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Ohio Outlasts Eastern Michigan, 5-3

Rob Smith

March 29, 2013

Box Score

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Ohio University baseball team (5-19) worked overtime Friday afternoon to defeat the Eastern Michigan University Eagles (10-14; 0-4 MAC) 5-3 in 12 innings at Oestrike Stadium. With the win, Ohio pulled even at 2-2 in Mid-American Conference action.

Ohio's extra inning affair with Eastern Michigan marked the first time the Bobcats had gone beyond nine innings in a game this season. It also marked Ohio's first extra-inning victory since March 3, 2012. In that contest, the Bobcats defeated Davidson 7-6 in 10 innings.

"This was one of the best games we've played all year," said head coach Rob Smith. "We've had some games similar to ones like this and we weren't able to finish, so it was nice to see us close it out."

Offensively for Ohio, no player had more than one hit as the Bobcats tallied seven hits. Senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) was one of the seven Ohio players, who recorded a hit on Friday as he extended his team and season-best hitting streak to 11 games. Schmidt also drove in his 14th RBI on the year to help pace the Bobcats.

Senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) also chipped offensively as he scored a pair of runs, collected a hit and tallied an RBI.

Junior Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) picked up the win for the Bobcats as he earned his team-best third win on the year. Kennedy worked 2.2 innings as he came on in the bottom half of the 10th inning.

Ohio freshman right-hander Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) started the game for the Bobcats, but did not figure into the decision. In 5.0 innings of work, Miller struck out five allowed one earned run and limited the Eagles to just three hits.

"Jake was very efficient today," Smith said. "He only threw 66 pitches and he really helped set things up for us down the stretch of today's game."

Defensively, the Bobcats did not make any errors on the afternoon, while the Eagles committed four.

The Bobcats jumped out to the early 2-0 lead as it plated two runs in the top half of the first inning. Eastern Michigan cut the lead in half in the fifth as it scored one run. The Eagles would go on to tie the game in the sixth with another run.

In the seventh, Ohio reclaimed the lead thanks to an RBI single into right field by senior J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio), which plated Otto from third. The Eagles fought back with a run of their own in the eighth to even the score at three. EMU's Daniel Russell led off the inning with a triple and would come into score one batter later.

Both teams would remain scoreless for the next three innings until the 12th when the Bobcats would reclaim the lead thanks to a pair of runs.

Freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) got on base to lead off the inning after he was hit by a pitch. He would then advance to second on a wild pitch. Squires came into score from second after Otto reached base on a throwing error. On the throwing error, Otto hustled past second and into third.

Freshman Alex Corna (Cincinnati, Ohio) came up next and singled into right center field, which plated Otto from third to give the Bobcats an insurance run to make the count 5-3.

In the bottom half of the inning, Ohio retired the Eagles in order to secure the win.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. Ohio's matchup with Eastern Michigan can be heard live on WOUB 1340 am with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein calling the action.