May 19, 2007
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Ohio baseball team finished the 2007 season in grand fashion, scoring 15 runs on 17 hits and shutting out Bowling Green 15-0 Saturday at Warren E. Steller Field.
"Baseball is a funny game," Ohio Head Coach Joe Carbone said. "We did not play well Thursday and yesterday we could not score when we needed to. Today we came out and swung the bats well, pitched well and played good defense. It was a pretty good day for the Bobcats."
Ohio (23-31, 8-19) salvaged the series finale against the Falcons (22-32, 7-20) after dropping the first two games of the series. The Bobcats finish the season in fifth place in the Mid-American Conference East Division, one game ahead of last place Bowling Green. The Bobcats finished with 15 runs on 17 hits and did not commit an error while Bowling Green was held scoreless on eight hits with three errors. Ohio scored three times in the first inning and put the game away with a seven-run, seventh inning before adding five more runs in the final two frames.
Junior Andrew Shisila (Mentor, Ohio) earned the win in just his second start of the season to move to 2-3 on the year. He held the Falcons scoreless over 5.1 innings and allowed four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Shisila lasted just one-third of an inning in his first start of the season but tossed 6.2 scoreless innings of relief last Sunday against Miami.
"(Shisila) is a guy that can be a starter," Carbone said. "When he gets it over the plate he is pretty tough."
Sophomore Zach Elmer (Delaware, Ohio) pitched the final 3.2 innings for the save, his first of the season. He allowed four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
"Elmer is just now getting into shape (after an injury)," Carbone said. "We missed him the first half of the year. For the most part, our young pitchers did a pretty good job this season. We did a pretty good job today."
The Bobcat offense clicked all day for Carbone as six Bobcats posted multi-hit games. Senior Willie Walker (Marysville, Ohio) capped off an impressive season with a 3-for-4 day and added two RBI and two runs scored. He finished the season on a 13-game hit streak, tied for the longest by a Bobcat this season. Freshman Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio) posted a 2-for-4 day with three RBI and three runs scored. He also slugged his 19th double of the season to claim sole possession of fourth place on Ohio's single season doubles list.
Junior Matt Stiffler (Bellbrook, Ohio) finished off a fine junior campaign as he went 3-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. The walk was his 45th of the season and left him one shy of tying Ohio's single season walks record of 46. Stiffler also finished the season with 58 runs scored, giving him sole possession of fourth place on Ohio's single season runs scored list.
"Stiffler, Krauss and Walker have done a good job for us all year," Carbone said. "Krauss played big for us and Klimko did a good job for us today."
Sophomore catcher Chris Klimko (McKeesport, Pa.) finished the game 1-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored while junior Zach Hartle (Toledo, Ohio) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Senior J.T. Osburn (Warrenton, Va.) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and senior Jared Willis (Logan, W.Va.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Bryant Witt (Powell, Ohio) was 1-for-4 with three RBI in the final game of his career.
Marty Baird took the loss for the Falcons to fall to 5-5 on the year. He allowed 12 hits and five runs in six innings. Mark Galvin and Erik Lawson each finished with two hits for Bowling Green in the loss.
Shisila faced the minimum through the first three innings and got all the run support he would need in the third, when the Bobcats plated three runs. Hartle singled to open the inning and Stiffler walked to put two runners on with nobody out. After a sac bunt by Osburn, Krauss put Ohio on the board with an RBI single. The second out of the inning was recorded at home plate on a fielder's choice, but Walker and Klimko rapped back-to-back RBI singled for a 3-0 lead.
While the three runs would be all Ohio needed in the game, the Bobcats poured it on in the final three innings. Ohio scored seven runs in the seventh inning to take a 10-run lead. Hartle doubled and Stiffler reached on an error to start the inning before Osburn collected an RBI base hit to start the scoring in the frame. Krauss followed with an RBI double and Klimko walked two batters later to put two runners on. Walker then drew a free pass to load the bases and Willis reached on an error to score one run. Witt followed with a two-run double to give Ohio a 10-0 lead.
The Bobcats added three runs in the eighth when Klimko and Willis each drew bases loaded walks in front of a sac fly by Witt to make the score 13-0. Ohio finished the scoring with two runs in the ninth. Stiffler doubled to start the inning and scored two batters later on a sac fly by Krauss. Walker put the finishing touches on the 15-0 rout with an RBI double.