against Eastern Kentucky beginning at 3 p.m. at Turkey Hughes Field.