March 31, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Sophomores Jake Madsen and Cody Gaertner each tallied three hits, but the Ohio University baseball team still came up short on Easter Sunday as the Bobcats (5-21; 2-4 MAC) fell 13-6 to Eastern Michigan in the series finale at Oestrike Stadium.
Madsen's (Cincinnati, Ohio) 3-for-5 effort capped a strong series for the Ohio first baseman as he closed the three-game set with a .357 average over the three-game stretch. He also collected his eighth double of the year. Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) also registered a double along with two singles. He also scored one run.
Freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) also chipped in offensively for the Bobcats. Squires tallied a pair of RBI as he hit out of the leadoff spot for just the second time all year. Otto went 1-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. He finished the series with a .400 average and scored four runs during the three-game series.
Freshman Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss as he worked 3.0 innings, allowed five earned runs and allowed seven hits. He also struck out one and allowed one walk. Eastern Michigan's Paul Schaak earned the win after he pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and striking out four.
Eastern Michigan jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Bobcats fought back with a run of their own in the second thanks to an RBI double off the centerfield wall, which allowed Gaertner to score from first.
The Eagles responded with four runs on four hits in the bottom half of the third to make the count 5-1. Three innings later, EMU extended its lead to 10-1 as it scored two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Ohio fought back to cut the Eagles lead to five as it scored four runs on four hits in the seventh. Nate Squires, Otto and Madsen highlighted the frame as each player tallied an RBI. The Bobcats would not get any closer for the remainder of the afternoon as EMU scored two runs in the bottom of half of the seventh and one run in the eighth to open up a 13-5 lead.
In the ninth, Nate Squires and senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Two batters later, sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) drove in Nate Squires from second, which made the count 13-6, but that was all Ohio would get for the remainder of the game.
Schmidt finished the game by going 0-for-4 and was held hitless for the first time in 12 games. He did get on base for the 13th-consecutive game.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it welcomes Xavier to Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.