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Ohio Falls to Northern Illinois, 11-2

Marck Paliotto

April 20, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (9-27; 5-9 MAC) dropped game two of its three-game series with Northern Illinois 11-2 Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

Junior Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) suffered the loss for Ohio and dropped to 0-3 on the year as he came on in relief of Bobcat starter Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio). Cozart worked just 2.2 innings and gave up four earned runs on five hits. Paliotto worked 5.1 innings and gave up just two earned runs as he made his 14th appearance of the year.

Offensively for the Bobcats, no player had more than one hit. Sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and junior Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) each tallied a hit and an RBI to lead Ohio's offensive output.

Northern Illinois took the early lead as it scored one run on three hits in the first inning. The Huskies put a pair of runners on base with nobody out, but Paliotto responded by retiring three of the next four batters.

Ohio fought back in the third with a run to tie the game at one run apiece. Gaertner singled in junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) from third base to even the score. Dean got on base after he led off the frame with a single into right field.

The Bobcats took the lead in the fourth as senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) came into score from third following a sacrifice fly to right field by White. Ohio threatened again in the following inning as it loaded the bases with two outs, but the Bobcats were unable to add to their lead.

Northern Illinois tied the game in the sixth as it capitalized on a wild pitch by Cozart, which allowed Landon Tenhagen to score from third base.

Two innings later, the Huskies added two more runs to take the lead for good. In the ninth, NIU scored seven runs on six hits to increase its lead to 11-2.

NIU starter Eli Anderson picked up his sixth win of the season and just missed tallying his fifth-consecutive complete game of the year. The junior hurler finished the game by going 8.0 innings, allowing just four hits and struck out seven. Anderson held the Bobcats without a hit in his final four innings on the mound.

The final game of this weekend's three-game series is set for 1 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium. Right-hander Connor Sitz will take the mound for Ohio as he goes for his second straight win.