May 7, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Austin Rieman collected a pair of hits, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team dropped a 6-1 decision to the University of Pittsburgh Wednesday night at Bob Wren Stadium.
Rieman's (Hamilton, Ohio) two hits were the most he has had since his two-hit game at Georgia Southern March 2. In addition to his 2-for-3 night at the plate, Rieman also drove in his first RBI of the year.
Sophomore John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) also chipped in offensively as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Adryan's double extended his hitting streak to nine games. Juniors Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) had their respective 10 and nine-game hitting streaks come to an end. Wells and Black both went 0-for-4.
Fellow junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) did extend his consecutive start streak to 149 games.
Senior Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss and fell to 1-1 on the year. In 3.1 innings of work, Kennedy allowed just one hit, two earned runs and struck out a pair.
The Bobcats kept the Pittsburgh offensive in check over the first three innings as it limited the Panthers without a hit. Pittsburgh broke the scoreless tie in the fourth as it scored two runs on two hits, which knocked Kennedy out of the game.
Pittsburgh struck again two innings later as it scored three runs on three hits and capitalized on one Ohio error in the sixth inning. The Panthers added another run in the seventh to increase their lead to 6-0 and took advantage of another Ohio error. The Bobcats committed three errors on the night, which led to a pair of Pittsburgh runs.
Ohio got on the board in the bottom half of the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Rieman, which drove in Adryan from second. Adryan led off the inning with a double to right center field. Two batters later, Rieman doubled down the right field line, which drove in Adryan from second. Ohio nearly added another run in the frame, which would have cut the Panthers' lead to 6-2, but Rieman was thrown out by Pittsburgh centerfielder Stephen Vranka.
Over the final two innings, Pittsburgh held Ohio without a hit to secure the win.
Pittsburgh starter Luke Curtis picked up the win after he worked 5.0 innings, struck out three and scattered five hits.
Ohio returns to action this weekend as it heads to Bowling Green for the start of a three-game series with the Falcons. Game one of the three-game series is set to begin on Friday at 3:05 p.m.