May 16, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - Sophomores Jake Madsen and Cody Gaertner combined to drive in four runs, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (13-38, 8-17 MAC) dropped a 12-7 decision to Miami University (24-27, 13-12 MAC) Thursday night at McKie Field in game one of its series opener with the Redhawks.
Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished the night by going 2-for-5 at the plate and scored a pair of runs, while Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) went 1-for-4 and in the process picked up his 100th career hit.
Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) also chipped in offensively as he posted a strong night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. In his last 10 games, Squires has gone 14-for-32 (.438) at the plate with two doubles, three RBI and five runs scored.
Senior reliever Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) suffered the loss after he came on in relief of senior starter Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio), who worked 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and seven hits. In 0.2 innings of work, Barber allowed two earned runs and dropped to 2-6 on the year.
Ohio sent three other pitchers to the mound in the form of junior Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio), freshman Ryan Ferrell (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Madsen.
Miami opened the scoring in the first as it scored one run on one hit, but the Bobcats fought back in the third as it plated five runs on four hits. Squires, Madsen and Gaertner all collected RBI in the frame for the Bobcats.
The Redhawks cut Ohio's lead to one in the fourth as they scored three runs on three hits, capitalizing on one Bobcat error. Ohio committed three errors on the afternoon compared to Miami's one miscue.
Ohio added two more runs in the fifth thanks to RBI by Madsen and Gaertner to push its lead to 7-4 through four and a half innings. Miami responded as it plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-7 lead. The Redhawks would then add three in the sixth and one in the eighth to secure a 12-7 win.
Miami senior starter Brooks Fiala picked up the win for Miami after he worked 7.0 innings, striking out six and allowed just five earned runs as he improved to 6-5 on the year.
Ohio and Miami return to the diamond tomorrow night at 6 p.m.