After being outscored 16-5 in the first two games of a three game series with Central Michigan, Ohio met with the Chippewas for the final matchup between the two teams on Sunday in Athens.
After opening to an early lead, Central Michigan held on to finish the sweep of the Bobcats with a 4-2 victory at Wren Stadium.
Ohio gave the start to Connor Sitz. The sophomore allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings on the mound, picking up his fifth loss of the season. Opposite to Sitz, Nick Deeg was on the hill for CMU, throwing eight solid innings of two runs (one earned) ball, picking up his second win of the 2014 campaign.
Central Michigan got the scoring started right away in the first inning as Logan Regnier singled and reached second on a throwing error by Scott White. Next batter Tyler Huntey singled in Regnier to make it 1-0. Sitz would allow one more hit and plunk a batter to load the bases with one out. The middle infield for the Bobcats was able to roll up a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Noel Santos to keep the damage at just one run.
Ohio’s first scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the second when Jake Madsen’s single was followed by a double to left field by Mitch Longo. But with two runners in scoring position, Austin Rieman struck out and Garrett Black flied out leaving Ohio scoreless.
Central Michigan added to its lead in the third inning when Nick Regnier doubled and took third on a wild pitch. He would then score on a groundout from Logan Regnier to put the Chippewas up 2-0.
Errors proved costly once again for Ohio in the top of the fifth as Huntey reached on an error by Tyler Finkler. Huntey would steal second two batters later and Adam Collins doubled him in to make it 3-0 CMU.
Ohio got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Garrett Black doubled to leadoff the inning and scored on an error by Morgan Oliver. But Central Michigan had an answer the very next half inning when Pat Mackenzie walked, got to second on a wild pitch and was singled in by Nick Regnier to make it 4-1.
Ohio would not go away quietly in the bottom of the ninth inning. Madsen and Longo each singled to start the final frame and Tim Black replaced Deeg on the mound to come in for a save opportunity. Pinch hitter Chandler Geller knocked in the final run for Ohio on a fielder’s choice. A groundout one batter later off the bat of Scott White ended the ball game at a final score of 4-2.
WP: Nick Deeg (2-1) 8 i.p. 7 hits, 2 runs ( 1 earned), 0 BB, 8k
LP: Connor Sitz (0-5) 7 i.p. 10 hits, 4 runs (3 earned,) 1 BB, 3k
SAVE: Tim Black (2)
On a bright note for Ohio, six of its eight hits were from Jake Madsen and Mitch Longo who each had three. Longo continues to swing a hot bat this season as he leads the Bobcats in batting average, runs scored, hits, slugging percentage, stolen bases, home runs and runs batted in.
For Ohio, it ends a rough home stand that saw the Green and White drop all six contests by a combined score of 64-20. The Bobcats will look to bounce back as they will travel to Richmond, Ky. on Tuesday to take on Eastern Kentucky.