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Ohio Falls to Miami in Series Opener 5-2

Cody Gaertner

May 17, 2012

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ATHENS,Ohio - The Ohio University Baseball team (27-26,15-10) had its four-game winning streak snapped Thursday evening at Bob Wren Stadium, falling to Miami 5-2.

Senior Brent Choban (Rittman,Ohio) took the loss falling to 7-5 on the year. Choban gave up eight runs on five hits while striking out five in 6.2 innings of work. The right hander has pitched more than 6.0 innings in every appearance this season.

Sophomore Shane Henkel (Irwin,Pa.) came in for a short stint of relief while junior Tyler Backstrom (Columbus,Ohio) pitched the final two innings giving up one hit and striking out three.

Miami's Shawn Marquardt got the win for his sixth victory of the season giving up two runs on seven hits. Joe Neff came in for two innings of relief and Matt Rosinski came in to get his sixth save of the season.

Offensively, Ohio outhit Miami 10-9. Freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington,Ky.),senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio),and sophomore Scott White (Springboro,Ohio) each had two hits while junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak,Wash.) and freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain,Ohio) each chipped in with RBI sac-flys.

Ohio got on the board first in the bottom of the second as freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park,Pa) scored from third off a sac-fly by freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain,Ohio).

Miami answered in the top of the third scoring two runs to take the lead. In the bottom half of the frame, the Bobcats tied the game at two apiece after Wells came into score from third following another sac-fly this one coming off the bat of Schmidt.

After two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, Miami put three runs on the board to retake the lead 5-2.

The 'Cats threatened in the sixth by loading the bases loaded but couldn't convert.

Ohio returns to action tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. Senior right-hander Jason Moulton will take the mound. In six home starts this season, Moulton has an ERA of 1.86.