April 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Junior right fielder Scott White was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (9-28; 5-10 MAC) dropped a 10-3 decision to Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Bob Wren Stadium.
Ohio finished the afternoon with 11 hits, which marked the 15th time this season the Bobcats have recorded 10-or-more hits.
Freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio), who hit out of the leadoff spot for just the third time this season finished the afternoon with a pair of hits. Squires' two-hit afternoon marked the 16th-consecutive time this season in which he has reached base.
Teammates Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) and Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also chipped in with a pair of hits. In addition, Madsen collected a team-best two RBI. He currently leads the squad with 27 RBI on the year.
Freshman right-hander Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss despite going 5.1 innings and giving up just three earned runs, striking just one. Ohio used five different pitchers on the afternoon.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first five innings of the game. Ohio threatened in the fourth as it loaded the bases with two outs, but the Bobcats were unable to break the scoreless tie.
Northern Illinois struck first as it scored three runs in the top half of the sixth, pounding out five hits. Ohio threatened in the bottom half of the inning as Schmidt and White tallied back-to-back hits to give the Bobcats a pair of base runners with just one out. NIU responded to the back-to-back hits, by striking out junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) and picking off White at first base to end the Bobcats' threat in the sixth.
In the seventh, NIU added three more runs as it capitalized on a pair of Ohio errors, which made the count 6-0 Huskies. After Ohio was retired in the seventh, NIU added four more runs to take a 10-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the frame.
Ohio did score three runs in the bottom half of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Madsen and an RBI sacrifice fly by White, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped the series 2-1.
NIU starter Alex Klonowski picked up the win for the Huskies as he went 7.0 innings, struck out seven and gave up no earned runs.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it heads welcomes Morehead State to Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.