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Ohio Baseball Edged By Central Michigan

Ohio Baseball Edged By Central Michigan

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By Mike Ashcraft

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Ohio baseball team (21-31, 9-17 MAC) was unable to overcome a four-run, first-inning deficit, falling to host Central Michigan (25-28-1, 15-11 MAC), 5-3, on Friday (May 18) at Theunissen Stadium.

The Chippewas took the Mid-American Conference weekend series from the Bobcats after earning a 3-2 walk-off victory in the series opener on Thursday (May 17).

Central Michigan plated four runs in the home half of the first take control of the contest, with junior second baseman Jason Sullivan coming up with an RBI single, junior left fielder David Cole drawing an RBI walk and sophomore designated hitter Zach Gilles producing a two-RBI single to put the Chippewas in front.

Ohio cut Central Michigan's lead to 4-1 in the top of the second. Sophomore catcher Tanner Piechnick (Canonsburg, Pa.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, moved to second on a single to left by senior third baseman Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) and scored from third one out later by way of a base hit to left by senior right fielder Evan Bourn (Overland Park, Kan.).

The Chippewas made it a four-run game again in the bottom of the inning, though, as freshman shortstop Zavier Warren hit a one-out single to right center, moved up to second on a single back up the middle by junior right fielder Daniel Robinson and scored on a single through the left side by Sullivan.

Ohio plated its second run in the third when sophomore shortstop Trevor Hafner (Perrysburg, Ohio) led off with a base hit to center, advanced to third on a Central Michigan fielding error one out later and then scored when Piechnick reached on an RBI fielder's choice.

The Bobcats cut the Chippewas' lead to two runs in the sixth. Bourn beat out an infield single to second, advanced to second on a single back up the middle by freshman designated hitter Noah Weiner (Murrysville, Pa.) and then scored on an RBI single back up the middle by freshman second baseman Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Unfortunately for Ohio, that's as close as it got. The Bobcats stranded a total of eight runners on base in the contest -- including two in the second and fourth innings.

Bourn produced the lone multi-hit effort of the day for the Bobcats, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. He tallied his third multi-hit game of the 2018 season. Piechnick tallied his 12th double of the year in the fifth inning -- the only extra-base hit of the game for either team.

Sullivan led the way at the plate for the Chippewas, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Robinson finished 2-for-4 with a run scored while sophomore first baseman Zach Heeke went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Junior right-handed starting pitcher Michael Brettell earned the win on the mound for Central Michigan, improving to 6-6 on the season. He struck out three over six innings while allowing three runs  -- two of which were earned -- on seven hits and a walk. Freshman southpaw reliever Brandon Reed tossed three scoreless frames, striking out four while permitting just one hit.

Redshirt senior right-handed starter Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) suffered the pitching defeat for the Bobcats, falling to 4-2 on the year. He gave up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out one. Freshman right-hander Eddie Kutt (Westlake, Calif.) gave Ohio 1.2 spotless innings of relief, striking out one.

Ohio concludes the 2018 campaign on Saturday (May 19) when it takes on Central Michigan in the regular season finale. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET at Theunissen Stadium. The Bobcats' starting pitch is to be determined. Freshman right-hander Logan Buczkowski is expected to get the start on the mound for the Chippewas. 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein will have the call of the action on WOUB 1340 AM and online on OhioBobcats.com via Stretch Internet. The contest will also be streamed live by CSN Digital.