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Ohio falls 4-2 to WMU in game one of Sunday's doubleheader

Junior Jake Madsen started his 128th consecutive game

March 30, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (5-18, 1-4 MAC) fell 4-2 to Western Michigan (11-12, 2-3 MAC) in game one of Sunday's doubleheader at Bob Wren Stadium.

Junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the `Cats offensively as he went 3-for-4 in his 128th-consecutive start for Ohio. Junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) and senior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) also chipped in with a pair of hits each.

Freshman Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) threw his first complete game en route to his first loss of the season (2-1). He allowed four runs on seven hits on the day.

Western Michigan plated two runs on three hits to take its first lead of the series in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Nick Vogelmeier highlighted the frame with a single up the middle and an RBI.

The Broncos extended their lead with a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to increase their lead to 4-0 over the `Cats at the start of the seventh.

Ohio scored its first run of the game in the top of the eighth when junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) grounded out to second to drive in Madsen from third. Junior Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio) followed with a double off the center field wall to cut the Broncos lead to 4-2 at the end of the frame.

Ohio threatened in the ninth as freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) singled through the right side to start the ninth inning and continue his seven-game hitting streak. He would later advance to second, but Ohio was unable to score as WMU went on to the win.

As a team, Ohio collected 12 hits, but stranded 11 runners throughout the game. The Bobcats have collected 10-or-hits 10 times in 2014.

The `Cats and Broncos will battle for the series win in game two of Sunday's doubleheader.