April 26, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Redshirt junior Garrett Black's bases loaded single propelled the Ohio University baseball team a 7-6 victory (10 innings) over Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
Freshman Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio) led the way offensively as he collected career highs with four hits and three runs scored.
"It feels good to win two in a row for the first time this year, and obviously our first series" said head coach Rob Smith. "I'm really proud of our guys and the effort they gave. I'm just really happy for them to be able to pull one out."
Sophomore John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) and junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) also chipped in as they combined for five hits. Adryan collected two hits and three RBI, while Madsen posted three hits.
Madsen's three-hit afternoon gave him 200 hits for his career. In addition, Madsen made his 144th career start.
Freshman starting pitcher Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) worked 5.2 innings, but did not factor into the decision. The right-hander allowed just three runs on nine hits. He also collected four strikeouts.
Fellow freshman Corey Wells (Lexington, Ky.) came out of the bullpen and worked a scoreless 10th inning to pick up his second win of the season.
Black sparked the `Cats offense in the bottom of the third with a lead off double to the center field wall. He crossed the plate just two batters later after freshman Tyler Finkler (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) hit a sacrifice fly to give Ohio a 1-0 lead.
Eastern Michigan tied the game in the fourth, but the `Cats quickly regained the lead after junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit a leadoff double to center field. He then came around to score following a single up the middle by junior Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio).
Ohio extended its lead in the top of the fifth as they scored four runs on four hits. Finkler collected his second RBI of the game with a bunt single down the first base line to start the scoring. Adryan highlighted the inning with a bases loaded triple off the center field wall to put the `Cats ahead 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
The Eagles chipped away little by little, scoring two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth. They tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-run single to send the game into extra innings.
In the extra frame, Black (Lima, Ohio) came through for the `Cats with a single to left field to drive in the game winning, walk-off run.
"It's a positive sign that our guys are able to stick with the game and show poise and maturity," Smith said. "When things go south, they're able to hang in there and still find a way to win. I think that's a really good sign."
The Bobcats return to action Sunday afternoon as they look to complete their first series sweep of the year. First pitch is set to begin at 1 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium. Fans can listen live on WOUB 1340 am or follow along on ohiobobcats.com.