Oct. 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team held its first annual alumni game Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium. The current Bobcats defeated the alumni 15-4.
"I was excited about the turnout we had," said head coach Rob Smith. "To have a Bobcat legend like Steve Swisher return made the experience that much better for both our players and the other alumni. I feel like the whole weekend was a huge success and we look forward to building on it next year."
Freshman Jake Roehn picked up the win for Ohio, while former Bobcat and current Director of Baseball Operations Marck Paliotto suffered the loss for the alumni.
"I thought we played well today," Smith said. "Any time you allow only six free bases during a game you will have a chance to win. Playing this collection of alumni was great for our team as it allowed us to see outside competition for the first time this year. I felt confident they would challenge us and they did. I had to remind our guys after they jumped on us early that they were here to play. Fortunatly we were able to answer."
Senior Kyle Dean paced the current Bobcats as he went 2-for-2 with a triple, a home run and two RBI. He also scored a pair of runs. Former Bobcats Dan Schmidt and Jensen Painter led the way for the alumni as they combined for five hits and four RBI. Schmidt went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, while Painter tallied a pair of hits and two RBI.
Ohio jumped on the alumni in the first inning as it played seven runs. Sophomore John Adryan, junior Tyler Wells and senior Kyle Dean highlighted the frame offensively for the current players. Adryan and Wells both drove in a pair of RBI, while Dean had an RBI triple.
The alumni fought back in the second with a run to cut the lead to six, but that was as close as they would get for the remainder of the game.