April 5, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (5-22, 1-7 MAC) fell to Kent State (18-10, 6-2 MAC) in game two of Saturday night's doubleheader at Bob Wren Stadium.
Freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) led the Bobcats' offense with three hits and two RBI. His single to right field in the third inning extended his hit streak to 11 games, a career-high and Ohio best this season. His third hit of the night was a stand up triple.
"He [Longo] plays hard," said head coach Rob Smith. "He has a passion to play baseball. I really appreciate the effort and the way he plays for us."
Freshman catcher Nick Bredeson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) also chipped in with a pair of hits. Junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) started his 132nd consecutive game for the Bobcats and collected a hit to continue his hitting streak to eight games.
Freshman pitcher Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) earned the start for the `Cats and went five innings as he suffered his first loss of the season (2- 1, 4.03 ERA). He ended the outing by allowing five runs on six hits, two walks and one strikeout.
The Flashes opened the scoring as they plated one run in the top of the second to take an early 1-0 lead. Right fielder T.J. Sutton extended Kent State's lead in the fourth with a triple to left field. The triple drove in two runs, to put KSU up 4-0 at the end of the frame. They added one more run in the following inning to pull ahead 5-0.
Kent State would not score again the rest of the game, as the Ohio bullpen held the Flashes scoreless through the final four innings. Junior Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) and freshman Corey Wells (Lexington, Ky.) each tossed one scoreless inning for the `Cats, while freshman Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) posted zeroes through the final two innings.
"I'm very pleased with the bullpen's effort tonight. It was nice to see those Cozart and Wells put up zeroes and then Salisbury threw two really good innings for us," Smith said. "It was nice to see those guys get going a little bit."
Longo put the `Cats on the board in the bottom of the seventh with a single up the middle to drive in two runs, to pull Ohio within three (5-2) entering the eighth. In the eighth, Ohio loaded the bases with two outs, but was unable to come away with any runs.
The `Cats threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Longo sparked a comeback attempt with a triple to right field. Junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) singled up the middle to send him home and close the game to within two. Ohio was unfortunately unable to complete the rally attempt as the Flashes secured the win.
Ohio and Kent State return to action tomorrow afternoon for the series finale. First pitch is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium. The game will be aired live on WOUB 1340 AM.