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Baseball Edges Miami Late, 5-4

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Chris Klimko drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning Saturday.
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Chris Klimko drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning Saturday.
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May 12, 2007

Box Score

ATHENS, Ohio - Kevin Mementowski allowed just two earned runs in 6.2 innings and Chris Klimko hit a game-winning, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Ohio baseball team a 5-4 win against Miami Saturday at Bob Wren Stadium.

Coupled with Ohio's victory Friday against the RedHawks, the Bobcats have won their first season series against Miami since taking two of three during the 2002 season. Ohio (22-28, 7-16) has now won seven of its last nine games and has recorded at least 10 hits in each of those contests. The Bobcats finished with five runs on 10 hits with one error while Miami (26-20, 13-8) posted four runs on 10 hits and did not commit an error. The RedHawks entered the weekend in first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division.

Mementowski (Parma, Ohio) pitched well but did not receive a decision. He scattered 10 hits in 6.2 innings and allowed four runs, only two of them earned. He struck out six hitters and walked two. Junior John Angelicchi (Woodmere, Ohio) pitched the final 2.1 innings and did not allow a single baserunner in earning his first win of the season to move to 1-1.

"Angelicchi is a guy we like to go to (in close games)," Carbone said. "He is going to give you his best shot."

Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) came up with the big hit as he found the outfield grass in the bottom of the eighth inning for the game-winning hit to break open a 4-4 game. Freshman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-3 day and two RBI.

"Willie has been swinging a hot bat lately," Carbone said. "He has been great for us."

Senior Bryant Witt (Powell, Ohio) was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) was 1-for-3 with a walk, his 42nd of the season, and is now tied with Scott Buehler for second place on Ohio's single season walks list.

Connor Graham pitched into the eighth inning for Miami but took the loss to fall to 5-4 on the year. He allowed five runs on nine hits in seven innings with six strikeouts. Jeff Carroll finished 3-fo-4 with two RBI for Miami in the loss.

Each pitcher breezed through the first inning but the RedHawks got to Mementowski for two runs in the second. Carroll tallied an RBI single and Blake Chaffee followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Miami lead. The RedHawks extended the lead with two more runs in the third. Dan Leonard and Carroll had back-to-back RBI singles with two outs for a 4-0 Miami advantage.

The Bobcats evened the scoreboard in the bottom of the third as they tallied four runs on four hits in the inning. Witt started the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Stiffler drew a walk, senior J.T. Osburn (Warrenton, Va.) laced an RBI single to get Ohio on the board. Krauss followed with an RBI single of his own and sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Walker followed with a single just over the first baseman's head to drive in two runs and tie the game.

Both pitchers settled down after the third inning and held their opponents scoreless until the eighth. The RedHawks finally chased Mementowski from the game in the seventh, when Carbone went to Angelicchi after a single and a hit batter. Angelicchi escaped the two-out jam with a groundout to keep the score tied.

The Bobcats finally broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth. Graham stayed in the game to start the inning on the mound but Krauss and Besl greeted him with back-to-back singles and Miami went to the bullpen. After a flyout and another pitching change, Klimko rapped a single through the right side of a drawn in infield to give Ohio a 5-4 lead.

Angelicchi did the rest as he retired the RedHawks in order in the ninth to finish off the 5-4 win and give Ohio its first series victory over Miami since the 2002 season.

The Bobcats will go for the sweep Sunday when they host Miami for the 2007 home finale at 1 p.m. in Bob Wren Stadium. Sophomore Matt Schlarb (Lexington, Ohio) will take the mound for Ohio against right-hander Jeff Day.