May 4, 2011
Wednesday's Photo Gallery
ATHENS, Ohio-Ohio third baseman Bryan Barnes hit a sacrifice fly to left in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the host Bobcats to a 5-4 win over Youngstown State Wednesday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.
The Bobcats improved to 20-24 overall, while the Penguins dropped to 11-31.
Right/center fielder Adam Gecewich had two hits for Ohio, as did second baseman Wes O'Neill, who scored the winning run. He also walked three times to reach base in five of his six at-bats. Shortstop Garrett Black also scored twice.
YSU first baseman Jeremy Banks went 3-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs and two runs.
Ohio reliever Ryan Burgett (1-0) took the win, holding the Penguins scoreless for the last three innings, while allowing one hit. Fellow relievers Sean Kennedy and Ben Trimbur also tossed a combined five scoreless innings as well.
YSU reliever Erik Okleson (0-2) took the loss after giving up the last run, an unearned one, in two and one-third innings with one strikeout and three walks. Starter Black Aquadro pitched well, limiting the Bobcats to two runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk in six innings.
The Penguins got on the board in the first inning, but Ohio countered with an RBI groundout to second by Black in the second.
YSU got another in the third, but Ohio tied it again in the fifth with an RBI single to right by left fielder Kory Burkhart.
The two teams traded runs in the eighth, with Ohio's Doug Holmes knotting the game at 3-all after his pinch-hit single through the right side plated Black.
The 10th inning saw both teams score again, as Ohio designated hitter Seth Streich ripped a run-scoring double to left center to plate Black again.
The teams would then battle to the game's conclusion in the 13th inning, some three and a half hours after the 6 p.m. start time.
Ohio left 14 men on base, while YSU stranded nine.
The Bobcats will be back in action this weekend for a three-game series at Buffalo that is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. Fans will be able to follow all three games via a live blog that will appear on the front page of OhioBobcats.com.