April 28, 2007
KENT, Ohio - Junior Matt Stiffler drew three walks and moved into a 10th place tie on Ohio's single season walks list but the Ohio baseball team stranded 12 runners on base in a 6-1 loss at Kent State Saturday in Schoonover Stadium.
"We left a lot of men on base," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "We just could not get someone to get us a base hit when we had men on base. We are just taking too many pitches and not being aggressive."
Ohio (15-25, 3-14) left at least one man on base in each of the first six innings as all 12 of the Bobcats' stranded runners came in the first six frames. Kent State (19-23, 10-7) faced the minimum amount of Bobcat hitters over the final three innings with the help of two double plays. The Bobcats left the bases loaded in three different innings.
"I have to give Kent State's pitchers credit," Carbone said. "They made some good pitches to get out of jams. They pitched their way out of trouble."
The Flashes owned the hits column as they rapped out 14 hits to Ohio's six. The Bobcats committed the game's only error.
Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) finished 1-for-2 at the plate and drew three walks to bump his Mid-American Conference leading tally to 37. The total ties him with Jason Arbinger for 10th place on Ohio's single season walks list. Arbinger collected 37 walks for the 1997 Bobcats. Stiffler will tie Bobcat legend Mike Schmidt for ninth place on the single season walks list with his next bases on balls. Matt Engleka holds Ohio's single season walks record with 46.
Freshman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio) went 1-for-3 in the loss with a pair of walks. Krauss is second in the MAC with 28 walks, behind only Stiffler's 37. Sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 1-for-4 and drove in Ohio's only run while sophomore Chris Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Sophomore Kevin Mementowski (Parma, Ohio) took the loss to fall to 2-2 on the season. He allowed eight hits and four earned runs in
4.1 innings while recording one strikeout and one walk. Junior John Angelicchi (Woodmere, Ohio) tossed 0.2 perfect innings.
"I thought (Mementowski) threw the ball well," Carbone said. "We did not get a double play that we should have at one point and he had to stay out there longer."
Dominique Rodgers earned the win for the Golden Flashes as he allowed two hits in three innings of relief. Starter Kyle Smith allowed just one run in four innings pitched. Anthony Gallas went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored while Brad Winter had another big day as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Bobcats plated their only run of the contest in the top of the first for an early 1-0 lead. Stiffler drew his first of three walks in the game to open the contest and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.). A single by Krauss moved Stiffler to third before Besl singled him home. The Bobcats loaded the bases later in the inning but left all three runners stranded.
Ohio put two runners aboard in the second inning with just one out but again left the runners stranded. The Flashes tied the game in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Winter.
Ohio loaded the bases on three walks in the fourth inning but again left the bases packed at the end of the frame. Mementowski skated around six hits in the first four innings and allowed just the one run, but things fell apart for the Bobcat right-hander in the fifth inning as Kent put up four runs for a 5-1 lead. The Flashes collected three hits and two walks in the frame to chase Mementowski from the contest. Greg Rohan, Gallas and Winter each collected an RBI in the inning and the Flashes scored one run on a wild pitch.
The Bobcats had a chance to answer the four-run outburst in the top of the sixth as they again loaded the bases. Like the first two times, however, Ohio stranded all three runners to walk away from the frame empty handed. The Bobcats did not get anything going at the plate in the final three innings and dropped game two of the series by a score of 6-1.
Ohio will look to salvage the series finale Sunday when the two teams square off at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on WATH 970 AM or online at ohiobobcats.com.