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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Ethan Newton
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Ethan Newton
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

May 5, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (23-23) dropped a pair of games to Kent State Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium, falling 4-1 in the suspended game from Friday night and 8-1 game two.

Seniors Brent Choban and Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) both suffered losses as they fell to 6-4 and 4-3 in games one and two, respectively. Choban went 6.0 innings, struck out four and allowed just one earned run. In 2012, Choban has not gone fewer than 6.0 innings this season. Moulton's afternoon included 7.0 innings of work where he allowed 10 hits and two earned runs.

Offensively for the Bobcats, sophomore Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) led the way with four hits over the two-game stretch. Freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) also chipped in with a pair of hits in the first game, but was held hitless in the second game.

Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) was held without a hit and did not get on base in game one for the first time since May 7, 2011 - a span of 52-consecutive games.

In game one, which was started Friday night, but was suspended until Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., the Bobcats fell behind early as Kent State scored three runs through two innings. In the fifth, Ohio loaded the bases, but was only able to manage one run. Freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) was hit by a pitch which allowed sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) to score from third base.

From the sixth inning on, Ohio was only able to manage one hit as the Golden Flashes went on to secure the win after it added a run in the top half of the ninth inning.

In game two, Kent State jump took the lead and never looked back as it plated two runs in the top of third to take a 2-0 lead. Ohio countered with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI single up the middle by Black, which allowed White to score from third base.

The game remained close for the next four innings as Moulton allowed just three hits during that stretch as Ohio remained just one run behind Kent State.

In the eighth inning, Kent State plated three runs on four hits to take a 5-1 lead. It would then break the game open in the ninth with three more runs to extend its lead to 8-1.

Ohio and Kent State conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium. The game-three matchup on the mound will feature Ohio junior captain Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) against Kent State's Tyler Skulina.