Ohio Baseball fell to Western Michigan in the series finale Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium by a score of 4-0.
In the series finale and tie breaker, Ohio couldn’t get any offense going as two long balls from Western Michigan and solid pitching led the Broncos to the series victory.
For Ohio, sophomore Connor Sitz was on the mound and found himself on the losing end of the decision for the sixth time this season (0-6). Despite a good outing, Sitz gave up four earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched while his counterpart Keegan Akin threw a complete game shutout for Western Michigan to earn his third win of the season.
Western Michigan got their scoring started in the third inning. Sitz walked both Brett Sunde and Brandon Cable and a single by Grant Miller loaded the bases. Next up was Vinnie Booker who put down a perfect suicide squeeze that scored Sunde to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
WMU kept the scoring going off of Sitz in the sixth and seventh inning. In the sixth, Garrett Miller singled and was followed up by a two-run bomb off the bat of Brandon Cable. Next was Jared Kujawa in the seventh with a solo home run off of Sitz that put the Broncos up 4-0.
Ohio had two big chances in the later innings to get runs on the board. In the sixth, a Mitch Longo walk followed by a Garrett Black single put two runners on base but the threat was erased when Jake Madsen grounded into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play. An eighth inning Ohio rally was killed when Madsen once again grounded out with Longo and Black on base.
“We have to do better at getting them in,” coach Smith said after the loss.
Player of the game has to go to pitcher Keegan Akin for the Broncos. Picking up his third win of the season, Akin totaled 12 strikeouts going all nine innings and throwing 113 pitches.
Longo led the Bobcats with two hits as well as a walk, extending his hitting streak to eight consecutive games.
For Ohio, it’s their 11th loss in their lasts 12 contests as they continue to stay in the cellar of the MAC East. Ohio will now get Monday off and will travel to Ohio State on Tuesday for a one game matchup at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.