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'Cats Conclude Series With Eagles, Win 10-9

Ohio's Ian Mezlak

April 1, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - In the final outing of a three-game weekend series, the Ohio Baseball team (13-14; 3-3 MAC) defeated Eastern Michigan Sunday afternoon by a score of 10-9.

Ohio saw its two streaks stay alive during the contest as freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) pushed his hitting streak to 20 games with a double, while senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) got on base for the 27th-consecutive game. Painter went 2-for-4 on the day with his 11th home run of the season, while senior Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) also had a successful day on a 2-for-5 effort with two doubles.

Junior Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) picked up the win, his second of the season, while sophomore Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio), sophomore Tyler Stage (Grove City, Ohio), senior Shane Cole (Oakville, Ontario) and junior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) all saw time on the mound. Barber was credited with the save on the afternoon, his second of the season.

Eastern Michigan came out aggressive in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on an Ohio infield error that led to a Ben Magsig run to give the Eagles the early 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Matt Hitt lined a double to left field, driving home three more runs to extend Eastern Michigan's lead to 4-0. Stage replaced Kennedy and forced a final fly out to end the inning for the Bobcats.

Ohio responded in the bottom of the inning, though, as Newton got things rolling with a double of his own to center field. Eagles pitcher Ryan Lavoie walked freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) to put two Bobcats on base, and Painter RBI singled to left field, putting Ohio on the board for its first run of the day. A wild pitch advanced Wells and Painter one base each as Lavoie walked Madsen to load the bases, and freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) knocked home a two-RBI double to cut Eastern Michigan's lead to 4-3. Ohio added two more runs to cap off the eventful first inning and take the lead 5-4.

Cole took over the pitching efforts midway through the top of the second inning as Eastern Michigan regained the lead 6-5 thanks to a two-run double from Sam Ott. Cole then stunted the Eagles' momentum with a strikeout to bring the Bobcats up to bat. Wells got his first hit of the day with a double to left-center field and later advanced to third on another wild pitch. Madsen tied things up at six runs apiece with a RBI double, expanding his hitting streak to 20 games.

Ohio held Eastern Michigan scoreless in the third and fourth innings, as Paliotto became the fourth Bobcat pitcher to take the mound. Painter capitalized on the solid Bobcat defense with a shot to left field in the bottom of the fourth for his 11th home run of the season, putting Ohio in front 8-6. Senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) and Mezlak both got on base with hits following Painter's blast and freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) laced a two RBI single to build the Bobcats' lead to 9-6.

The Eagles cut Ohio's lead to one in the top of the fifth after two scored runs from Bo Kinder and Austin Williams, but Holmes added to his successful day with a RBI single to put Ohio back up 10-8.

Eastern Michigan added one more run in the top of the seventh inning, but that would prove to be all the Eagles could muster as Barber closed out the game for Ohio, helping the Bobcats seal the win 10-9.

Ohio Baseball takes a break from conference play as the Bobcats take on Big East Conference opponent Cincinnati this Tuesday, Apr. 3. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.