Ohio Men’s Baseball team (27-18) dropped a non-conference matchup against Dayton (14-32) on Wednesday in the final game of the season at Bob Wren Stadium by a 5-3 final.
In his ninth start of the season, Evan Geist threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk.
Ohio struck first in the bottom of the second inning on a solo homerun by third basemen John Adryan, his second long ball of the year—giving Ohio an early 1-0 lead.
Dayton would quickly counter Ohio’s early advantage off Bobcat reliever Logan Jacik, who would eventually get tagged with his first loss of the season as his ERA climbed to 5.68. Brad Burkhead singled in Greg Rhude, who led off the inning with a double, tying the game at 1-1.
UD would have their biggest inning off Jacik in the fourth, when Robbie Doring and Rhude each singled in a run to give Dayton a two-run advantage. Alex Harris would cap off the Flyers’ three run inning when he scored on a wild pitch to give Dayton a 4-1 lead.
Ohio would chip into the Dayton lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Kyle Dean to make it a 4-2 score.
However, Dayton would add another run off Ohio reliever Spencer Sapp in the top of the 7th when catcher Matt Poland scored on a wild pitch to give Dayton their second three-run lead of the game.
Ohio would threaten Dayton in the 7th inning, with a pinch-hit RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Dayton reliever Sam Brunner got out of the jam with a strikeout, pop out, and a fly out to right field by Mitch Longo, to keep the Dayton lead at 5-3.
Brunner would retire the Bobcats in order in the 8th, and after allowing a single to Kyle Dean, got Garrett Black to fly out to center field to end the game and record his fifth save of the season.
Player of the Game: (OH) 3B- John Adryan: 2-4 HR, RBI, 2R
Ohio will now go on-the-road for their final six games, starting with a three game set in Ypsilanti (5/8-5/10) against Eastern Michigan (18-29, 8-13), who sits 5th in the MAC West.