ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Tyler Wells hit a walkoff single to lead the Ohio University Baseball team (28-26,16-10 MAC) to a thrilling 5-4 win over Miami Friday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.
Wells' (Lexington, Ky.) game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth drove in senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) from second, which secured the win for the Bobcats.
With the win, Ohio picked up its 28th victory of the season surpassing last season's win total of 27. The Bobcats are just two wins away from clinching their 83rd all-time winning season.
Junior Right hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) got the win after he worked in 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs. Senior starter Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) took a no decision despite pitching 7.2 innings allowing just three earned runs and eight hits.
Miami's Matt Rosinski took the loss in an inning of relief giving up three hits and one run. Mac Thoreson started the game, but did not figure into the decision after he went 7.0 innings.
The Bobcats were led by a balanced attack offensively, Wells led the team with three hits and an RBI. Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio), freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.), junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash), and freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) all contributed with an RBI as well.
Miami took an early lead in the top half of the first thanks to a single by Kevin Bower, which scored Ryan Brenner.
The 'Cats tied the game in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI single to left field by Painter which drove in Wells from second base.
Ohio would go on to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth (2-1). Freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led off the inning with a double down the right field line and would later advance to third off a sac-bunt by sophomore Scott White (Springboro,Ohio). Mezlak followed and drove in Gaertner by singling to left field.
Miami scored in the top of the seventh and eighth to reclaim the lead 3-2.
Ohio regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth thanks to Gaertner's sac fly which brought in senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk,Va.). In the ensuing at bat, Schmidt singled to left field scoring Gaertner from third.
Miami tied the game back up in the ninth as it capitalized on a pair of Ohio errors, but the `Cats fought back to win the game in the bottom half of the frame.
Ohio returns to action tomorrow for its season finale with the Redhawks and coach Joe Carbone's final game. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. Junior right-hander Seth Streich will take the mound. In his last start, Streich logged a complete game at Akron.