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Baseball Falls to West Virginia, 6-1

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Jared Willis picked up two hits in Wednesday's loss.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Jared Willis picked up two hits in Wednesday's loss.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

April 18, 2007

Box Score

Athens, Ohio - The Ohio baseball team was limited to six hits and just one run in a 6-1 loss to West Virginia Wednesday evening in Bob Wren Stadium. The loss snaps a four-game win streak against the Mountaineers.

"We just left too many men on base tonight," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "West Virginia has a real good team. They were just better than we were tonight."

Ohio (13-21) finished with one run on six hits and two errors and stranded nine men on base in the loss. West Virginia (22-11) finished with six runs on eight hits and committed one error while leaving 10 men on base. The Mountaineers drew seven walks in winning their fifth contest in the last six games.

Ohio starter Kurt Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) took the loss for his first decision of the season. He lasted two innings and allowed three hits and two earned runs in his first start of the season. Sophomore Zach Elmer (Delaware, Ohio) pitched three innings and allowed no hits but one run on three walks. Junior Andrew Shisila (Mentor, Ohio) threw two scoreless frames in the loss.

"I thought Elmer pitched pretty well tonight and Shisila pitched very well," Carbone said.

Senior Jared Willis (Logan, W.Va.) was the only Bobcat with a multi-hit game as he finished 2-for-4 on the night. Senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) went 1-for-3 with Ohio's only run scored. Sophomore Chris Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) drove in Ohio's only run and finished 1-for-3.

Mountaineer starter Josh Whitlock limited Ohio to one run on six hits in eight innings and struck out six hitters in the process. He did walk four batters but picked up the win to move to 5-3. Brendan Bergerson pitched a scoreless ninth for the Mountaineers. Tyler Kuhn and Vince Belnome each had two hits for WVU while Jordon Yost hit a two-run home run.

The Mountaineers scratched a run across in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Austen Markel for an early 1-0 lead. Jason Pape made it a 2-0 WVU advantage in the second inning with an RBI fielder's choice.

Ohio cut the deficit in half in the second when Walker drew a walk, stole second and moved to third on a single by senior J.T. Osburn (Warrenton, Va.). Klimko brought Walker home with a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1, but it was the last time Ohio got on the scoreboard the rest of the way.

The Mountaineers tallied three runs in the top of the third to make it a 5-1 game. Justin Jenkins brought one run home with an RBI single and then scored himself on a two-run shot to left-center by Jordon Yost.

After a scoreless fourth, fifth and sixth inning from each team, WVU tacked on another run via an RBI fielder's choice by Trent Ridgley for a 6-1 lead. The Bobcats tallied just one hit in the final three innings in falling to the Mountaineers by a score of 6-1.

Ohio will look to get back in the win column Friday when the Bobcat begin a three-game set with Mid-American Conference East Division foe Buffalo. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. in Bob Wren Stadium in Athens. Friday is Student Day at the ballpark, with all Ohio students receiving a free cookout.