April 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior third baseman Dan Schmidt had a team-best three hits, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (16-16) dropped a 6-5 decision to Ohio State Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) came on to pinch hit for fellow junior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) and finished the game with three RBI and a double. Freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also turned in a strong performance offensively as he finished the night going 2-for-5 with a home run and a pair of RBI. He has collected a hit in 24 of his last 25 games.
Junior left-hander Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss after he worked 3.1 innings, allowing five earned runs.
Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) extended his team-best hitting streak to 10 games as went 2-for-5. Fellow senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) also extended a streak of his own as he got on base for the 32nd-consecutive game. Painter drew a walk in his final at bat in the bottom of the ninth inning to extend his streak.
Ohio struck first in the top half of the second as Madsen drilled an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Madsen's solo shot was his first career home run.
Ohio State tied the game in the bottom half of the second and go on to plate three runs in the third and one in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead after four innings.
The Bobcats fought back in the top half of the fifth as it scored three runs on four hits to cut the Buckeyes lead to 5-4. Ohio loaded the bases with no outs to start the frame before Schmidt came up to hit a bases clearing double.
Ohio State added a run in the bottom of the fifth to make the count 6-4, but that would be all the Buckeyes would score for the remainder of the contest. Ohio sophomore Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) kept OSU in check as he came on in the seventh and held the Buckeyes without a hit in the final 2.1 innings.
Ohio threatened in the ninth as it put two runners on base, but the Cats could only manage one run in the frame following a RBI single by Madsen.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday as they welcome Ball State for the first of a three-game series at Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.