May 8, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Senior Jensen Painter hit a home run and drove in a pair of RBI, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (23-25) dropped a 9-4 decision to Xavier Tuesday afternoon at Hayden Field.
Painter's (Willshire, Ohio) home run was his team-leading 12th on the year. He also drove in his team-leading 38th and 39th RBI of the year.
Junior lefty Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) got the start for the Bobcats and went 3.0 innings, allowing five earned runs in a losing effort as he fell to 2-2 on the year. Paliotto's start was his first of the year and his first three years.
Xavier starter Scott Klever picked up the win for the Musketeers as he went 5.0 innings allowed a pair of hits and struck a pair.
The Musketeers jumped on the Bobcats early as they plated five runs on six hits to take a 5-0 lead. Xavier struck again in the third as it scored two more runs to take a 7-0 lead.
Offensively, Ohio was held in check in the early innings. The Bobcats did not tally their first hit until the top half of the fourth. In the same inning, Ohio scored a pair of runs thanks to a two-run blast by Painter over the left field wall that landed on Victory Parkway behind Hayden Field, which made the count 7-2.
Painter's two-run home run home run also plated freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) from first base. Madsen got on base after he singled up the middle. Madsen has collected a in 36 of his last 42 games. He also leads the team with 66 hits on the year.
Xavier answer with a run of its own in the bottom of half of the inning. XU would go on to add another run in the sixth to make the count 9-2.
Ohio loaded the bases with just one out in the eighth, but was held to just two runs in the frame. In the ninth, Ohio was held scoreless as Xavier went on to secure the win.
The Bobcats return to action this weekend for a pivotal three-game series with Akron. Game one of the three-game series is set for Friday at 3 p.m. Fans can listen to the game for free on OhioBobcats.com.