March 30, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Senior shortstop Dan Schmidt went 2-for-3 to the lead the Ohio University baseball team's offensive attack, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped a 5-4 decision to Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon at Oestrike Stadium.
Schmidt's (Lynnwood, Wash.) two-hit afternoon helped him extend his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games. He also drove in a run and scored twice. Fellow senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) also had a strong day at the plate as he hit out of the nine-hole, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ohio's 6-7-8-9 hitters combined to go 6-for-13, with two RBI and three runs scored.
Ohio fell behind early as the Eagles scored three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the first inning. The Bobcats got on the board in the fourth thanks to a home run by sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.). Wells slugged his first home run of the year over the leftfield wall.
Eastern Michigan responded with a run in the bottom half of the fourth and the fifth, scoring one run in both innings to take a comfortable 5-1 lead heading into the top of the sixth.
Ohio began its rally in the sixth as it scored once thanks to an RBI double by sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), which scored Otto from third. The Bobcats added another run in the seventh thanks to solo home run over the left centerfield wall.
After being held scoreless in the eighth, Ohio made one last charge. Schmidt led off the frame with a double of the leftfield wall. Two batters later, Otto drove in Schmidt with a double down the left field line to make the count 5-4, but that was as close as the Bobcats would get.
Ohio starter Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss to drop to 1-5 on the year. EMU's Brian Hill earned the win, while Kristian Calibuso picked up the save.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday for the final game of the series against Eastern Michigan. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.