May 5, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Sophomore Jake Madsen went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Ohio University baseball team (12-33; 7-14 MAC) to a 4-3 series finale victory over the University at Buffalo Bulls Sunday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Stadium.
"It was good to see us come out with a win today," said head coach Rob Smith. "I was proud of the fact that our guys didn't roll over and quit. I think today's game show a lot about our team's character."
Madsen's (Cincinnati, Ohio) three-hit afternoon was his 22nd multi-hit game of the year. His three-hit game also marked the fifth time this season in which he has tallied three hits in a single game. Freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) also chipped in offensively for the Bobcats as he went 1-for-5 with an RBI and reached base for the 23rd-consecutive game.
"Jake had a great game today," Smith said. "He hit the ball hard all weekend and he finally caught a couple of breaks, so it was good to see some production out of him."
In the Bobcats' last five Sunday games, Madsen and Squires have combine for 19 hits and are batting .478 and .421, respectively. Ohio is 3-2 in its last five Sunday games.
Senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) came on in relief freshman starter Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) and picked up the win to improve to 2-5 on the year.
Although Sitz did not figure into the decision, he did post his second-consecutive quality start as he went 6.1 innings, struck out three and did not allow an earned run. In his last four appearances, Sitz has a 2-1 record with eight strikeouts and a 2.03 earned run average. Three of Sitz's last four outings have been quality starts.
"Connor's (Sitz) progression has been great to see," Sitz said. "He's given us a chance to win in each of the last four outings."
Ohio jumped out to an early lead as it scored two runs in the top half of third inning thanks to an RBI single by Nate Squires and an RBI double by Madsen, which came with two outs in the frame.
Buffalo fought back to tie the game in the fifth as it plated a pair of runs with one hit, but Ohio would re-claim the lead in the seventh inning thanks to a RBI single to right centerfield by sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.), which scored junior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) from second base. White led off the inning after he reached base on an error.
The Bulls would not go away as they evened the count at three apiece in the eighth, but the Bobcats answered in the top half of the ninth as senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) scored from third base following a sacrifice fly to left field by redshirt junior Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas).
In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) came in to slam the door as he retired the Bulls in order to pick up his third save on the year.
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Dayton to take on the Flyers. First pitch is set to begin at 4 p.m.