April 3, 2007
CINCINATTI - Freshman Marc Krauss went 3-for-4 with three RBI and bashed his sixth home run in the past five games, but the Ohio baseball team was held to one run in the final six innings of a 7-5 loss to Xavier Tuesday at Hayden Field.
"We hit some balls hard today right at people," Head Coach Joe Carbone said.
The Bobcats led 4-1 after their half of the third but did not score again until the ninth inning. The Musketeers (11-18) scored four times in the fourth inning. Ohio finished with five runs on 11 hits while Xavier tallied seven runs on 10 hits. Each team committed one error in the contest.
The loss extends Ohio's season-long skid to nine games as the Bobcats (9-15) move to 0-9 this season on the road.
Krauss finished 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and a run scored. He has now hit six home runs on the season, all of them coming in the last five games. Krauss is hitting .319 on the season and has raised his average 64 points from .255 in the last five contests. He is 10-for-21 (.476) with six home runs, 12 RBI and seven runs scored in those five games.
"(Krauss) is up there swinging the bat and making some good contact," Carbone said. "He is getting his cuts."
Senior Bryant Witt (Powell, Ohio) went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the loss while sophomore Hayden Johnston (Strattanville, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Senior Dusty Hammond (Bellefontaine, Ohio) finished 1-for-3 with a run scored while sophomore Kirk Payne (Hilliard, Ohio) picked up a pinch-hit double and scored a run in his only at-bat.
Junior Matt Smith (Centre Hall, Pa.) took the loss for the Bobcats to fall to 2-3 on the season. He lasted four innings and allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits. Smith struck out four hitters against two walks. Sophomore Chris Rigo (Westlake, Ohio) threw two scoreless innings while sophomore Matt Schlarb (Lexington, Ohio) and junior John Angelicchi (Woodmere, Ohio) each turned in a scoreless inning of relief.
"I thought Schlarb, Rigo and Angelicchi threw very well today," Carbone said. "Smith didn't throw that badly. He just had some tough luck."
Mark Janszen earned the win in relief for the Musketeers as he limited the Bobcats to just one hit between the fourth and eighth innings. Janszen allowed a run in the ninth on two hits before Zac Richard retired the final three outs for his second consecutive save and third overall. Xavier starter Mike Creevy lasted only three innings as Ohio reached him for seven hits and four runs.
Jordan Wolf was the main thorn in Ohio's side Tuesday as he went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Wolf broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Adam Lipski was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Musketeers.
The Bobcats wasted no time getting to Creevy as they put a run on the board in the top of the first. Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) singled to center to open the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hammond. Krauss brought Stiffler home from second with an RBI double down the left field line to give Ohio an early 1-0 lead.
Smith was sharp in the first as he punched out two Musketeers. The second hitter he faced reached first on catcher's interference, but the left-handed Bobcat starter picked him off. Ohio gave Smith a two-run lead in the second when Witt singled and moved to third on a double by Johnston. Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made it a 2-0 Bobcat lead with a sacrifice fly to score Witt.
The Musketeers cut Ohio's lead in half with a run in the bottom of the second. Lipski singled and stole second with two men away to get into scoring position ahead of an RBI single by Neil Lindgren. Lindgren moved to second on a wild pitch and attempted to score on a single to left by Drew Schmidt, but Rehak gunned him out at the plate to keep Ohio ahead 2-1.
Krauss gave the Bobcats a 4-1 lead when he hit an opposite field, two-run home run to left field in the third inning. Hammond singled to open the inning in front of Krauss' two-run shot, his sixth home run in the past five games.
Xavier got the two runs right back in the bottom of the third when the Musketeers rapped four consecutive singles with two outs. Drew Roberts came up with a two-run single to cut Ohio's lead to 4-3.
The Musketeers took the lead in the fourth with a four-run inning. After issuing a walk to open the inning, Smith retired the next two hitters in order. He then walked Adam Pasono in front of an RBI single by Steve Brown that tied the game. Wolf followed with the eventual game-winning hit, a two-out, three-run home run to give the Musketeers a 7-4 lead. Smith recorded the final out of the inning, but his day was done after four innings as Schlarb came on in the fifth.
Schlarb turned in a scoreless fifth and Rigo did the same in the sixth and seventh. Angelicchi tossed a scoreless eighth inning but the Bobcats did not get back on the board until the ninth when Payne doubled and scored on an RBI double by Johnston. After Johnston's run-scoring hit, Richard entered the contests and retired the first three hitters to hand Ohio the 7-5 loss.
The Bobcats are back at home for a non-conference match up with Marshall on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. in Bob Wren Stadium. Ohio will send left-hander Dan Weiss (Cincinnati, Ohio) against Marshall's Adam Kuhr.