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Baseball Drops Two at Eastern Michigan

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Sophomore Kevin Mementowski allowed just one unearned run in 8.1 innings of game one.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Sophomore Kevin Mementowski allowed just one unearned run in 8.1 innings of game one.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

April 14, 2007

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Ohio baseball team came up one run short on two different occasions Saturday, when the Bobcats dropped both games of a doubleheader to Eastern Michigan by scores of 1-0 and 5-4 in 11 innings in Oestrike Stadium.

"We played hard all day and we were right there," Carbone said. "All three games of this series could have gone either way. Eastern Michigan is a good club and they are well coached and I see them going a long way in the MAC Tournament."

Both losses came in walk-off fashion as Eastern Michigan scored the only run of the first game of the doubleheader in the bottom of ninth inning. The Eagles finished the series sweep with a run in the bottom of the 11th inning of the nightcap.

The loss keeps Ohio (12-20, 2-10) winless on the road this season as the Bobcats fall to 0-13 in road contests and 0-6 in Mid-American Conference road games. Eastern Michigan (12-14, 9-1) has won 10 of its last 13 games.

Freshman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio) went 4-for-8 on the day with an RBI while senior Bryant Witt was 3-for-7 with two RBI in the two contests. Senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) finished the day 3-for-8 while sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 3-for-10.

Game One - Eastern Michigan 1, Ohio 0

Game one of the doubleheader was the definition of a pitcher's dual as sophomore Kevin Mementowski (Parma, Ohio) squared off against Eastern Michigan's George Biddle. Like in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Eagles, the Bobcats came up on the short end of the dual in a 1-0 loss. The Eagles scored the only run of the game on a Bobcat error in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"Eastern has some good pitching," Carbone said. "Biddle threw a great game and I thought Mementowski pitched well in game one."

Mementowski took the tough-luck loss as allowed one run on only five hits and three walks in 8.1 innings. The 8.1 innings was a career-high for Mementowski and a season-long by a Bobcat pitcher. Sophomore Chris Rigo (Westlake, Ohio) set the previous season-long with an eight inning complete game Friday against the Eagles. Mementowski finished with four strikeouts and three walks in falling to 2-1 on the season.

Biddle earned the win with a complete game as he worked around seven hits and three walks in nine innings. Biddle joined Eastern Michigan's Friday night starter Jeff Fischer with a complete game shutout of the Bobcats. He escaped several jams as Ohio left 10 runners stranded on base in the loss.

Walker was the only Bobcat with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-3 with a walk. Krauss finished 1-for-3 with a walk while freshman Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.

Brian Blackburn paced the Eagle lineup with a 2-for-4 performance. Derek Lehrman finished 1-for-2 and scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning.

Mementowski escaped a jam in the first inning when he allowed a one-out single and a two-out walk but retired the next hitter to keep the score tied at zero. The Bobcats had the first of several chances in the third inning when Walker doubled with one away but was left stranded at second. The Eagles led off their half of the third with a double but also left the runner stranded.

Ohio put runners on first and third with two outs behind singles from Krauss and Walker in the fourth, but once again was unable to come through in the clutch. While Mementowski faced the minimum from the fourth through sixth innings, the Bobcats again put runners on the corners in the seventh. Walker singled and moved to third with only one away on a base hit by freshman Jerod Yakubik (Byesville, Ohio), but the next two Bobcats were retired to end the threat.

Ohio loaded the bases via three walks from Biddle in the eighth but the Eagle right-hander again wiggled off the hook. Mementowski retired the EMU lineup in order in the eighth and Biddle worked around a two-out single in the ninth to send the game to the bottom of the ninth in a scoreless tie.

The Eagles made Biddle's complete game performance pay off in their last at-bat, plating a run to earn the walk-off win. Lehrman singled off Mementowski to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Carbone then opted to go to the bullpen and junior Andrew Shisila (Mentor, Ohio) with one away. Shisila issued a walk and Blackburn followed with a single to left that the Bobcat outfielder let get under his glove, allowing the winning run to score in a 1-0 Ohio loss.

Game Two - Eastern Michigan 5, Ohio 4 (11 innings)

Game two of the doubleheader featured a walk-off win by the Eagles for the sweep. The Bobcats erased a 4-0 deficit to send the game to extra innings, where Steve Bradshaw won the game with an RBI fielder's choice.

Junior Matt Smith (Centre Hall, Pa.) took the loss in relief but pitched effectively. He finished with 3.1 innings pitched and the one run allowed on three hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Adam Goodpasture (Columbus, Ohio) allowed just one hit in 1.2 scoreless relief innings while senior Zeke Isaacs (West Carrollton, Ohio) started the game and allowed four runs, none of them earns, in 5.1 innings pitched.

"I thought Isaacs, Goodpasture and Smith threw the ball pretty well," Carbone said.

Krauss led the way for Ohio at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with a walk and an RBI. Senior Bryant Witt (Powell, Ohio) went 2-for-3 with two RBI while sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 3-for-6. Sophomore Hayden Johnston (Strattanville, Pa.) was 0-for-2 but was plunked three times in the game.

Matt Shoemaker earned the win with four scoreless relief innings for the Eagles. Kyle Rhoad led EMU with a 3-for-4 performance and two runs scored.

The Eagles got on the board first in game two with an unearned run in the second inning. Patrick Dean reached on an error and then scored on an RBI double by Rhoad. EMU tacked on three more unearned runs in the next frame with the help of another Bobcat error. Hehr reached on an error to start the inning and Blackburn, Rhoad and Trumaine Riley each rapped RBI singles later in the inning for a 4-0 Eagle lead.

Ohio got in the run column for the first time in the series with a single run in the fifth inning. The rally came with two away, when Rehak singled and moved to second when senior Dusty Hammond (Bellefontaine, Ohio) walked. Krauss came up with a two-out, RBI single to cut Ohio's deficit to 4-1.

Isaacs worked a scoreless fifth and the Bobcats pulled to within a run in the top of the sixth. With one away, Johnston was hit by a pitch and Yakubik walked to put two runners aboard. After a pitching change, the runners moved to second and third on a groundout and both came around to score on a two-run single by Witt to cut Eastern Michigan's lead to 4-3.

The score remained 4-3 heading into the eighth inning, when the Bobcats evened the score at four. Johnston was hit by a pitch and Yakubik reached on an error to put two runners aboard with nobody out. A double play left a runner at third with two outs, but junior Zach Hartle (Toledo, Ohio) reached on an error by the pitcher and Johnston scored from third to tie the game at four.

The Bobcats escaped a major jam in the eighth when Ohio beaned three consecutive batters to load the bases with one out. Smith entered the game and struck out the first hitter he faced before inducing an inning ending fly ball to escape unscathed. Ohio had three singles in the top of the ninth but was unable to score due in large part to a pick off.

The Eagles earned the win in the bottom of the 11th when Hehr reached on a bunt single to open the inning and moved to second on a balk. After a sac bunt moved him to third, Carbone called for Smith to intentionally walk the next two hitters to load the bases. Smith got what he needed, a ground ball to second base, but Bradshaw beat the relay to first for an RBI fielder's choice to hand Ohio a 5-4 loss.

"I thought we were going to turn the double play but (Bradshaw) got down the line pretty good," Carbone said. "It was a bang-bang play."

Ohio will be back in action Tuesday with a non-conference match up at Cincinnati. The Bobcats and Bearcats will begin play at 6:30 p.m. in UC Baseball Stadium.