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Ohio Falls 13-4 in Series Finale to Kent State

Ethan Newton

May 6, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (23-24; 12-9 MAC) dropped its series finale to Kent State by a count of 13-4 Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

Ohio starting pitcher Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) suffered loss on the afternoon after he went 6.2 innings, allowing 12 hits and eight earned runs. The junior captain also struck out four.

Offensively, Ohio was outhit 20-8 and gave up 13 runs - the most it has given up at home at year. Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) and freshmen Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) all collected two hits apiece. Newton did not steal a base and is still looking for his record-breaking 43rd career steal.

Five Kent State players totaled three hits, including shortstop Jimmy Rider as he set the Mid-American Conference all-time record for hits with a single in the first inning.

Kent State loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, but Streich was able to work out of the bases loaded jam and limit the Flashes to just one run in the frame.

Ohio tried to answer in the bottom half of the frame. Newton led off the frame with a single up the middle to extend his on-base streak to 26 games, but would be later thrown out on a steal attempt. The Flashes would then retire the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Kent State added another in the top of the second off the bat of Sawyer Polen, which scored Alex Miklos from second, extending its lead to 2-0.

Following the Flashes' second run of the afternoon, Streich would settle in to retire the next seven batters and appeared to be in control as he went into the fifth inning, but in the fifth the Flashes would add three more runs to take a 5-0 lead.

KSU would extend its lead to 9-0 in the top half of the seventh as it scored four runs on five hits. Ohio fought back in the bottom part of the frame as it put two runners in scoring position with just one out, but could only manage a pair of runs, cutting the Flashes lead to 9-2. Freshman Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Newton both drove in runs in the frame.

In the eighth, Ohio made one last charge as it loaded the bases with no outs, but could only manage to score a pair of runs to make the score 10-4. KSU added a run in the top half of the inning. The Flashes tacked on two more runs in the top half of the ninth to secure the win.

The `Cats are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Xavier for a 4:00 P.M. non-conference matchup.