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Hot Start Not Enough For @Ohio_Baseball In Loss At Western Michigan

Junior left fielder Mitch Longo hit his second home run of the 2016 season -- a three-run shot in the top of the first inning -- but the Ohio baseball team took a 14-7 loss to MAC West Division foe Western Michigan on Saturday (May 14) in the second contest of the three-game weekend set at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field in Kalamazoo, Mich.
May 14, 2016

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FINAL: Western Michigan 14, Ohio 7 -- Kalamazoo, Mich. (Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field)

OHIO STARTERS: Manny De Jesus (CF), Ty Black (2B), Mitch Longo (LF), Rudy Rott (1B), Cody Gaertner (C), Spencer Ibarra (RF), John Adryan (3B), Nate Squires (DH), Tyler Finkler (SS), Jake Rudnicki (P)

WESTERN MICHIGAN STARTERS: Nick Vogelmeier (2B), Connor Smith (SS), Grant Miller (3B), Hunter Prince (1B), Jesse Forestell (LF), Alex Goodwin (RF), Mitchell Ho (C), Evan Nelson DH, Nate Grys (CF), Pa Haynes (P)

THE BASICS
Despite jumping out to an early five-run lead, the Ohio baseball team (21-27, 6-14 MAC) took a 14-7 loss to Mid-American Conference West Division foe Western Michigan (17-28, 10-10 MAC) on Saturday (May 14) in the second contest of the three-game weekend set at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Broncos clinched the weekend series after posting a 6-0 victory in the opener on Friday (May 13). The loss means the Bobcats will need to win their last four games to have a shot at qualifying for the 2016 MAC Championship, which will which be held May 25-29 at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Freshman first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored to lead the Bobcats at the plate.
• Junior second baseman Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio) collected two singles and scored a run.
• Junior right-handed starting pitcher Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) allowed seven runs -- six of which were earned -- on five hits and three walks while striking out one in two frames of work. He took the loss for Ohio, dropping to 4-3 on the year.
• Junior right-handed reliever Tom Colletti (Wheaton, Ill.) threw 2.1 innings, giving up four runs -- two of which were earned -- on four hits and a walk. He fanned one.
• Redshirt sophomore southpaw Gerry Salisbuy (Brunswick, Ohio) struck out three in 2.2 frames of relief. He permitted three earned runs on four hits.
• Junior righty Christian Botter (Toronto, Ontario) gave up a hit and walked one in one scoreless inning of relief.
• Senior first baseman Hunter Prince finished with a single, a double and a triple, drove in three runs and scored three more to lead Western Michigan's bats.
• Junior right fielder Alex Goodwin finished 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored for the Broncos.
• Freshman shortstop Connor Smith tallied two singles, drove in two runs and scored another for Western Michigan.
• Freshman left fielder Jesse Forestell went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Broncos.
• Junior third baseman Grant Miller finished 1-for-2 with four walks, an RBI and two runs scored for Western Michigan.
• Senior right-handed starting pitcher Pat Haynes surrendered five runs -- four of which were earned -- on four hits and a walk in one inning on the mound for the Broncos.
• Sophomore lefty Tanner Allison gave up one earned run on one hit and three walks over three innings of relief for Western Michigan. He struck out three.
• Junior right-hander Kyle Mallwitz allowed one earned run on three hits. He fanned one in one inning of relief for the Broncos.
• Sophomore southpaw reliever Jacob Piechota earned the win on the mound for Western Michigan, improving to 9-5 on the season. He tallied three strikeouts in four innings of relief while permitting two hits and a walk.
• The Bobcats got off to a hot start, plating five runs on four hits and a Western Michigan error in the top of the first inning. Senior center fielder Manny De Jesus (Caguas, Puerto Rico) got the big inning started with a leadoff single to right. Black followed by reaching on a fielding error by the Broncos. That set the table for a three-run home run to right field by sophomore left fielder Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) -- his second home run of the season. Rott then singled up the middle and scored on a double to right center by redshirt senior catcher Cody Gaertner (Pittsburgh, Pa.). One out later, Gaertner tagged up and scored from third courtesy of a sacrifice fly to left by redshirt junior designated hitter Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) to make it 5-0 in favor of Ohio.
• Western Michigan put its first dent into Ohio's advantage in the home half of the first as Miller drew a two-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double down the right field line by Prince.
• Western Michigan put its first dent into Ohio's advantage in the home half of the first as Miller drew a two-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double down the right field line by Prince.
• The Broncos turned their 5-1 deficit into an 8-5 lead with a seven-run third inning. Junior second baseman Nick Vogelmeier was hit by a pitch to lead things off. Smith then singled to left, and Miller followed by drawing a walk to load up the bases for Western Michigan. Prince plated Vogelmeier and Smith with a two-RBI single through the left side. Forestell singled to center to reload the bases, then Goodwin drew a walk to bump home Miller. Sophomore designated hitter Evan Nelson reached by way of an Ohio fielding error, allowing Prince to scamper home. An RBI ground out senior catcher Mitchell Ho scored Forestell. One out later, Vogelmeier was hit by a pitch, then Smith sent a two-RBI single to right to bring around Goodwin and Nelson.
• The Western Michigan lead swelled to four runs in the fourth when Prince shot a leadoff triple to right center and scored by way of an RBI ground out by Forestell.
• Ohio made it a two-run game with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Longo was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Rott followed with a base hit through the left side. One out later, junior right fielder Spencer Ibarra (Fort Collins, Colo.) drove home Longo with a single to left center. Senior third baseman John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) then plated Rott with a single through the left side, cutting Western Michigan's lead to 9-7.
• Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the Broncos got both runs back in the home half of the inning. Ho hit a leadoff double to left center, then advanced to third on a single to right by freshman center fielder Nate Grys. One out later, Smith was hit a pitch, then Miller coaxed a walk to push across Ho. A fielding error by Ohio allowed Prince to reach safely and Grys to score.
• Western Michigan made the score final with three more runs in the seventh. Prince reached on a fielder's choice, then advanced to second on a single to left by Forestell. Goodwin tripled both of them home, then scored the 14th run of the game for the Broncos on an RBI bunt single by senior pinch hitter Drew Farmer.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
• Ohio has recorded at least 10 hits 24 times this season -- including five of the last seven games.
• Rott recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season, which is tied for second on the squad.
• Black now has 15 multi-hit contests this year.
• Longo has now logged four multi-RBI efforts this season.

UP NEXT
Ohio and Western Michigan face off in the weekend series finale on Sunday (May 15). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. Ohio's starting pitcher has yet to be determined. The Broncos will send senior lefty Derek Schneider to the hill.

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