March 30, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio baseball team scored three times in the eighth inning and freshman Marc Krauss hit his fourth home run in the last two games, but the Bobcats fell to Toledo 9-6 in 13 innings Friday in Bob Wren Stadium.
The Bobcats looked at a 6-3 deficit heading into the eighth inning but scored three times in the frame to tie the contest. After three scoreless extra innings, Toledo's Scott Boley hit a three-run home run in the 13th inning to propel the Rockets (8-10, 1-3) to the win.
"It was a great college game," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "Both teams played hard. Boley hit a home run on a 3-2 breaking ball so you have to give him credit for that. We have to give Toledo credit. They did what they had to do to win."
Ohio (9-12, 0-4) scored six runs on 11 hits and left 12 men on base while the Rockets finished with nine runs on 15 hits and 11 men left on base. Each team committed three errors in the game.
Junior Andrew Shisila (Mentor, Ohio) took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. He allowed two earned runs in three innings pitched and did not allow a hit, but walked three batters. Sophomore Kevin Mementowski (Parma, Ohio) was very effective in 5.1 innings of relief, as he allowed just one earned run on seven hits while striking out six Rockets against zero walks.
"I thought (Mementowski) did a great job," Carbone said. "He is tough. He goes out there and gives you innings and battles."
Junior Matt Smith (Centre Hall, Pa.) started the game for Ohio and allowed five runs, four of them earned, on seven hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out a career-high eight hitters and issued two walks in the no decision.
Krauss (Deshler, Ohio) led the way at the plate for the Bobcats as he went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. He tied the game with a two-run blast in the eighth inning, his fourth home run in the last two games. He is 5-for-8 with four home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored in his last two games.
"(Krauss) has been swinging the bat well for us," Carbone said. "Early in the season we felt he was taking too many pitches. We have encouraged him to swing the bat."
Senior Jared Willis (Logan, W.Va.) was 2-for-4 in the contest with a solo home run and two runs scored. The home run was Willis' first of the season. Sophomores Hayden Johnston (Strattanville, Pa.) and Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) each collected two hits in the loss.
Todd Thomas picked up the win for the Rockets with two scoreless innings in relief. Justin Collop earned the save with a perfect 13th inning. Rocket starter Kyle Rawlings tossed seven innings and allowed nine hits and five earned runs. Two of Ohio's three runs in the eighth were charged to Rawlings.
Scott Boley finished 3-for-6 with two home runs, including the game-winner, five RBI and two runs scored. His brother Sean went 2-for-5 with a solo home run. Tim Krofcheck finished 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Rockets got on the board first and fast, with three runs in the opening frame. Krofcheck singled with one out to start the rally and scored on a Josh Johnson single and a Bobcat error. Scott Boley followed with a three-run blast to center field for an early 3-0 Rocket lead.
Toledo extended the lead to 4-0 in the top of the second on an RBI single by Krofcheck before the Bobcats got on the board in the third. Johnston and Willis each singled with one away and moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Besl scored Johnston on an RBI groundout and senior Jon Vondrell (Centerville, Ohio) followed with an RBI single to cut the Toledo lead to 4-2.
The Rockets added a run in the fourth when Sean Boley led off the inning with a solo home run to make the score 5-2. After a mound visit from Carbone, Smith bounced back and struck out the next three hitters.
Ohio got the run back in the bottom of fourth when Krauss walked to start the inning. He was still on first with two away, but sophomore Chris Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) lined an RBI triple into the right-center gap to again pull Ohio within two runs at 5-3.
The Rockets regained a three-run lead in the top of the seventh when they scored a run on a wild pitch for a 6-3 lead. The Bobcats escaped a small jam in the eighth when Willis threw a runner out at the plate from left field for the third out of the inning. Willis parlayed the defensive gem into the Bobcat half of the inning, as he led off the bottom of the eighth with a home run to left to make the score 6-4.
The Bobcats were not done in the eighth as Besl followed Willis' blast with a single to chase Rawlings from the game. After a fielder's choice, Krauss took the first pitch he saw and launched it over the scoreboard in left-center field for a two-run home run to tie the game at six.
Mementowski pitched a scoreless ninth and the Bobcats went down in order to send the game to extras. Ohio escaped a jam in the 10th as the Rockets loaded the bases but were unable to score. Besl reached on an error in the bottom of the 10th and moved to second on a wild pitch with nobody out, but the sophomore Bobcat was left stranded in scoring position. Ohio loaded the bases in the 11th on an error and two walks but again could not plate a runner.
The Rockets finally broke through in the top of the 13th with a pair of walks followed by Scott Boley's three-run blast. The Bobcats went down in order in the 13th to drop the contest by a score of 9-6 in 13 innings.
Ohio will look to end its six-game losing streak Saturday when the Bobcats and Rockets meet for game two of the series. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. in Bob Wren Stadium. The game can be heard on WATH 970 AM an online at ohiobobcats.com. The Bobcats will send right-hander Zeke Isaacs (West Carrollton, Ohio) against Toledo right-hander Mike Inselmann.