April 29, 2007
KENT, Ohio - The Ohio baseball team managed just three hits and was forced to go to the bullpen in the first inning as the Bobcats suffered a 16-1 defeat at the hands of Kent State Sunday in Schoonover Stadium. The loss finished off a three-game sweep for Kent.
"We have to give Kent State credit," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "They swung the bats well today and they pitched well. We could not get ahead of the hitters and we walked too many hitters."
The Bobcats (15-26, 3-15) fell to 0-9 in Mid-American Conference road contests and tallied their only run in the third inning. Ohio finished with one run on three hits with two errors while the Flashes (20-23, 11-7) posted 16 runs on 18 hits with one error.
The Bobcats were forced to start junior Andrew Shisila (Mentor, Ohio) in an emergency role as senior Zeke Isaacs (West Carrollton, Ohio) and junior Matt Smith (Centre Hall, Pa.) were both unavailable. Shisila took the loss for the Bobcats in the start, his first of the season. He lasted just one-third of an inning and allowed two hits and two walks for a total of four earned runs. Ohio used five different pitchers in the game, all of whom allowed at least one earned run.
The Bobcats finished with just three singles in the contest. Freshman Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.), junior Zach Hartle (Toledo, Ohio) and senior J.T. Osburn (Warrenton, Va.) each collected one hit. Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) tallied Ohio's only RBI in the game.
Chris Carpenter earned the win for the Flashed with five solid innings. He allowed just one run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Three Kent State relievers combined to throw four scoreless frames after Carpenter's exit. Andrew Davis had a huge day at the plate as he went 5-for-6 with a home run, five RBI and four runs scored. Greg Rohan finished 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI.
The Flashes hung a crooked number on the Bobcats in the first inning and chased Shisila from the game after the Bobcat right-hander recorded just one out. Shisila walked the first two batters he faced before allowing an RBI single to Davis and an RBI groundout to Anthony Gallas. Rohan followed with a two-run home run and Carbone went to the bullpen after just one-third of an inning. Sophomore Zach Elmer (Delaware, Ohio) came on and worked around a walk and an error but Kent State had already jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
The Bobcats got a run back in the top of the third when Hartle singled to open the inning and then took both second and third base on a wild pitch. Stiffler brought Hartle home with an RBI groundout to make the Ohio deficit 4-1, but it was the last time Ohio would get on the board.
Rohan answered the Bobcat run with a solo home run in the bottom of the third. The long ball was Rohan's second of the day and once again gave Kent State a four-run advantage at 5-1.
The Flashes poured it on in the fourth inning as they scored five times on five hits and a walk. Davis rapped a two-run double in the inning and Doug Sanders and Jason Patton each collected RBIs. The Flashes also scored a run on a wild pitch for a 10-1 lead.
Kent State added three more in the fifth for a 13-1 advantage. Davis hit a two-run shot in the inning. The Flashes added single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings for a 16-1 lead.
While the Flashes were putting up the runs, Ohio was struggling at the plate. After a walk by sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the fourth inning, the Bobcats did not get a single baserunner until a two-out single in the ninth inning by Osburn. Besl reached on an error after Osburn's single and senior Jon Vondrell (Centerville, Ohio) was hit by a pitch, but the runners were left stranded in the 16-1 loss.
The Bobcats continue their eight-game road trip Tuesday when they head to Cleveland for a 5 p.m. match up with Cleveland State. Ohio defeated Cleveland State 9-6 on March 6.