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Ohio Falls to Akron in Extra Innings, 4-2

Nate Squires

April 12, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman second baseman Nate Squires went 2-for-4 and scored a run, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (7-25, 3-7) dropped a 4-2 decision in 10 innings to the University of Akron Friday night at Bob Wren Stadium.

Ohio's extra-inning affair with Akron marked just the second time this season in which the Bobcats have had to go into extra frames to settle a game.

Freshman starting right-hander Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) pitched eight strong innings as he struck out a career-high nine batters, while allowing just two walks. Despite the strong start by Miller, he did not figure into the decision as he left prior to the ninth inning in a 2-2 tie. Senior right-hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W.Va.) came in and pitched the ninth and tenth. Barber received the loss as he gave up unearned two runs in the tenth, while striking out two.

The Zips jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, but the Bobcats responded in the third with one run of their own to tie it up at one. Freshman second baseman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) scored the run following a single up the middle by sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.). Gaertner's single up the middle extended his hitting streak to seven games, while Nate Squires reached base for the 11th-consecutive contest.

Akron re-claimed the lead in the fourth (2-1) after a lead-off triple by Joey Havrilak. Havrilak then scored off a groundout by Jared Turocy.

Ohio threatened in the bottom of the fifth, but ultimately left two on base and no runs were scored.

The 'Cats tied the game (2-2) in the sixth thanks to a pair of hits. Junior right fielder Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) got the inning started as he singled through the left side. He then reached second following a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) and would later come into score following a key two-out single down the third base line by Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.).

Both teams would be unable to score in the rest of regulation, which sent the game into extra innings.

Akron capitalized on a pair of Ohio errors as it scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th to make the count 4-2. In the bottom half of the frame, Ohio brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the form of Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Nikithser hit what appeared to be an RBI double, which would have cut the Zips' lead to one, but Akron center fielder Devan Ahart made a sliding catch into the wall deep in center field to secure the game's final out of the game.

Ohio returns to the ballpark Saturday as it plays host to game two against Akron. First pitch is at 3 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium.