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Ohio Holds Off Ball State in Game One, 11-9

Jake Madsen

April 15, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Jake Madsen went 4-for-5 to help lead the Ohio University baseball team (18-16; 8-3) hold off a late surge by the Ball State Cardinals (7-25, 3-8) to take the first game of a doubleheader 11-9.

Ohio's win over Ball State marked its seventh-straight win over a league opponent. The Bobcats have not won seven straight league games since 1999.

Madsen's (Cincinnati, Ohio) four-hit afternoon was his 16th multiple hit game of the year. He also picked up a hit for the 26th time in his last 27 games.

Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) also chipped in offensively as he went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He also moved into fifth-place all-time in the Ohio record books with his 35th career stolen base.

Newton also extended his hitting streak to 12 games and moved into 5th place in the Ohio record books with the 35th stolen base of his career.

Starting pitcher Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) picked up the win as he went 7.0 innings, striking out three and holding Ball State to only 2 earned runs. Sophomore pitcher Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Newton got the scoring started in the first inning as he lead-off with a single and reached third on an errant throw by Ball State. Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) brought Newton home on his team-high 32nd RBI of the season. Painter would later get on base for the 34th-consecutive game. In 2012, Painter has got on base in every game this season.

Ohio put two more runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second after catcher Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) hit his second home-run of the year. Sophomore designated hitter Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) scored the second year of the after for the Cats following an RBI single by Newton. Newton's RBI single was his 22nd on the year.

Ball State got on the board in the third as it plated a pair of runs to make the count 3-2.

The Bobcats would answer in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 6-2. Sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) had the key hit in the frame as he had a two out single up the middle that drove in a pair of runs.

Ohio was back at it again in the bottom of the fourth and added three more runs before Ball State called it a day for starting pitcher Nestor Bautista. BSU reliever Miles Moeller would come in to replace him. Freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) leaded off the inning with a single and advanced home on a Madsen RBI. Painter reached on an error and added to his run total on the day on a RBI single by Schmidt. Madsen would add another run for Ohio on a sac-fly by Dean.

The Bobcats added another run in the bottom of the fifth, but Ball State would fight back with two runs in the seventh and five in the eighth to make the count 10-9 heading into the bottom of the frame.

In the eighth, Ohio got one run back thanks to an RBI single by Mezlak that scored Madsen from second base. Madsen reached on a single up the middle for his fourth hit of the game and his second 4-hit game of the season.

Ohio slammed the door in the ninth as it held Ball State scoreless.