April 29, 2012
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Freshman Tyler Wells went 3-for-5 with a home run, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (23-20; 12-6 MAC) dropped an 8-7 decision to Bowling Green in game two of its doubleheader at Steller Field.
Ohio has lost eight games this season by just one run, while in league play the Bobcats' six losses have come by a combined total of just nine runs. The Bobcats' 2-1 series loss to Bowling Green was its first series loss since Toledo took two of three from Ohio back on March 23-25.
Wells (Lexington, Ky.) drove in three runs and scored a run, finishing the doubleheader by going 6-for-11 with a double, a home run and three runs scored.
Seniors Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) and Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) also chipped in offensively as they combined to drive in three runs apiece. Painter finished the afternoon, going 1-for-4 and got on base for the 43rd-consecutive game.
Junior captain Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) worked 5.0 innings, struck out five, scattered seven hits, allowed four earned runs, but did not figure into the decision. Bowling Green's Nick Bruns picked up the win defeating Ohio sophomore Tyler Stage (Grove City, Ohio).
The Bobcats trailed 5-1 through five innings, but charged back thanks to five-run seventh inning to take a 6-5 lead through six and half innings of play. Wells highlighted the frame with a three-run home run over the left field wall with two-outs. Ohio finished the frame with four hits and capitalized on one BGSU error.
Following a scoreless bottom half of the seventh, Ohio went into the eighth with a one run lead, but it would last into the ninth as the Falcons plated two runs on one hit to reclaim the lead at 7-6.
The Bobcats would not quit as they scored a run in the ninth to tie the game at seven thanks to an RBI single by Newton, which scored freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) from second.
Bowling Green responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame as sophomore catcher Fred Sharp scored on a wild pitch by Stage.
Ohio lost just its second game of the year this season after leading for seven innings.
The Bobcats return to the diamond on Tuesday against Pittsburgh for the start of a four-game homestand at Bob Wren Stadium. The first pitch between Ohio and Pitt is set for 6 p.m.