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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Jensen Painter
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May 23, 2012

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AVON, Ohio - Senior Jensen Painter went 2-for-3 with an RBI, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (28-28) dropped a 4-2 decision to Western Michigan Wednesday morning in the first round of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship.

Painter (Willshire, Ohio) also scored a run and collected his 13th double on year. Freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) also chipped offensively with a hit and an RBI.

Senior starting pitcher Brent Choban (Rittman, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Bobcats despite throwing 8.2 innings on 124 pitches. Choban allowed just three earned runs and show good control, walking just one batter on the afternoon.

The Bobcats took the early lead in the fourth inning as they plated one run on just one hit. Mezlak collected the only hit in the inning for the Bobcats, but it was enough to drive in Painter from third base as he singled up the middle.

Western Michigan fought back with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead, capitalizing on a pair of Ohio errors. The Bobcats committed five errors on the afternoon, which was their highest total since they had six miscues against Northern Illinois on April 8.

The Broncos added runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to take a 4-1 lead. Ohio fought back with a run of its own in the eighth to cut the Broncos lead to 4-2 following a two-out RBI double by Painter, which drove in freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) from second. Madsen got to second after he doubled to right-center field.

In the ninth, Western Michigan's closer Monty Porter closed out the Bobcats to capture his third save on the year.

Ohio returns to action on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and will face the loser of the Kent State-Buffalo matchup. The first pitch of the Kent State-Buffalo contest is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.