KENT, Ohio - Senior left-hander Marck Paliotto worked 7.1 innings to lead the Ohio University baseball team (6-23; 3-5 MAC) to a 6-3 win over Kent State Saturday afternoon at Schoonover Stadium.
In his longest outing of his career Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio), struck out one, walked three and gave up just two earned runs in the 31 batters he faced to pick up his second win on the year. Sophomore Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) came on in relief of Paliotto in the eighth inning and did not allow an earned run as he picked up his second save on the year.
Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Bobcats as he went 2-for-6 with a pair of RBI. Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio), sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Ohio), junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) and freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) also drove in runs for the Bobcats.
Dean and sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) all collected a pair of hits.
Ohio totaled 10 hits as a team, but left 16 runners on base. The Bobcats left the bases loaded in the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth innings. However, Ohio was able to score a pair of runs on two KSU errors. The Golden Flashes finished the game with four errors. In two games this weekend, KSU has committed eight errors. In addition, KSU pitchers hit five Ohio batters.
Kent State jumped on the scoreboard first as it scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, touching up Paliotto for a pair of hits.
Ohio responded in the fifth as it scored a pair of runs on three hits, capitalizing on two KSU errors. Madsen highlighted the frame for the `Cats as she singled into left field, which plated Gaertner and Nick Squires.
The Bobcats would go on to take the lead in the seventh as it scored three runs on two hits. Ohio loaded the with two outs and would go on to score two runs without collecting a hit. The first run came when Nick Squires was hit by a pitch, which allowed senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) to score from third. Gaertner followed Squires as he drew a walk to plate sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
In the eighth, Ohio added another run to make the count 6-2. Dean singled up the middle, which scored Wells from second. Wells got on base as he doubled into left field.
Kent State threatened in the bottom half of the eighth as it loaded the bases, but the Golden Flashes could only score one run as Ohio secured the win.
KSU starter Tyler Skulina suffered the loss after he worked 5.1 innings, striking out nine and walking just two.
Ohio returns to action with Kent State Sunday afternoon for the final game of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Sunday's finale will be aired live on WOUB 1340 and on OhioBobcats.com.