March 26, 2014
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (4-17, 0-3 MAC) fell 11-4 to Youngstown State (3-14) Wednesday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.
Freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) led the `Cats offensively with three hits, raising his average to .429 on the season. He he also scored a team-best two runs. Juniors Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio) and Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in with a pair of hits each. The team combined for a total of 12 hits, marking the eighth time Ohio has collected 10-or-more this season.
Sophomore Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) started on the mound for Ohio but lasted just 4.0 innings en route to his third loss of the season. He ended the outing with two hits, four walks and three earned runs.
Ohio jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second when freshman Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) drove in the first run of the game and reached first on a fielding error by Youngstown State shortstop Shane Willoughby.
Youngstown State responded with a four-run fifth inning as they worked through Miller and junior relief pitchers Spencer Sapp (Jasper, Ind.) and Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio).
The Penguins faced a total of nine Ohio pitchers throughout the contest. The `Cats allowed a combined 11 hits and nine walks on the day.
"We knew we were going to use a lot of guys today. I was really happy with the way Jake (Miller) pitched the first four innings. It was good to see him pitch well," said head coach Rob Smith. "Unfortunately, some of the guys that followed added on to our walk total and we created a lot of situations for the other team they didn't earn, and that's how you get beat."
Ohio cut YSU's lead in half in the bottom half of the fifth thanks to a run scored by Longo. Longo reached base after he doubled to right center field.
Youngstown State plated two more in the sixth and four in the eighth to secure the win. The Penguins added one more in the ninth to extend its lead to 11-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The `Cats scored again in the bottom of ninth as junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) singled up the middle to drive in two and bring the game to its final score of 11-4. Madsen started his 126th-consecutive game.
Ohio returns to the diamond this weekend as it hosts Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan. The series is set to begin Friday at 6 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium.