April 24, 2013
BECKLEY, W. Va. - Senior third baseman Ben Otto went 2-for-4 with a home run, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (10-29) fell 4-2 to Marshall University Wednesday afternoon at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
Otto (Menomonie, Wis.), who entered the Bobcats' midweek matchup with a .393 average in his last 10 games, collected his first home run on the year. In addition, Otto drove in a pair of RBI. Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also posted a strong outing at the plate as he went 2-for-3. Madsen has totaled a team-best 18 multiple hit games this year.
Sophomore Nick Plys (Parma, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Bobcats and fell to 0-3 on the year. Plys worked 2.0 innings, gave up just two earned runs and gave up six hits. Senior Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) started the game for the Bobcats, allowing one hit and one unearned run.
Marshall jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Eric Escobedo doubled to centerfield. During the play, he came into score following an error. The Herd added another run in the third to increase their lead to 2-0.
Ohio evened the score at two apiece in the fourth thanks to a pair of hits. Junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) led off the frame with a double into left centerfield. Otto followed with a two-run home run that just cleared the left centerfield wall.
The Herd fought right back with one run in the bottom half of the frame. Marshall got one run off the bat of chase Vogelbach as he drilled a solo shot over the left field wall to reclaim the lead at 3-2. Following Vogelbach's solo homer the game was delayed for 25 minutes because of heavy rain in the area.
Once play resumed, Ohio threatened in the fifth as it put a pair of runners on base with just one out, but the `Cats were unable to even up the count at three. Marshall added another run in the sixth inning to increase its lead to two at 4-2. Over the final three innings, Ohio was limited to just one hit.
Marshall's Chase Boster picked up the win for the Herd to improve to 2-4 on the year. Boster worked just 1.0 inning, giving up two hits and two earned runs.
Ohio returns to action Friday as it opens up a three-game series on the road at Ball State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.