April 7, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. - Senior captain Ethan Newton collected a game-high three hits and scored all three of the Bobcats' runs to lead the Ohio University baseball team (15-15; 5-3) to a 3-1 win over Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field.
Newton's (Norfolk, Va.) three-hit game was his third of the season. He also extended his team-best hitting streak to eight games. His three runs scored tied a season high and marked the seventh straight game in which he has scored at least one run. He also tallied his team-best 13th steal on the year.
"Ethan is the reason we won the game today," said head coach Joe Carbone. "He forced them to make some mistakes and he helped us get some offense going. Ethan is really staying within himself right now and is paying off for him at the plate."
Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) and freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also chipped in offensively as they each recorded an RBI. Painter finished the afternoon going 2-for-3 as he got on base for the 30th-consecutive game. Madsen collected a hit for the 22nd time his last 23 games as he went 1-for-3. He also got on base for the 23rd-consecutive game.
Senior Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) picked up his second straight win of the season after he worked 4.2 innings, allowed just three hits and allowed just one earned run. Fellow senior Shane Cole (Oakville, Ontario) came on in the ninth to pick up his second save on the year.
Ohio also received a strong middle relief performance from sophomore Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) as he worked 4.0 innings and did not allow a run.
"We got two good pitching performances today from Jason Moulton and Sean Kennedy and that was a big key in the win today," Carbone said.
The Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning following a throwing error by NIU catcher Brett Frantini, which allowed Newton to score from third.
Ohio added another run in the fifth thanks to a single through the left side by Painter, which allowed Newton to score from third. NIU added a run in the bottom half of the frame, but that would be all the Huskies would get for the remainder of the game.
The Bobcats added an insurance run in the seventh as Madsen drew a bases loaded walk, which allowed Newton to score his third run of the game.
Ohio will go for the series sweep on Easter Sunday. Junior captain Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) will make his first start since March 17. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m.