The Ohio Bobcats (3-15) were unable to solve the Canisius Golden Griffins (14-5) pitching staff in the finale of the four game series this weekend at Bob Wren Stadium, falling 6-2.
Alex Godzak pitched the first seven innings for Canisius, holding the Bobcats to two runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out four.
“The guy did a decent job. He didn’t give us a ton of free opportunities,” head coach Rob Smith said. “He threw it over the plate well and when you do that, you’ll probably have some success.”
Shortstop Dan Schmidt had the most success for the Bobcats at the plate. In the sixth inning with Ohio down 5-0 and the bases loaded, Schmidt was able to rope a ball just inside the foul line down the right side, bringing home J.R. Reynolds and Tyler Wells on the play. Those were the only runs to score for the home team.
Schmidt is batting over .500 with runners in scoring position. In Saturday’s game, he had a three-run homer.
“I just want to do what’s best for my team every time,” he said. “I just want to try to get runners in.”
Sean Kennedy got the start for the Bobcats and was able to limit the damage, despite a three-run fourth inning. He lasted 7.1 innings, allowing five runs, one of which was unearned, on 11 hits and three walks. He struck out four.
“I thought Sean Kennedy did a very good job today on the mound. All that we asked of him was to go out and throw it over the plate, make them put the ball in play and hopefully make a few plays behind him,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, in a couple of instances we didn’t and it created some runs for them. I was happy about how he threw and he certainly did what we asked of him for today.”
On a few instances, errors in the infield made it challenging for Kennedy. One instance came in the fourth inning when a runner was able to reach base on a misplay by Schmidt.
“Our infield play, actually I thought was halfway decent this weekend but we just had a couple instances today where if we make a play or two, it maybe changes things a little bit but baseball games don’t come down to just one play. You just can’t have them in bunches and we had a few today that came at the wrong time and just created some situations that allowed them to score some runs,” Smith said.