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Ohio Downed at Home by Xavier, 15-10

Nick Squires

April 2, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Nick Squires collected a season-high five hits, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (5-22, 2-4) fell to Xavier (11-13), 15-10 in a high scoring affair Tuesday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.

Both teams combined for 25 runs and 37 hits, which is the second game this season Ohio and their opponent has combined for at least 25 runs and 30 hits.

Ohio scored 10 runs for the fourth time, while its 18 hits ties a season high (Youngstown State on Mar. 19).

Nine different Bobcats had at least one hit during the game. Squires (Plain City, Ohio) finished the game with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa) and sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also chipped with three hits appearance. Madsen and junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Oho) each tallied three RBI.

Senior Lefty Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) took the loss on the evening, allowing five runs on four hits as he fell to 1-6 on the year. Freshman starter Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) started the game and worked a scoreless first inning, but he did not factor into the decision.

Xavier right hander Vinny Nittolli earned his first win of the season, holding the Bobcats offense in check, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out two batters in four innings of work. Sophomores Zach Johnson, Daniel Przeniczny and Daniel Campbell pitched the final five innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits.

Ohio got on the board early, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Squires led off the inning with a single, in the ensuing at bat, Gaertner singled up the middle, advancing Squires to second.

After both runners advanced on a pass ball, Madsen advanced Squires home off a fielder's choice before Gaertner advanced to third and charged home on a fielding error during the next play.

The Musketeers scored five runs in the second and third innings to take a 10-2 lead. Xavier went on to add one run in the fourth to take an 11-2 lead. Senior Patrick Paligraf did most of the damage, going 2-for-3 with six RBI, including a three-run double in the second to break the 2-2 tie.

Paligraf, Stephen Schoettmer and Selby Chidemo went a combined 6-for-13 while accounting for 13 of the teams 15 RBI.

Ohio's defense settled down after the fourth, only allowing four more runs for the final five innings. Ohio tallied four runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to five, 11-6. Following a Dan Schmidt SAC-fly bringing in Squires, Dean belted a three-run home run over the left field for his first of the season and the team's 10th on the year.

Xavier extended the lead to seven, 13-6, in the top of the sixth after Schoettmer's two-run RBI triple, scoring Seth Dawes and Jake Forrester.

Ohio responded scoring four runs in the final four innings, but a two run eighth inning by the Musketeers put the game out of reach.