May 18, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (13-39, 8-18 MAC) was defeated Friday night by Miami University (25-27; 14-12 MAC) 13-6 Saturday night at McKie Field to claim game two of the three game series.
Junior Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas) led the Bobcats' offensive attack as he posted season-bests of three hits and two RBI. Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) continued his hot hitting as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Junior Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in as he came off the bench to collect a pair of hits.
As a team, Ohio was outhit 20-12, but the `Cats had their chances throughout the game as it stranded 12 runners on base.
Freshman Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss for Ohio as he was tagged for four earned runs. He also gave up eight hits as he dropped to 2-7 on the year.
Game two of the series was delayed until 8 p.m. because of heavy rain in the area at the start of the contest, but once it got going, so too did Miami as it jumped out to an early advantage as it plated two runs in the bottom of the first. Ohio responded in the top half of the second as it scored two runs on four hits.
Junior Scott White (Jacksonsville, Fla.) got the inning started as he single into left field. He then stole second and would go on to third on a single into centerfield by fellow junior Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio). After Alex Corna (Cincinnati, Ohio) went down on strikes, the `Cats were down to their last out in the frame, but Geller and Nick Squires both came through with two out base hits, which scored both White and Dean to even the score at two apiece.
The Redhawks reclaimed the lead in the third as they scored two runs in the third and one in the fifth to open up a 5-2 advantage. Ohio would not go away as it scored two runs in the sixth thanks to three hits.
Senior Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) led off the inning with a single up the middle. He then advanced over to third thanks to an infield single by Wells. Senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) came up next and drove in Schmidt with a sacrifice fly to left field. Two batters later, Geller drove in Wells with a single through the left side, which trimmed Miami's lead to 5-4. Ohio went on to load the bases, but the Bobcats were unable to get any more runs across the plate.
After Miami was held scoreless in the bottom half of the sixth, Ohio threatened by loading the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh, but the `Cats were held scoreless. In the bottom half of the inning, Miami scored four runs on five hits to open up a 9-4 lead. All four of the Redhawks' runs came with two outs.
Ohio added a run in the eighth to make the count 9-5, but that was as close as the Bobcats would get for the remainder of the game. The Redhawks scored four more runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 13-5. The Bobcats added one more run in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough as Miami secured a 13-6 win.
Miami starting pitcher Mac Thoreson picked up the win for the Redhawks as he improved to 6-5 on the year.
The two teams return to action tomorrow afternoon for the series finale, which is set to begin at noon. The game will also serve as the final game of the regular season for both squads.