Updated Tue, Mar 27, 2012 11:14 pm
Ohio opened up a six-game homestand on the wrong foot Tuesday night against Wright State, falling 7-1 to the Horizon League foe.
The loss marked the third in a row for the ‘Cats, who dropped back-to-back decisions at Toledo over the weekend.
Senior Shane Dedig (1-1) suffered the loss for Ohio, giving up three runs—two of them earned—in just two innings of work. Joey Hoelzel (2-3) pitched a pair of scoreless innings to get the win for the Raiders.
Wright State (12-10) proved its efficiency early in the game, scoring all seven runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Jake Hibberd, Corey Davis, Tristan Moore and Ryan Ashe combined for nine of the Raiders’ 11 hits in the top four spots of the order. Ashe and designated hitter Kody Krizman each knocked home a pair of RBIs.
Ohio (10-13, 1-2) scored its lone run of the night on a Jensen Painter solo shot in the third. Painter and first baseman Jake Madsen each registered a pair of hits, and Ian Mezlak improved his average to .247 by going 3 for 4 with a double and a two singles.
The bright spot of the night for the Bobcat pitching staff was Shane Cole, who threw three hitless innings of relief and faced the minimum number of batters. Cole’s ERA now sits at an impressive 1.93 through 18.2 innings of work.
The ‘Cats will have a golden opportunity to bounce back with a victory tomorrow as Division III Otterbein College comes to Athens for a non-conference showdown. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.