April 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (5-20) dropped an 11-6 decision to Ohio State (17-10) Tuesday evening at Bill Davis Stadium.
Freshman catcher Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) both collected a team-best two hits on the night to lead the squad offensively. Bredeson's two hits tied a season-high, while Madsen's start at first base marked his 130th-consecutive start.
"I'm not surprised about Nick's performance," said head coach Rob Smith. "He's a hard working player that competes with a lot of energy. He probably plays with the greatest sense of urgency of anyone that we have on the field."
Junior second baseman Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) also chipped in offensively as he drove in a season-high three RBI.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) got the start, but suffered the loss to fall to 0-4 on the year as he made his eighth appearance this season. Miller worked just 1.0 inning and gave up three earned runs. Ohio State reliever Tyler Giannonatti earned the win as he went 3.0 innings and held Ohio to just one hit.
Ohio State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. The Buckeyes first three batters all reached base as it collected four hits in the frame. Ohio State's Zach Ratcliff highlighted the inning for Ohio State as he doubled down the left field line, which drove in a pair of runs. Ratcliff went on to finish the game with a game-high five RBI.
"The guys stayed within the game and I have no issues with the way we played in terms of effort," Smith said. "We allowed five free bases on the night, so I thought they earned what they got for the most part. Sometimes it's not about how many mistakes you make, but when you make them and unfortunately for us tonight that led to a five-run inning and we weren't able to stop the bleeding."
Ohio threatened in the top half of the second as they loaded the bases, but the Bobcats were unable to score any runs in the frame. The Buckeyes struck again in the bottom half of the second as they scored one run on three hits to extend their lead to 6-0.
Ohio fought back in the top half of the fourth as it scored a pair of runs on two hits. The Bobcats scored both of their runs with two outs. Bredeson got the inning started with a double to right center field. Freshmen Tyler Finkler (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) and Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) would both get on base to follow. Black followed Longo and delivered a two single up the middle to drive in Bredeson and Finkler.
The Bobcats held Ohio State scoreless in the bottom half of the fourth, but the Buckeyes would then go on to outscore Ohio 5-0 over the next three innings.
Ohio cut into Ohio State's lead in the eighth as it drove in three runs on two hits, but left the bases loaded. Longo picked up an RBI single in the inning as he extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games.
The Bobcats added another run in the ninth to cut Ohio State's lead to 11-6, but they would get no closer as the Buckeyes went on to victory.
Ohio returns to action Friday at 6 p.m. as it welcomes Kent State to Bob Wren Stadium. Friday night's matchup will mark the start of a three-game series with the Golden Flashes. All three games will be aired live on WOUB 1340am. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Ryan Boyd will call the action.