May 13, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio baseball team allowed six runs in each of the first three innings as the Bobcats dropped the series finale to Miami 18-4 Sunday afternoon in Bob Wren Stadium.
"That is just baseball," Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "Today we had a bad day but we had good days Friday and Saturday. Anytime you give a team more than three outs in an inning, especially a good team like Miami, it is hard to catch up."
Despite the loss Sunday, Ohio (22-29, 7-17) earned its first series win over Miami (27-20, 14-8) since the 2001 season by taking the first two games of the series. After the Bobcats allowed Miami to score six runs in each of the first three innings, junior Andrew Shisila (Mentor, Ohio) came on and tossed the final 6.2 innings of the contest and allowed just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The 6.2 innings was by far a career-long for Shisila as his previous longest outing was 4.1 innings. He lowered his season ERA from 4.03 to 3.10 in the outing.
"I thought Shisila threw the ball very well today," Carbone said. "Unfortunately it was just too late."
Sophomore Matt Schlarb (Lexington, Ohio) took the loss as he allowed 12 runs in 1.2 innings. None of the 12 runs Schlarb allowed were earned. He fell to 7-3 on the season with the loss.
The Bobcats finished the contest with four runs on eight hits and committed six errors that lead to 13 unearned runs for the RedHawks. Miami posted 18 runs on 15 hits with one error in the win. Freshman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio) went 2-for-5 with two RBI and was the only Bobcat with a multi-hit game. Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk, his 43rd of the season. He is now in sole possession of second place on Ohio's single season walks list, three shy of the Ohio record.
Jeff Day earned the win for Miami to move to 2-2 on the year. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. Brandon Hillier, Jeff Carroll and Blake Chaffee each collected three hits in the win.
Things got ugly for the Bobcats in the top of the first as the RedHawks scored six unanswered runs. Schlarb appeared to be through the inning but a routine popup on the infield was misplayed, allowing a run to score on the error and extend the inning. Miami followed with three RBI hits and a hit batter to take an early 6-0 lead.
The game got even uglier for Ohio in the second with two more Bobcat errors that led to six more unearned runs. Evan Armitage hit a two-run single, Jeff Carroll rapped an RBI single and Blake Chaffee drew a bases loaded walk en route to a 12-0 Miami advantage.
The Bobcats got a run back in the bottom of the second when sophomore Brandon Besl (Cincinnati, Ohio) singled to open the inning and moved to second two batters later on a base hit by sophomore Chris Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.). Junior Zach Hartle (Toledo, Ohio) followed with an RBI single to make the score 12-1.
Miami continued its trend of scoring six runs in the third inning as they collected five singles and a three walks for six more runs and an 18-1 lead. Ohio got a run back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Krauss to score Stiffler, who had walked earlier in the inning.
The two teams were each held scoreless through the next three innings and Ohio got two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Krauss hit his second RBI single of the day and Besl plated a run on a sacrifice fly to make the score 18-4. That would be the final tally for either team as the RedHawks salvaged the series finale.
The Bobcats will be back in MAC action Thursday when they begin a three-game series at Bowling Green. The series will be the final three games for Ohio. Thursday's series opener is set to begin at 3 p.m.