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Ohio Topped By Wright State 7-1

Senior Shane Dedig

March 27, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - In the first of a six-game homestand, the Ohio Baseball team (10-13) fell to Wright State 7-1 Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium. Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) led the offensive efforts for the Bobcats as he homered for the eighth time this season and went 2-for-3 with a RBI overall, while freshmen Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) and Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 3-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively.

Painter's 2-for-3 night marked the 23rd-consecutive game this season he has got on base, while Madsen extended his hitting streak to 16 games.

Senior Shane Dedig (Albuquerque, New Mexico) suffered the loss for Ohio, as he pitched two innings, allowing three hits, three runs and two strikeouts, while junior Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio), freshman Tyler Plys (Parma, Ohio) senior Shane Cole (Oakville, Ontario) and sophomore Tyler Stage (Grove City, Ohio) all saw action in the contest as well.

Wright State got on the board first with a pair of runs from Kody Krizman and Ryan Ashe to take the early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Mezlak provided a momentary lift for Ohio in the bottom of the second with a double to left field and sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) followed suit with a single of his own, but the Raiders were able to stunt Ohio's momentum and end the inning with an out.

Wright State added three more runs in the top of the third to extend the lead to 5-0 before Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) chased down a line drive to get Ohio out of the jam. Painter finally ended the scoring drought for the `Cats in the bottom of the third inning with a home run blast to left-center field, cutting Wright State's lead to 5-1.

After two more Raider runs in the fourth inning to make the score 7-1, Ohio held Wright State scoreless in the final five innings behind the pitching efforts of Cole and Stage and solid infield play. However, the Bobcats were unable to generate any offensive momentum to combat the Wright State lead.

Ohio returns home tomorrow, Mar. 28 to battle Otterbein at 6 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium.