Ohio Baseball falls to CMU in series finale

Next game:

at Morehead State

03/21/2023 | 3 p.m.

March 21 (Tue) / 3 p.m.

at Morehead State

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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Baseball Team (5-12, 3-3 MAC) returned to action Sunday afternoon (March 19), falling in the series finale against Central Michigan (11 -8, 2-1 MAC), 10-6, inside Bob Wren Stadium.

Overall, Ohio scored six runs on eight hits and had no errors, while Central Michigan scored 10 runs on nine hits and had two errors.

Individually, fifth-year Mason Minzey (Tall White, Michigan) had two hits, a home run, two RBIs and a run scored, while fifth-year Will Sturek (Minnetonka, Minnesota) added two hits, a homer , a run batted in and a run. brand. Junior Gideon Antle (Licking, Mo) added a brace and an RBI, while junior Alec Patino (Sioux City, Iowa) recorded a hit, a run scored and an RBI. Freshman Billy Adams (Medina, Ohio) added a hit and a run scored, and senior Alex Finney (Oxford, Michigan) recorded a hit for the Bobcats. Redshirt sophomore AJ Rausch (Powell, Ohio) tied and scored a point, while Colin Kasperbauer (Sioux City, Iowa) had two goals and scored a point.

On the mound, junior Trent Spoon (Bourbonnais, Ill.) got the start, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, walking three and striking out two. Sophomore Zach Weber (Lebanon, Ohio) went 1.2 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, while sophomore Hudson Boncal (Corona, Calif.) entered the game to pitch 2.0 innings, allowing two runs on two hits. Sophomore Dillon Masters (New Albany, Ohio) pitched 1.2 innings, allowing no runs or hits, while striking out four. Redshirt rookie Patrick DeMarco (Encino, Calif.) pitched 0.2 innings and didn’t allow a run on a hit, while striking out two.

The Bobcats took the lead early in the first inning on a Minzey solo homer giving Ohio a 1-0 lead after a full inning. Ohio added immediately late in the second inning when Sturek homered to start the inning, increasing Ohio’s lead to 2-0 going into the third inning.

Michigan center responded in the top of the third inning, taking the lead after scoring four runs on two hits that included a two-run double RBI, putting CMU up 4-2 down the frame. However, the Bobcats regained the lead late in the third inning. After Adams started the inning with a single and Rausch tied on walks, a sacrifice fly from Minzey started Ohio’s score. The Bobcats added an RBI single from Patino and an RBI double from Antle, putting the Bobcats ahead 5-4 after three.

After a scoreless fourth, CMU took the lead in the top of the fifth inning, again scoring four runs on three hits on a two-run homer and an RBI double, putting Central Michigan up 8-5. Ohio clawed back a late inning run when Kasperbauer scored on wild pitch, cutting Ohio’s deficit to 8-6 after five.

CMU added in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs on three hits to give Central Michigan a 10-6 lead. The Bobcats threatened in the bottom of the eighth when junior Cole Williams (Charlotte, NC) reached on an error and Finney followed it up with a single to put the runners first and second with no outs. However, the Bobcats were unable to capitalize, sending the game to the ninth inning still trailing, 10-6.

After CMU grounded two runners in the top of the ninth, Ohio looked to rally down the frame, but the Bobcats were unable to generate much offense, eventually falling, 10-6.

Next, the Bobcats head to Morehead, Ky. on Tuesday, March 21 to take on Morehead State. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Ohio, then heads to DeKalb, Illinois March 24-26 to take on Northern Illinois



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