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Ohio Splits Doubleheader with Ball State

Dan Schmidt

April 27, 2013

Box Score - Game One | Box Score - Game Two |

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ohio University baseball team (11-31; 6-12 MAC) split a pair of games at Ball State Saturday afternoon at the Ball Diamond, dropping game one 7-3, but rebounded in the finale, defeating the Cardinals 13-10 in game two.

Ball State 7, Ohio 3 - Game One
The Cardinals jumped out to the early lead as they scored one run on two hits, but the Bobcats responded in the top half of the second thanks to an RBI single to left centerfield by sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.), which scored junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio).

Ball State re-claimed the lead as it went on to score one run in the bottom half of the second and one in the third to take a 3-1 advantage.

Ohio threatened in the fifth as it put a pair of runners in scoring position with one out, but were unable to cut into the Cardinals' lead.

Ball State would go on to score four runs on four hits in the sixth to take a 7-1 lead. Ohio scored one run in both the eighth and ninth innings, but it would not be enough.

Offensively, Ohio outhit Ball State 10-9. Sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and Wells led the way individually for the Bobcats as they tallied three and two hits, respectively. Wells' two-hit afternoon gave him 100 hits for his career.

Senior lefty Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss for Ohio and dropped to 2-7 on the year. He went 5.1 innings and struck out three on the afternoon.

Ohio 13, Ball State 10 - Game Two
Ohio pounded out a season-best 20 hits in game two en route to earning a game two victory over the Cardinals. Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) each collected four hits to lead the Bobcats offensively.

Gaertner and freshmen Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) also collected three hits. Squires has now reached base in 20-consecutive games.

Freshman starting pitcher Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) worked 6.0 innings, struck out three and allowed just two earned runs to pick up the win as he improved to 2-6 on the year.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead on the Cardinals in the second game as it plated three runs on three hits. Senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) highlighted the frame for Ohio as he drilled a two-run home run. Schmidt's round-tripper was his team-best fifth on the year.

Ball State responded in the bottom of the frame by scoring three runs to even the score at three apiece. The Bobcats quickly re-claimed the lead in the second as they scored one run on three hits. Madsen highlighted the frame with an RBI single.

Ohio went on to score one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to open up its lead to 8-3 at the end of the seven innings.

In the eighth inning, Ohio scored four runs to take a 12-3 lead. Nate Squires, Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and Dean each tallied RBI for the Bobcats.

Ball State would storm back with seven runs in the final two innings, but it was not enough as the Bobcats secured the win.