ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (13-36, 8-15 MAC) could not take advantage of a superb start from freshman right-hander Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio), dropping the second game of Saturday's doubleheader to the Bowling Green Falcons, 7-2, in 10 innings at Bob Wren Stadium.
Sitz posted the fourth quality start in his past five outings, allowing just one earned run and five hits in seven and two thirds innings. He left the game with the score tied 2-2, but Bowling Green (17-26, 11-12 MAC) won the game with a five-run frame in the top of the 10th inning.
After picking up the win in game one of today's double header, freshman Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) took the loss for the Bobcats. In two innings of work, Cozart gave up five runs, although just two were earned.
Mike Frank earned the complete game win for Bowling Green (4-7) after going the full 10 innings, allowing just two runs and four hits while striking out four.
Sophomore left fielder Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) went two-for-four and scored a run to lead Ohio offensively, while sophomore first baseman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior catcher Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) each added a hit and an RBI for the `Cats.
Bowling Green took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after starting the game with back-to-back singles from Matt Pitzulo and T.J. Losby. After a sacrifice bunt from No. 3 hitter Patrick Lancaster, Pitzulo scored from third on a sacrifice fly from clean-up hitter Jeremy Shay.
Ohio evened the score in the bottom of the third after back-to-back hits to lead off the frame. After a double to left-center field from Wells, Dean put together a strong nine-pitch at bat before rifling a single into left field to drive in the run.
After Bowling Green's two-hit first inning, Sitz retired 15 of the next 17 batters in a strong four innings of work.
However, the Bobcats could not take advantage and grab the lead, as the team went down in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Falcons threatened again in the top of the sixth inning, with runners on first and second with one out in the frame. After a pop out from Falcons left fielder Jake Thomas, Bowling Green took the lead (2-1) on an RBI single from second baseman Brandon Howard.
Ohio manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning to knot the score at two. After No. 9 hitter Brad Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio) drew a lead-off walk, the junior advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman center fielder Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and made it to third after a ground out to the right side by sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa). Przebieda came around to score after Madsen hit a sharp single past the Falcons' second baseman and into right field.
Neither team could muster a run in the seventh and eighth innings, but the Falcons threatened in the top of the ninth after Howard singled, then advanced to third on a pair of put outs. But Przebieda made a nice play on a hard grounder to third base to get Ohio out of the inning.
After the Bobcats failed to score in the bottom half of the ninth, Bowling Green loaded the bases on three singles in the 10th and took a 3-2 lead on a single from Howard. The Falcons added four more runs in the inning to increase the advantage to 7-2, and Ohio could not score in the bottom half of the frame.
Howard finished the game with three hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Falcons.
Ohio wraps up the series with the Falcons Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.