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Ohio Drops Game Two to Ball State, 4-3

Ethan Newton

April 15, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (18-17, 8-4) dropped the second game of a doubleheader 4-3 to Ball State in the series finale on Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium. The Bobcats finished the series by taking two-of-three from the Cardinals over the weekend.

The Bobcats loss in game two of the doubleheader snapped its seven-game winning streak over league. Ohio's 2-1 series victory over Ball State marked its third MAC series victory of the year.

Junior captain Seth Streich (Ridgeway,Pa) took the loss giving up four runs on six hits. Sophomore Sean Kennedy (Columbus,Ohio) made an appearance and junior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W.Va) came in relief to pitch the final 2.1 innings. Barber did not allow a run and struck out four.

Ball State's Devin Wilbun picked up the win coming on in relief for starter Chris Marangon. Wilbun did not allow a run. Jacob Brewer would earn the save pitching 2.1 innings of relief.

Freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led the Bobcats offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain,Ohio) also chipped in offensively as he drove in a run, going 1-for-4. Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va) would go 3-for-4, and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games.

Newton also stole a pair of bases. He currently leads the team with 18 steals on the year. As a team, Ohio had a season-high five swipes, surpassing the previous high of three.

Ball State would take an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third thanks to a RBI single by Mitch Widau, which drove two runs. Ohio cut the Cardinals' lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Mezlak hit a two out single to left, scoring freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.).

After a solo shot by T.J. Weir in the sixth, Ball State to stretched its lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom half of the frame, Ohio would tie the game following an RBI single by Gaertner to right field which plated senior Jensen Painter (Willshire,Ohio) and Newton. Painter got on base he singled to left field and got on base for the 35th-consecutive game. Painter is the only player on the team, who has got on base in every game this season.

Ball State added another run in the top of the seventh thanks to a single up the middle by Sean Godfrey, which scored Elbert Devarie from third.

Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it heads to Youngstown State for a mid-week contest, beginning at 3 p.m.