April 20, 2014
TOLEDO, Ohio - Junior Jake Madsen's three-hit effort was not enough to give the Ohio University baseball team a series win over the University of Toledo on Easter Sunday as the Bobcats suffered a 7-4 setback at Scott Park.
Madsen's (Cincinnati, Ohio) three-hit afternoon capped a successful series for the Bobcat right fielder as he batted .500 (7-for-14) against the Rockets. It also marked the 15th time this season he has posted a multi-hit game and the sixth time he has collected three-or-more hits.
Fellow junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in offensively as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss after he worked 4.0 innings, struck out four and allowed five earned runs. With the loss, Miller dropped to 0-5 on the year.
Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) came on in relief of Miller in the fifth and kept Ohio in the game down the stretch as he worked 3.0 scoreless frames. He also struck out a pair and allowed just one hit.
Toledo starter Kyle Slack picked up the win for the Rockets as he worked 6.0 innings and allowed just one earned run.
As team, Ohio collected 10 hits, which marked the 11th time this season the Bobcats have tallied 10-or-more hits. Both teams struggled defensively as they combined for six errors. Toledo committed four errors on the afternoon.
Ohio's setback to Toledo marked the 15th time it has lost by three runs or less this season.
Both teams traded runs in the first and second innings, but Toledo took the lead for good in the third thanks to a solo home run by John Martillotta. The Rockets broke the game open in the fourth thanks to a grand slam by clean up hitter Ryan Callahan, which made the score 7-2.
Ohio climbed back to within three as it plated a pair of runs in the seventh thanks to RBI singles by Madsen and Wells. The Bobcats were held scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively as Toledo reliever Adam Tyson nailed down his fourth save of the year.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it welcomes Morehead State to Bob Wren Stadium. The game is set to begin at 6 p.m.