April 9, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio-For the second straight game, the Ohio hitting attack erupted and, combined with a solid pitching performance, crushed visiting Western Michigan 25-3 Friday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.
Both teams stand at 5-22 overall following the contest, while Ohio has a 2-5 mark in the Mid-American Conference and WMU sports a 1-6 league record.
Ohio center fielder Gauntlett Eldemire knocked in five runs, while left fielder Robert Maddox III and right fielder Adam Gecewich each drove in four. Gecewich, who had a team-high four hits, has been on a tear of late, posting seven RBIs, while hitting .636. Five Bobcats scored three runs.
WMU was led by center fielder Kyle Galbraith, who had three hits and two RBIs. Third baseman Grant Simotes and right fielder Chris Lewis also had three hits, while Simotes scored twice.
Ohio starter Bryce Butt (2-5) got the win, allowing three runs on 12 hits, with four strikeouts and two walks over six and one-third innings. Reliever Rex Ingham finished the game in fine fashion, allowing just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts in the final two and two-thirds innings.
Western starter Casey Webber (1-2) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in the first five innings with one strikeout and three walks.
After a WMU tally in the third, Ohio answered when shortstop Wesley O’Neill drove in catcher Kris McDonough with a single to right center.
After that, Ohio scored its final 24 runs in its final four at-bats. McDonough got the scoring started in the fifth when he launched a two-run homer to left center and O’Neill followed with a run-scoring double to right center. Eldemire knocked in second baseman Zach Keen with a single to right and O’Neill scored the final run of the inning on Maddox’s groundout to second.
Gecewich led off the sixth by hammering a 1-2 offering over the right field wall and first baseman Jerod Yakubik added a two-run double to left center. Eldemire then knocked him in when he blasted an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall. Gecewich wrapped up the frame when he laced a two-run double to left center.
The Broncos scored twice in the seventh, but Ohio came right back with three unearned tallies in the bottom half of the inning when Eldemire, Maddox and designated hitter Seth Streich all contributed run-scoring singles.
The Bobcats posted nine more unearned runs in the eighth frame, all of which came with two out. With the bases loaded, Eldemire was hit with a pitch to force home the first run and Maddox followed with a two-run double to right center. Streich drove in the next run with a single to center and Gecewich knocked in another run with a double to right. Pinch hitter J.R. Reynolds got in on the fun with a run-scoring single to left center and third baseman Bryan Barnes finished the scoring in grand fashion when he crushed a 1-1 pitch out to right for a three-run shot.
All but one Bobcat starter scored and got a hit and all but two drove in a run. Ohio finished the game with seven doubles and four homers.
The two teams will play the second game of the series Saturday at 3 p.m.