April 25, 2008
KENT, Ohio -
Ohio junior right-hander Chris Rigo (Westlake, Ohio) threw his second complete game of the season and the Ohio hitters did the rest in a 7-2 victory against Kent State Friday afternoon at Schoonover Stadium. With the win Ohio (20-20, 9-7 MAC) moves back into first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division standings, just ahead of Kent State (22-17, 7-6 MAC).
Rigo worked all nine innings and surrendered just two runs, one in the bottom of the first and another in the sixth, while striking out eight Kent State batters. Rigo gave up nine hits, but worked his way out of several jams to leave Kent State with 10 runners stranded on base. The junior is now 4-2 on the season.
"Rigo did a great job," said Ohio Head Coach Joe Carbone. "We know he was getting tired, but he was just real sharp today for us."
Ohio senior Zach Hartle (Toledo, Ohio) blasted a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to give the Bobcats a 4-1 lead and then the Bobcats turned the game over to Rigo until the top of the ninth. In the final inning, freshman Gauntlett Eldemire (Shaker Heights, Ohio) provided the final dagger with a three-run blast over the wall in left centerfield to add some insurance runs and give the Bobcats the five-run victory.
Both Hartle and Eldemire finished 1-for-4 at the plate, with each recording three RBI and one run scored. Hartle's homer was his fourth of the season and it was Eldemire's third four-bagger of the year. Sophomore Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) went a perfect 3-for-3 on the day with one run scored and his first triple of the season. Freshman Robert Maddox III (Euclid, Ohio) was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and his 14th double of the season for Ohio.
Kent State's Brad Stillings takes the loss after going 8.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking three.
The Bobcats and Golden Flashes play game two of their series Saturday afternoon with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
Wes Liles is the baseball contact in the Ohio media relations office. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.