May 3, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Junior Taylor Emody went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team dropped a 10-7 decision to the University of Buffalo Saturday night at Bob Wren Stadium.
Emody's (Milan, Ohio) was one of three Bobcats that collected a pair of hits Saturday night. Juniors Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) joined Emody with two hits. Black also scored a pair of runs, while Madsen made his 147th-consecutive start.
Teammates Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas) and Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in offensively as they tallied a hit and an RBI. Wells tied a career-best nine-game hitting streak.
Ohio collected 10 hits in a game that featured four lead changes. The Bobcats' three-run setback marked the 16th time this season in which they have lost by three-runs or less.
Freshman Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) did not figure into the decision after he went 4.1 innings and gave up six earned runs. Sophomore Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss after he came on in relief of Rudnicki. Buffalo reliever Mike Kaelin earned the win after he allowed just one earned run.
Rudnicki came out firing as he struck out the side in the top half of the first inning.
Ohio wasted little time getting on the board as it scored three runs on two hits in the first inning. Emody highlighted the frame with a single into right field, which drove in Madsen and Black.
Buffalo responded with a run in the second, but Ohio added two more runs in the bottom half of the frame to extend its lead to 5-1. Ohio collected a pair of two-out hits courtesy of Black and Geller.
The Bulls began to chip away at the Bobcats four-run lead as it scored two in the third, one in the fourth and would go on to take a 6-5 lead in the fifth. Ohio evened the score in the bottom half of the fifth, but left the bases loaded to end the inning. The Bobcats left 10 runners on base throughout the game.
Ohio reclaimed the lead in the sixth thanks to an RBI single by Wells, which scored Geller from second.
In the final three innings, Buffalo outscored Ohio 4-0 and outhit the Bobcats 5-2. UB closer Cory Folk earned the save after he recorded the final two outs of the game.
Ohio and Buffalo will conclude its three-game series Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and can be heard live on WOUB 1340 am.