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Baseball Comes Up Short Against Duquesne, 8-6

April 10, 2007

Box Score

PITTSBURGH - Freshman Marc Krauss was 4-for-5 and sophomore Chris Klimko hit his first home run of the season but the Ohio baseball team allowed six runs in the first two frames en route to an 8-6 loss to Duquesne Tuesday at Duquesne Field.

"We gave up some runs early in the game and had to fight back the whole way," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "That was the key to the game. We just did not play well enough to win."

Ohio (12-17) scored a run in the first inning but the Dukes (13-15) answered with two in their half of the first and four more in the second. The Bobcats scored three times in the fourth and plated single runs in the eighth and ninth but could not complete the comeback. Ohio is now 0-10 on the road this season while Duquesne earned its first home win of the season in six attempts.

The Bobcats finished with six runs on 10 hits and four errors and left 10 men on base in the loss. Krauss led the way again for the Bobcat offense as he went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Krauss also swiped his fifth base of the season and has not been caught stealing this year. He leads the team with a .368 batting average, six home runs and 24 RBI. The freshman slugger is hitting an even .500 with 18 RBI and 15 runs scored in the last 10 games.

"Marc has been playing outstanding baseball," Carbone said. "He has been waiting for his pitch and when he gets his pitch he is doing something with it. We are really happy, to say the least, with the progress he is making as a ballplayer."

Freshman Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was the only other Bobcat with a multi-hit day as he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, his first of the year.

Senior Dan Weiss (Cincinnati, Ohio) had a rough day on the mound as he retired just four hitters in the start and allowed six earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. He took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season. Sophomore Kurt Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) turned in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief while sophomore Adam Goodpasture (Columbus, Ohio) and junior John Angelicchi (Woodmere, Ohio) each pitched two-thirds of a scoreless inning.

"The pitchers did a decent job the rest of the way," Carbone said. "Kurt Smith is coming back from an injury and we thought he threw the ball fairly decent."

Duquesne posted eight runs on 11 hits with three errors and left seven men on base in the win. Bill Torre finished 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored for the Dukes. Ryan Juran earned the win after allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings pitched. Keith Meyer earned his third save of the season for the Dukes.

The Bobcats got on the board first when Rehak singled to start the game and moved to second on a groundout by senior Dusty Hammond (Bellefontaine, Ohio). Krauss followed with an RBI single to give Ohio an early 1-0 lead.

The lead was the last of the day for the Bobcats as the Dukes scored twice in the bottom of the first and added four more in the second inning. Torre led off the Duquesne first inning with a solo home run and Mike Carroll added an RBI single for a 2-1 lead. Torre and Aaron Janusey posted RBI singles in the second and Nolan Pena stole home for another run. The Dukes made it 6-1 when they scored on a Bobcat error.

Ohio climbed back into the game in the fourth inning when freshman Jerod Yakubik (Byesville, Ohio) led off the inning with a single and trotted home on Klimko's two-run blast. Hammond walked with two outs in the inning and came around to score on an RBI double by Krauss to cut the Duquesne lead to 6-4.

The Dukes added runs in the sixth and the seventh innings for an 8-4 lead before Ohio got back on the board in the eighth. Rehak smacked an RBI single in the eighth inning and senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) tallied a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make the score 8-6. With two away, sophomore Hayden Johnston (Strattanville, Pa.) drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate but Meyer got Yakubik to ground out to end the game.

Ohio will look for its first road win of the season Friday when the Bobcats travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., to battle Eastern Michigan in a Mid-American Conference match up. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

"We have nowhere to go but up (on the road)," Carbone said. "We just have to go out there and get after it. We are going to face the best pitcher in the league in (Jeff) Fischer. We have to play better defense and we have to be more aggressive in the batter's box."