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Ohio Falls 5-1 to Pittsburgh in Rain-Shortened Affair

May 1, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (23-21) dropped a 5-1 rain-shortened decision to Pittsburgh Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium.

Junior starter Tyler Backstrom (Columbus, Ohio) went 4.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, but suffered the loss to drop to 0-4 on the year.

Pittsburgh got on the scoreboard in the top of the first thanks to a triple by Anthony Defabio which brought in lead-off hitter Stephen Vranka home from first. Defabio would come into score after Rick Devereaux grounded out to first base.

Ohio attempted to counter in the bottom of the first as it put a pair of runners on base after back-to-back singles from freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) but were not able to answer the Panthers.

Pittsburgh threatened again in the top of the second, but sophomore shortstop Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) turned a double play and first-baseman Madsen caught a line drive to get the `Cats out of the inning.

Ohio had runners on the corners in the bottom of the second after senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch and on to third on a sacrifice play by redshirt junior J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio). With the walk, Painter has now reached base in 44-consecutive games. Black reached after an errant throw by the Panthers that kept the inning alive but Ohio again came up empty.

The Bobcats got on the board in the fourth following an RBI single by senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.), which singled Painter home for his 31st RBI of the season. With his hit, Newton extended his hitting streak to seven straight games.

The Panthers answered Ohio's run in the fourth with three in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead it would not relinquish. Defabio highlighted the frame with his fourth home run of the year.

Following a scoreless sixth, the contest was ruled as an official game and was called due to poor weather conditions in the area.

Next up for Ohio is a three-game series with Kent State. The `Cats trail the Golden Flashes by just three games in the MAC standings.