April 13, 2014
AKRON, Ohio - Junior rightfielder Tyler Wells collected a season-high three RBI, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team came up short to the University of Akron Sunday afternoon at Lee Jackson Field.
Ohio's one run setback to the Zips marked the 12th time this season it has lost by three runs or less.
Wells (Lexington, Ky.) finished the afternoon by going 3-for-5 with a double. His three hits were a season-best. His three hits also marked the 10th time this season he has tallied a multi-hit game at the plate.
Fellow junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also chipped in offensively as he went 2-for-5 at the plate. He also drove in an RBI. Madsen's two-hit afternoon gave him a team-best 13 multi-hit games this season.
Sophomore Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) got the start for Ohio and went 6.0 innings, allowed just two earned runs and struck out five. Despite logging his first quality start of the season, Miller did not figure into the decision.
Freshman reliever Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Bobcats and dropped to 0-4 on the year. Akron reliever Zach Beaver picked up the win as he went 3.0 innings, gave up just one hit and did not allow a run.
Ohio jumped out to an early lead as it scored three runs on three hits in the top half of the first inning.
Madsen drove in Ohio's first run of the game as he singled up the middle to drive in senior leftfielder Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas) from second base. Geller got on base following a single up the middle. Wells highlighted the frame as he clubbed a two-run double.
Akron cut the Bobcats' lead to two as it scored one run in the bottom half of the second. Ohio responded with a run in the top of the fourth thanks to a two-out single by Wells. The Zips trimmed Ohio's lead to one as they scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame.
The Zips completed their comeback as they scored one run in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In the ninth, Ohio went down in order as Akron secured the win. Zips reliever Matt Larocca came on in the ninth and earned the save.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to Dayton for its midweek matchup with the Flyers. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.