May 8, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Senior Ben Otto led the Ohio University baseball team (12-35) offensively as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and scored two runs, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped a hard-fought 6-5 decision to No. 17 Pittsburgh.
Otto's (Menomonie, Wis.) two RBI were his 20th and 21st on the year. Ohio now has five players with 20-RBI-or-more. He also picked up his eighth two-hit game of the year. Otto has also reached base in each of his last 17 games.
Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) also chipped in offensively as they each tallied two hits apiece. Sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) each drove in a run. However, Squires was held off the base paths for the first time in 24 games.
Junior Brad Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio) suffered the loss after he went 1.2 innings and allowed two earned runs. Freshman Nick Plys (Parma, Ohio) got the start, went 4.0 innings, struck out four, but did not figure into the decision.
Pitt jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as it scored a pair of runs on two hits. Ohio responded two innings later as it cut the Panthers' lead in half after sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came into score from third after Nate Squires grounded out to shortstop. Nikithser got on base after he led off the inning with a double to left field.
The Panthers added two more runs in the fourth thanks to a pair of hits to push their lead to 4-1. Ohio would then go on to cut Pitt's lead in half once again as it plated one run in the fifth thanks to an RBI by Wells, which allowed Otto to score from third.
In the bottom half of the frame, Pitt added another run to make the count 5-2. In the top of the sixth, Ohio evened the score at five as it scored three runs on four hits.
Madsen got things going as he tallied his team-best 17th double. Schmidt followed with a single into right field. Two batters later, Otto came up and laced a two-out single into left field. Freshman John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) came up next and gave the Bobcats their third run of the frame as he singled into left field.
Pitt responded in the bottom half of the inning as it scored one run in the bottom half of the inning to take a 6-5 lead. Ohio was held to just one hit for the final three innings as the Panthers secured the win.
Ohio returns to action on Friday as it opens up a three-game series against Bowling Green. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium.