May 6, 2008
ATHENS, Ohio -
The Ohio baseball team blasted four home runs and had five players post multi-hit games, en route to a 13-9 victory against Otterbein College at Bob Wren Stadium Tuesday evening. Ohio ends a seven-game losing streak with the victory and improves to 21-27 on the season. Otterbein drops to 25-13 with the loss.
Sophomore Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio), junior Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman Gauntlett Eldemire (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and freshman Zach Keen (Beavercreek, Ohio) all homered in the game to give Ohio its first double-digit run total in 10 games.
Ohio took an early 8-0 lead through three innings and then led 13-5 heading into the top of the ninth inning before Otterbein brought four runs across the plate for the final score of 13-9.
Eldemire had an excellent night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI and two runs scored. Along with his home run, Eldemire also had a single and a double to come just a triple shy of the cycle. Keen went 2-for-3 with his second home run of the season, three RBI and one run scored. Besl was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and freshmen Robert Maddox III (Euclid, Ohio) and Trace Voshell (Batavia, Ohio) each had two hits.
Junior left-hander Zach Fairbanks (Martins Ferry, Ohio) earned the victory on the hill for Ohio to improve to 2-2 on the year. Fairbanks worked 7.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one.
The Bobcats jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run shot by Besl and an RBI-single by Keen to take a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, after the first two Ohio batters were retired, the Bobcats strung together three-straight hits to score two runs and extend the lead to 5-0. Keen then capped the inning with a three-run homer to give Ohio an 8-0 lead.
Otterbein finally got on the board in the fourth inning with a solo-shot by Brian Hiscox, and the Cardinals then added three runs on five hits in the top of the sixth inning to trim the deficit to 8-4.
Eldemire responded in the bottom half of the sixth inning with a three-run blast over the center field wall, his fourth of the season, giving Ohio an 11-4 cushion.
After Otterbein notched one run in the top of the seventh inning, Krauss hit his sixth home run of the year over the right field wall in the bottom half of the inning, scoring sophomore Jeremie Rehak (Pittsburgh, Pa.), to push the score to 13-5.
Otterbein connected on seven hits and scored four runs in the top of the ninth, to trim the margin to 13-9, before junior right-hander Matt Schlarb (Lexington, Ohio) came on in relief to get the final two outs and end the threat.
The Bobcats connected on 13 hits for the game, while Otterbein totaled 17.
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday on the road at Dayton. First pitch for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m.