April 20, 2011
AVON, Ohio-The Ohio baseball team exploded for nine runs in the first three innings of its Wednesday contest at Cleveland State and cruised to a 16-8 victory over the Vikings at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The Bobcats improved to 17-20 overall, while CSU dropped to 7-26.
Shortstop Garrett Black had three hits for the visitors, while right fielder Adam Gecewich drove in four runs. Designated hitter Jensen Painter and first baseman Taylor Emody scored three times apiece.
CSU right fielder Zach Thompson had three hits for the home team, while center fielder Alex Johnson drove in two. Thompson and catcher Taylor Frederick also scored twice.
Ohio reliever Scott White (1-0) was credited with his first collegiate win after he tossed three scoreless innings, while allowing a walk and a hit and striking out four. Fellow relievers Ben Trimbur and Tyler Stage also recorded scoreless innings, while Marck Paliotto got the game's final out with a strikeout.
CSU starter Chris Ward (0-2) was tagged with the loss after he gave up six earned runs on five hits with one strikeout and three walks in two and one-third innings. Reliever Travis Miller recorded three scoreless outs as well.
The Bobcats scored early and often as they put up five runs in the top of the first inning. Painter started the scoring with a two-run blast to left and Gecewich followed four batters later with a three-run bomb to center.
CSU responded with one run in the bottom half of that inning and two more in the second, but Ohio came back with four more in the top of the third. Third baseman Dan Ward knocked in the first run with a single to short and came around to score (along with Emody) on catcher J.R. Reynolds' groundball, which was misplayed at third. Second baseman Bryan Barnes knocked in the fourth run with a single through the left side.
Barnes had a run-scoring single through the right side and center fielder Ethan Newton posted an RBI groundout to second in the fifth, while Black laced a two-run single through the middle in the sixth for the next two tallies.
Newton scored an unearned run on Ward's groundout in the seventh and scored in the same fashion in the ninth on Emody's fielder's choice. Gecewich knocked in the team's final run with a single through the left side to give the Bobcats a 16-3 lead with just three outs to go.
The home team didn't go quietly in the bottom half, however, as it rallied for five runs, three of which were unearned due to a Bobcat error.
Barnes swiped his fourth base of the season in the third inning.
The Bobcats will head to Bowling Green for a three-game series that is set to begin Friday with a 3 p.m. ET matchup. All three games may be heard in Athens on WOUB 1340-AM and on OhioBobcats.com as "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Grant Burkhardt will call all the action.