March 25, 2008
ATHENS, Ohio -
Ohio junior left-hander Zach Fairbanks (Martins Ferry, Ohio) stuck out a season-high 11 batters Tuesday night, to lead the Bobcats to a 2-0 victory against Rio Grande in the home opener at Bob Wren Stadium. Ohio improves to 9-9 on the season, while Rio Grande falls to 11-10.
Fairbanks (1-1) went all nine innings on the hill for the complete-game shutout, allowing just six hits and no walks, with all six hits being singles. Rio Grande was only able to move a runner past first base on two occasions, advancing a runner to second base in both the top of the third and fifth innings, but the Redmen failed to move a runner any further.
Ohio senior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) went 3-for-4 with one RBI to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Ohio freshmen Adam Gecewich (Strongsville, Ohio) and Zach Keen (Beavercreek, Ohio) also posted multi-hit games, going 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively. Freshman Trace Voshell (Batavia, Ohio) finished the day 1-for-3 with one RBI.
The Bobcats scored their only two runs of the game in the second inning and then let Fairbanks do the rest. Three straight singles by Gecewich, Keen and Jerod Yakubik (Byesville, Ohio) loaded the bases to lead off the inning, followed by an RBI-single to center field by Voshell. Stiffler then singled to right field, scoring the second run of the inning to put Ohio in front 2-0. The two-run lead proved to be enough, as Fairbanks kept the Rio Grande batters guessing the rest of the way.
Ohio out-hit Rio Grande 11-6, but failed to bring more than two runs across the plate by leaving 10 runners on base.
The Bobcats are in action tomorrow against Cincinnati at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. Junior right-hander Joe Stover (Shorewood, Ill.) will get the start for Ohio, while Cincinnati will throw right-hander Nick Johnson.
Wes Liles is the baseball contact in the Ohio media relations office. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.