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Bobcats Fall 6-3 to Miami in Series Finale

Cody Gaertner

May 19, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Baseball team (28-27,16-11) fell short 6-3 in its series finale with Miami Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium to conclude its regular-season schedule on Senior Day.

Junior Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) took the loss, falling to 4-6 on the year. In 3.2 innings of work, Streich gave up five hits and four earned runs. Junior right hander Tyler Backstrom (Hurricane, W.Va.) came in relief and worked 5.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits.

Miami's Charles Zubrod got the win going five innings, allowing only two runs on six hits. Brooks Fiala came in for relief, pitching the final four innings for his first save of the season.

Offensively, the Bobcats out-hit the Redhawks 9-8. Junior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) and freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led the team with three hits each. Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.), freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) as well as Otto all contributed with an RBI.

Miami jumped out to the early lead as it plated two runs in the top of the first thanks to an double by Max Anderson which scored Scott Slappy and Ryan Brenner. The Redhawks tacked on two more runs in the second to make the count 4-0.

The Redhawks increased their lead to 5-0 in the fourth following an RBI single to center field by Matt Honchel.

In the bottom half of the inning, Ohio fought back as it loaded the bases with no outs, but only came away with a pair of runs, cutting the Miami lead to three (5-2). Otto hit an RBI single to center field by, which drove in Gaertner from third base. Gaertner got on base as he led off the frame with a single to right field. Later in the inning, Newton grounded out to first driving in junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.).

In the fifth, sixth seventh and eighth innings, Backstrom limited Miami just one hit. In the ninth however, Miami increased its lead back to four runs (6-2).

Ohio attempted a late rally in the bottom of the ninth scoring a run to cut the lead back to three (6-3), but that would be as close as the 'Cats would get as Miami went on to secure the win.

Before the game, head coach Joe Carbone and nine Bobcat players were recognized for their accomplishments at Ohio. Today's game was Carbone's final game at Ohio. During his 24-year tenure, he helped lead the Bobcats to a MAC Championship in 1997.

The Bobcats return to action next Wednesday at 9 a.m. as they face Western Michigan in the opening round of the MAC Tournament in Avon, Ohio.