May 11, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – A clutch single from junior Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas) led the Ohio University baseball team (13-35, 8-14) to a walk-off win over Bowling Green (16-26, 10-12) Saturday in game one of a double header at Bob Wren Stadium.
Geller came in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and delivered the crucial hit in the 10th to give Ohio the important conference win over the Falcons.
The late game heroics were set up by a stellar five innings of scoreless relief from Ohio’s bullpen. After senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) went three and a third innings and struck out three batters, sophomore Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) pitched a scoreless 10th to pick up his first win of the season (1-1).
Senior left hander Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) started the game for the Bobcats and pitched five and a third innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out three. Paliotto has gone at least five innings in every league game he’s pitched this season.
Ohio was led offensively by 3-for-5 performances from senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) and freshman center fielder Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio). The Bobcats combined for 15 hits in the game.
Sophomore left fielder Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) added two hits for Ohio.
Nick Bruns took the loss for the Falcons (3-1) after allowing four hits and one run in an inning of relief. Cody Apthorpe started the game for Bowling Green and gave up three runs and 10 hits in five and two thirds innings.
The Bobcats plated the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning. After Schmidt rocketed a lead-off triple off the left field wall, senior second baseman Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) throttled a single past the Bowling Green shortstop to bring Schmidt around to score.
Otto then stole second base, before advancing to third on a well-placed sacrifice bunt down the third base line by junior right fielder Scott White (Springboro, Ohio). Junior designated hitter Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) then dropped a double down the right field line to score Otto and give the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead.
After allowing just three hits over the first four innings, Paliotto’s scoreless streak came to an end in the top of the fifth inning, as the Falcons rallied to take a 3-2 lead. After a lead-off walk to No. 9 hitter Brian Bien, Paliotto suffered two wild pitches that advanced Bien to third. He scored on a base hit up the middle by Patrick Lancaster.
Lancaster came around on a double to deep center by Jeremy Shay. Clean-up hitter J.P. Losby then singled to score Shay, before being thrown out at second base to end the inning.
The Falcons threatened again in the top of the sixth inning. After an error and a walk put runners on first and second with just one out, Ohio head coach Rob Smith made the call to the bullpen for Barber. Barber allowed a lead-off infield single, before getting the next two Falcons hitters to pop to second base and ground into a fielder’s choice, respectively.
The Bobcats used the momentum to begin a rally of their own in the bottom half of the inning, as singles by Schmidt and White gave Ohio runners at first and second with just one out. Dean struck out on a check swing for the inning’s second out, but Wells came up next and ripped a clutch single to left field to score Schmidt and tie the game at 3-3.
Each team stranded a runner at second in the seventh inning and failed to score in the eighth frame.
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, back-to-back singles from Shay and Losby gave Bowling Green a scoring opportunity. But the Bobcats escaped without allowing a run, as junior third baseman Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio) made a nice play at the hot corner to get Ohio out of the jam.
Przebieda singled to center in the bottom of the ninth and advanced to second on a passed ball by Losby. Alex Corna then pinch ran for Przebieda and advanced to third on a single from Nick Squires. But the Bobcats stranded both runners after consecutive ground outs to first base by Gaertner and Madsen.
Cozart came in for Ohio in the top of the 10th for a key scoreless inning of relief which allowed the Bobcats to the deliver the fatal blow in the bottom half of the frame.
Schmidt led off the inning with a lined single to right field, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Otto. After a walk by White put runners at first and second, Geller roped a double into the gap in left center field to give the Bobcats the walk off win.
With the victory, Ohio improved to 2-3 in extra innings contests this season.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday for game two of the double header at Bob Wren Stadium.
-- GO BOBCATS! --