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Ohio falls 4-0 to Western Michigan in series finale

Connor Sitz threw 6.2 innings in Sunday's loss

March 30, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (5-19, 1-5 MAC) fell 4-0 to Western Michigan (12-12, 3-3 MAC) in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

Freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) continued his eight-game hitting streak as he went 2-for-3 with one walk. Junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) had a pair of hits to aid Ohio's offense, and junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also collected a hit in his 129th-consecutive start for the Bobcats.

"We need to do a better job of hitting with runners in scoring position," said head coach Rob Smith. "We are getting hits and putting men on base to create good stuff, so we just have to continue to get better."

Sophomore Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) started on the mound for Ohio, but suffered his sixth loss of the season. He finished the outing with nine hits, allowed four earned runs, two walks and one strikeout. Junior Logan Cozart (New Philedelphia, Ohio) came in to pitch 1.1 scoreless innings of relief for the `Cats as he made his 13th appearance of the season.

Keegan Akin pitched a complete game shutout to propel Western Michigan to the series win.

Western Michigan scored its first run of the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice bunt to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. The Broncos extended their lead two innings later when designated hitter Brandon Cable hit a two-run home run over the right field wall to put WMU ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth.

Bronco right fielder Jared Kujawa ensured the win with a solo shot in the seventh to bring the game to its final score of 4-0.

The `Cats will return to action on Tuesday as they faceoff against Ohio State University at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The game is set to begin at 6:35 p.m.

"We are excited to get a chance to go up there and play," Smith said. "They have a nice facility and we're finally going to have some good weather, so we're looking forward to it."