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April 19, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – Sophomore catcher Cody Gaernter went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Ohio University baseball team (9-26; 5-8 MAC) past Northern Illinois 5-4 Friday evening at Bob Wren Stadium in the first of a three-game series.

Freshman right hander Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) improved his record to 2-4 on the season with the win, putting in 6.2 innings of work on the mound while allowing four runs on seven hits.

Senior Brett Barber recorded his first save of the season. The right hander from Hurricane, W. Va. pitched the final 2.1 innings and did not allow a single hit while striking out two.

Northern Illinois’ Jordan Ruckman took the loss on the evening, falling to 1-6 on the season. Ruckman went 5.1 innings while allowing five runs on six hits. Ben Neumann, Kevin Sweeney and Jon Savarise also saw time on the mound for the Huskies.

Offensively, sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI while junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) chipped in with two hits. Freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) chipped in with a hit as senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wisc.) also chipped in with an RBI.

Despite not recording a hit, freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) reached based three separate times after he was hit-by-a-pitch each time.

Northern Illinois scored two runs in the top of third to take a 2-0 lead. Jamison Wells singled up the middle to bring in Nate Ruzich. In the next at-bat, Tommy Hook doubled to right field to bring in Wells.

Ohio tied things up in the ensuing inning thanks to Gaertner’s home run over the right centerfield field wall. The catcher’s home run was his first of the season.

The Bobcats took a one run lead in the top of the fourth, 3-2. With the bases loaded, Otto’s sac-fly brought in senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) after he advanced to third off an infield bunt by Dean.

In the top of the sixth, Ruzich singled to left field to bring in Landon Tenhagen to bring the game to a 3-3 tie.

With the bases loaded for the second time of the day, the Bobcats retook the lead scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Gaertner and Madsen both drove in runs to increase Ohio’s advantage to two at 5-3.

The Huskies would score one more run in the seventh to cut the lead to one, 5-4, but they would get no closer as Barber shut NIU out in the eighth and ninth innings, leading to the save.

Game two of tomorrow’s three-game set begins at 3 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium.