Baseball: Errors Hinder Bobcats in MAC Tourney Defeat

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Alex Marcheschi

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Updated Wed, May 23, 2012 12:15 pm
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The fourth seeded Ohio Bobcats took the field against the fifth seeded Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday in an early game at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. 

Ohio lost the game 4-2 as the Bobcats had trouble in the field, committing five errors in the game.
 
Brent Choban started the game for Ohio and held the Broncos scoreless through the first five innings.
 
Jensen Painter doubled to open Ohio’s second inning at-bat. Ian Mezlak was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for Ohio. However, Dan Schmidt grounded out to end the inning.
 
Ethan Newton opened the third inning with a double to the wall, it was the 100th double of the season for Ohio, but the Bobcats failed to score in the inning. 
 
Ian Mezlak batted in Painter to score Ohio’s first run of the game in the fourth inning.
 
Western Michigan scored on an error in the sixth after an over-thrown ball went into the stands. WMU then scored again as Patrick Duncan got the RBI single for the Broncos in the sixth. WMU lead Ohio 2-1 after six. 
 
Ohio was retired in order in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings
 
Western Michigan’s Zach Thoma added an insurance run for the Broncos in the seventh with an RBI single. WMU’s Jared Kujawa then singled through the right side in the same inning to bring home another Bronco run. It was 4-2 in favor of WMU heading into the eighth inning. 
 
Painter hit a double down the line to score Jake Madsen in the eighth inning, but that’s all the damage Ohio would do in the game. Dan Schmidt struck out in the last at-bat of the game for Ohio, sealing the 4-2 victory by Western Michigan. 
 
Casey Webber got the win for the Broncos. 
 
Ohio must now win out to capture the MAC championship. The Bobcats’ next game is on Thursday at 12:30. 
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