April 26, 2013
MUNCIE, Ind. - Freshman starter Jake Miller worked 7.0 innings and struck out seven, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (10-30; 5-11 MAC) dropped a 5-4 decision to Ball State Friday afternoon in game one of its three-game series with the Cardinals.
Miller (Westerville, Ohio) went 7.0 innings-or-more for the fourth time this season. In his 7.0 innings of work, Miller gave up four earned runs and scattered just six hits as he dropped to 2-5 on the year.
Offensively, Ohio outhit Ball State 8-7. Sophomores Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way for the Bobcats as they both tallied a pair of hits and combined to drive in three RBI. Madsen picked up a pair of RBI to drive in his team-best 28th and 29th runs of the season.
Ball State got on the board first as it plated one run in the bottom half of the second, but the Bobcats responded with three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead. Gaertner and Madsen both drove in runs for Ohio with two outs.
The Cardinals would reclaim the lead in the bottom half of the frame as they scored three runs on two hits, while capitalizing on an error. BSU's Cody Campbell highlighted the frame for the Cardinals as he drilled a two-run home run.
Ohio threatened in the fourth as it loaded the bases with just one out, but were unable to score any runs to reclaim the lead.
In the fifth, Ball State added a little insurance as it scored one run in the fifth thanks to a leadoff home run by Billy Wellman.
The Bobcats would load the bases again in the eighth, but were only able to score one run during the frame as Ohio cut Ball State's lead to 5-4. In ninth, Ohio put the go-ahead runner on first base with one out, but could not capitalize as the Cardinals secured the win.
Ball State starter Scott Baker earned the win after he worked 7.0 innings, struck out five and did not allow an earned run. Teammate T.J. Weir picked up the save after he went 1.1 innings, allowing just two hits.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday for game two of their three-game series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at the Ball Diamond.