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Ohio Comes Up Short Against Buffalo, 6-5

Tyler Wells

May 24, 2012

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AVON, Ohio - Freshman Tyler Wells drilled a solo home run in the top of the ninth over the left field wall to extend the game into extra innings, but the Ohio University baseball team (28-29) would fall 6-5 in 10 innings to Buffalo. With the loss, Ohio was eliminated from the 2012 Mid-American Championship.

Wells' (Lexington, Ky.) solo shot tied the game at 5-5. It was also his fifth round-tripper on the year and it came with two outs.

After holding Buffalo scoreless in the bottom half of the ninth, Ohio came up to bat in the top half of the 10th, but were held without a run as well.

In the bottom half of the frame, junior captain Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) came on in relief. Buffalo jumped on Streich early as it put a pair of runners on base with no outs, but the Ohio right-hander responded by striking out the next two batters. UB's Mike Baldock would then step up to the plate and drive in the game-winning run as he doubled to right-center field.

Offensively, freshman Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) led the way with three RBI and finished the game by going 2-for-4 with a home run. Senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) also chipped in with a game-high three hits.

The two teams combined for four home runs on the afternoon. Prior to today's contest, no team had hit a home run in the five previous league tournament games. Ohio outhit Buffalo by a 12-10 count.

Streich suffered the loss and dropped to 4-7 on the year after he came on in relief. Senior Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) started the game, but did not figure into the decision after he worked 6.1 innings allowing five earned runs. Moulton had not allowed more than three earned runs all year.

Ohio took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI single into right field by Cozart, which scored freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.)) from third. Gaertner led off the frame with a single into right field.

Buffalo fought back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to back-to-back home runs by Tom Murphy and Alex Baldock. Murphy's home run was a two-run shot, while Baldock's was a solo shot.

In the fifth, Ohio loaded the bases, but only came away with one run thanks to a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), which plated junior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.).

Ohio reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-out home run by Cozart, which landed over the left field wall. Holmes also scored on Cozart's home run as the Bobcats took a 4-3 lead.

The Bulls re-claimed the lead in the seventh after they plated two runs to take a 5-4. In the final four innings, Ohio was outscored 3-1 as Buffalo went on to the win.

Thursday afternoon's game was also the final game for seven Ohio seniors and head coach Joe Carbone. In 24 years as the head coach of the Ohio University baseball team, Carbone finished his with a 689-611 record and two MAC Championships. His 689 career victories are the most in school history.