April 4, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio baseball team scored six times in the seventh inning to erase a 4-2 deficit as the Bobcats snapped their nine-game skid with a 9-6 win against Marshall Wednesday in Bob Wren Stadium.
"I guess we got the monkey off our back a little bit," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "It wasn't fancy but we got the win. We finally got the guys to swing the bat the way they are capable."
Ohio (10-15) earned its first win since March 18 when the Bobcats swept a doubleheader against Oakland. The Bobcats scored nine runs on 12 hits with two errors and left nine men on base in Wednesday's win. Marshall (10-15) has now lost eight straight games and finished with six runs on six hits with three errors. The Thundering Herd left 10 men on base in the loss.
Sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way as he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored on the day.
"It felt great," Besl said. "I had a pretty bad day yesterday so I came in early today and worked on some things and it paid off. (Snapping the losing streak) was big. We are 0-6 in the MAC so it's important to start getting a little rhythm."
Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) had a big day with a 3-for-4 performance, two runs scored and an RBI. Stiffler also swiped two bags in the victory. Senior J.T. Osburn (Warrenton, Va.) went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored off the bench.
Senior Zeke Isaacs (West Carrollton, Ohio) earned his first win of the season as he pitched two scoreless innings in relief. He worked around three hits and a walk to move to 1-0 on the year. Senior Dan Weiss (Cincinnati, Ohio) started for the Bobcats and pitched five innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs with four walks. He tied his career-high with six strikeouts. Sophomore Adam Goodpasture (Columbus, Ohio) also turned in a scoreless innings.
Andrew Blain took the loss for the Thundering Herd as he allowed three runs in one-third of an inning pitched. Tommy Johnson was the only Marshall player with a multi-hit day. He went 2-for-3 in the loss.
Weiss pitched effectively through the first three innings, skating around just a pair of walks in the second inning. The Thundering Herd got to Weiss in the fourth without the benefit of a hard hit ball. Brandon Casamassima drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a seeing-eye single by Johnson. After another walk loaded the bases, Blake Sanders hit a potential double play ball that glanced off Weiss' glove and went for an infield single to score one run. Marshall made it 2-0 on an RBI fielder's choice in the next at-bat.
The Bobcats answered right back in their half of the fourth with a pair of runs to tie the game. Besl doubled down the left field line to open the inning and moved to third on a flyout. Sophomore Hayden Johnston (Strattanville, Pa.) scored Besl with an RBI groundout and senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) followed with a bases empty double to right. Sophomore Chris Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) followed with a sharp RBI single with two away to tie the game at two.
Marshall answered right back in the fifth with the help of a Bobcat error. Brit Vincent reached on an error to start the inning and trotted home on two-run blast by Brendan Murphy to give the Thunder Herd a 4-2 lead.
The Bobcats were held scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings but broke through in a big way in the seventh with six runs. Senior Bryant Witt (Powell, Ohio) walked to open the frame and scored on an RBI triple by Stiffler. Osburn followed with an RBI, pinch hit single and then scored on another triple to center by freshman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio). Besl kept the rally going with an RBI double to make it 6-4 Bobcats and then Ohio tacked on two more runs on a Marshall error to take an 8-4 lead after seven innings.
Goodpasture pitched a scoreless eighth and Besl made it a 9-4 lead for Ohio with an RBI fielder's choice in the bottom of the frame. The Thundering Herd tacked on two runs in the ninth but it was not enough as Ohio snapped its nine-game skid with the 9-6 win.
The Bobcats return to Mid-American Conference play this weekend with a three-game home set against Ball State at Bob Wren Stadium. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. and can be heard on WATH 970 AM or online at ohiobobcats.com.