Updated Sat, Mar 23, 2013 12:14 am
The Ohio Bobcats dropped their eighth straight game of the season, after an 8-5 loss in the series opener to the Toledo Rockets at Bob Wren Stadium.
“We were competitive tonight,” Ohio coach Rob Smith said. “But unfortunately we had some plays that led to some runs for them, which was something we couldn’t overcome.”
Freshman Jake Miller (1-4) got the start for the Bobcats, pitching 5.1 innings, while giving up seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits, and walking two batters as well.
Senior Dan Schmidt and freshman Nate Squires led the Bobcats offensively, garnering four of the team’s eight hits, with Squires scoring two runs and Schmidt driving in two.
Toledo (8-11, 1-0 MAC) jumped out early in the second inning, taking a 2-0 lead on a pair of RBI groundouts by Nate Langhals and Deion Tansel.
Ohio (3-17, 0-1 MAC) answered in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own, highlighted by an RBI-single from redshirt senior J.R. Reynolds.
After the two teams exchanged runs to make it a 3-3 game, Toledo broke the game open in the sixth inning,
After two base hits and an RBI-single from Tyler Grogg, senior Ben Hammer crushed a three-run home run to right field, giving Toledo a 7-4 lead.
After that inning, Toledo’s pitching kept Ohio from making a comeback, limiting them to only one hit in the final two innings.
Ohio also struggled defensively, committing three costly errors, with two of them leading to runs for Toledo.
“We are trying to change the culture here to be a more defensive-minded,” Smith said. “But too many games we are giving bases to the other team and it is costing us games.”
The Bobcats will be back on the field Saturday for a double-header with Toledo at Bob Wren Stadium. Game one starts at 1 p.m.