May 13, 2014
RICHMOND, Ky. - Freshman infielder Connor Callery collected a career-high three hits, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team dropped a hard fought 8-7 decision to Eastern Kentucky Tuesday afternoon at Turkey Hughes Field.
Callery's (Covington, Ky.) also drove in a run and scored a run. His three-hit afternoon marked just the second time this season in which he has recorded multiple hits.
Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio), Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) and Austin Rieman (Hamilton, Ohio) also chipped in with a pair of hits each. Adryan and catcher Anthony Winters (Rosemount, Minn.) led the team with two RBI.
As a team, Ohio outhit Eastern Kentucky 13-9 and in the process marked the 19th time this season the Bobcats have collected 10-or-more hits in a single game.
In addition, the Bobcats' one-run setback marked the sixth time this season Ohio has lost by just one score. Ohio has dropped 18 games this season by three runs or less.
Ohio utilized eight pitchers on the afternoon. Freshman Matt Mikolajczak (New Lenox, Ill.) would ultimately suffer the loss after he worked 0.2 innings and gave up two earned runs.
Senior left-hander Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) started the game, but did not figure into the decision after he worked 1.1 innings, allowed three hits and gave up four runs.
EKU freshman Caleb Johnson earned the win for the Colonels after he worked 3.2 innings, allowing just one earned run.
Ohio jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning and a half, but in the bottom of the second Eastern Kentucky plated five runs on three hits to take a 5-3 advantage.
The Bobcats would come back to even the score at five with solo tallies in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Colonels quickly re-claimed the lead by plating two runs in the bottom half of the fifth to make the count 7-5.
Ohio would not quit as it scored a run in the eighth thanks to an RBI double by Madsen. The Colonels responded again in the bottom half of the eighth with a single tally to push their lead back to two runs, making the count 8-6.
In the ninth, Ohio added another run and put the tying run on second with two outs, but the `Cats were unable even the score as Callery flied out to end the game.
Ohio returns to action on Thursday where it will open up a three-game series with Miami. Game one of the three-game set is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium. Fans can listen to the game live on OhioBobcats.com and WOUB 1340 am. Ryan Boyd will handle the play-by-play.