April 5, 2013
KENT, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (5-23; 2-5 MAC) dropped a 6-5 decision to Kent State (13-14; 5-2 MAC) Friday afternoon at Schoonover Stadium. Friday afternoon's game was the first of three the Bobcats will play with the Golden Flashes.
Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led the Bobcats' offensive effort as they both drove in a pair of runs. Sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in offensively as tallied an RBI.
Senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) suffered the loss for the Bobcats to fall to 0-3 on the year. Barber came in for Ohio starter Jake Miller (Columbus, Ohio) in the third inning and would then work 5.2 innings to close out the game. Upon replacing Miller, Barber would go on to retire 11 straight batters, but it was not enough as he allowed three earned runs, walked three and struck out two.
The Golden Flashes took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as it tallied a pair of hits. Ohio fought back in the third to tie the game at one run apiece. Senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) got the `Cats on the board as he scored all the way from third base thanks to an RBI triple from Gaertner. Kent State responded in the bottom half of the inning with a pair of runs to reclaim the lead at 3-1.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Ohio tagged Kent State for four runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) led off the inning with a double down the left line. Otto followed with a walk to give the `Cats a pair of runners with nobody out. Following a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line by freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio), Ohio had two runners in scoring position. Nick Squires followed his twin brother with a double down the right field line, which plated both Dean and Otto.
Ohio did not let up as it would go to score two more runs in the frame thanks to RBI singles by Gaertner and Wells.
Kent State began to chip away at the Bobcats' lead as it added one run in the seventh to make the count 5-4. In the eighth, the Golden Flashes took the lead as it scored two runs on two hits. KSU right fielder T.J. Sutton highlighted the frame with an inside-the-park home run to give the Golden Flashes the lead for good.
In the ninth, KSU's Brian Clark worked a perfect inning, retiring the Bobcats in order to earn the save. Josh Pierce picked up the win for the Golden Flashes and improved to 2-1 on the year.
Game two of the three-game series is set to begin at 1 p.m.