Feb. 22, 2014
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team (1-2) fell to Liberty 8-5 in the first round of the UNC-Wilmington Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the `Cats with two hits, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a walk.
Freshman Connor Callery (Covington, Ky.) also aided Ohio offensively, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
Freshman Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) started on the mound for the Bobcats, but lasted only 4.1 innings before exiting the game. Roehn allowed seven runs, four of which unearned, walked one batter and struck out four in his first loss of the season.
Liberty jumped ahead early scoring a run in the top of the first, and quickly added to that lead with a four-run third inning. Following two Ohio errors and back-to-back Liberty home runs, the Bobcats trailed 5-0 entering the bottom of the third.
Ohio was quick retaliate, tacking on three runs in the bottom of the third. Singles by senior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Madsen, followed by an error by Liberty's second baseman put the `Cats within two.
Liberty added two more runs in the top of the fifth to extend their lead, which ended the day for Roehn. Junior Nick Nauracy (Crown Point, Ind.) came in to pitch 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
Freshman Mitch Longo (Mayfield Ohio) came up big for Ohio in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases off a single through the right side. A fielding error by Liberty's shortstop led to two runs for Ohio, which would ultimately be the `Cats final score of the game.
The Flames added another run in the top of the ninth, which left the game at its final score of 8-5.
Ohio returns to the diamond Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. for the second round of the tournament, where they will face host UNC-Wilmington.