March 25, 2012
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (10-12; 1-2 MAC) came up short Sunday afternoon in its series finale with Toledo, falling 5-2 at Scott Park.
Senior Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the year. Moulton worked 6.1 innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out four.
Offensively, Ohio outhit Toledo 8-7 as a team, but committed three errors compared to Toledo's one miscue. Freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) collected a team-high three hits and finished the three-game series with a .462 batting average.
Fellow freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also chipped in offensively as he extended his team-best hitting streak to 15 games, while senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) collected his team-leading seventh home run of the year and got on base for the 22nd-consecutive game. During the three-game set, Painter batted .417 and had three round-trippers.
Toledo took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the second as it collected a pair of hits. Ohio responded in the top of the fifth as it cut the Rockets lead in half after senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) came into score from a sacrifice fly by senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.).
In the bottom half of the frame, Toledo added two more runs, capitalizing on a pair of Ohio errors to make the count 4-1. The Bobcats added another run after Painter led off the sixth with a solo home run, but that would be as close as Ohio would get for the remainder of the game.
The Rockets added another run in the eighth to make the count 5-2 through eight innings. Ohio threatened in the top of the ninth as it brought the tying run to the plate, but Toledo got out of the inning to secure the win.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it welcomes Wright State for the start of a six-game homestand. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium.