May 1, 2007
CLEVELAND - Dan Weiss struck out a career-high seven hitters in five scoreless innings and the Bobcats collected 10 hits as the Ohio baseball team claimed an 8-0 win over Cleveland State Tuesday in a game that was called due to lightning in the sixth inning.
"I thought that was the best (Weiss) has thrown all year," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "He had good velocity and he was throwing strikes. He located his fastball real well and worked himself out of a jam with the bases loaded one inning. He threw the ball very well."
Ohio (16-26) snapped a three-game losing skid with the win and already had two runs across in the sixth inning when the game was called with two outs. The win was just the second road victory of the season for the Bobcats, who improve to 2-16 away from home. Cleveland State (10-31) dropped its fifth consecutive contest with the loss. The Bobcats finished with eight runs on 10 hits and no errors in the win while CSU was held scoreless on four hits with five errors.
Weiss (Cincinnati, Ohio) entered the contest with a 7.27 ERA but held the Vikings scoreless to pick up his first win since a March 11 victory over Butler. He struck out a career-high seven hitters despite the contest being called before he could head back to the mound in the bottom of the sixth. Weiss allowed four hits and two walks to move to 3-5 on the season.
"Hopefully he can throw the ball like this for us the rest of the year," Carbone said.
Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) paced the Bobcat's offensive attack as he finished 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Chris Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI. Freshman Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 with three runs scored. Junior Zach Hartle (Toledo, Ohio) also had a big day as he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. The Bobcats were playing without injured first baseman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio), who leads the team in several offensive categories.
"Rehak got on base for us and Stiffler and Klimko both swung the bat well today," Carbone said. "Hartle also swung the bat well and did a good job of getting on base for us. We are playing without (Marc) Krauss so we don't have the pop in the lineup that we normally do."
Jeremy Hartman took the loss for the Vikings to fall to 0-3 on the season. He allowed six runs, only three of them earned, on six hits in 4.2 innings pitched. Bobby Cash picked up two of Cleveland State's four hits in the loss.
The Bobcats got on the board in the opening frame with an unearned run. Rehak walked to start the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout. He then came around to score when sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) reached on a Cleveland State error.
Weiss worked effortlessly through the first two innings and escaped a bases loaded jam in the third to maintain Ohio's lead. The Bobcats made it 2-0 in the fourth with another unearned run. Stiffler singled and moved to second when Besl drew a walk. Klimko was then called on to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but the Vikings committed another error that allowed Klimko to reach and Stiffler to score. The Bobcats had men on second and third with nobody out but could not add to their lead.
Ohio poured it on the fifth inning with the help of some more shaky defense. Hartle doubled to start the inning and came around to score when Rehak reached on a Viking error. Rehak moved to third when senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) reached on another error while attempting a sacrifice bunt. Stiffler then laced an RBI single to score Rehak and Klimko came through with the big hit, a two-run double, to give Ohio a 6-0 lead.
Weiss worked around two hits in the bottom of the fifth and Ohio tacked on two more runs in the sixth before the game was called with two away. Hartle singled and scored later in the inning on another Viking error and Stiffler slammed an RBI triple, his fifth of the season, to finish the scoring at 8-0. With lightning filling the sky, the umpires made the decision to call the game for safety reasons.
The Bobcats will look to make it back-to-back road wins Wednesday when Ohio travels to Pittsburgh for a 6 p.m. first pitch against the Panthers.