Ohio Baseball Caps Season With Win At Miami, 7-3

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Todd Ward

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Updated Sat, May 18, 2013 5:15 pm
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Ohio celebrates after Cody Gaertner's two-run home run in the third inning against NIU April 19. The sophomore had three RBIs in a 5-4 win.

In the final game of the Ohio Bobcats 2013 baseball season, Ohio beat Miami, 7-3.

The Bobcats were led by starting pitcher Sean Kennedy, who pitched five innings of two-hit baseball and four straight hitless innings.

Kennedy was pulled in the sixth inning leading 6-1 after he allowed the first two batters to get hits, but Ohio would get out of the jam.

With the bases loaded and two outs, reliever Nick Plys got Miami’s Nate Bowles to ground out and end the inning.

In the seventh inning, Miami had the bases loaded again with no outs off Plys and reliever Ryan Ferrell, but a double play ball could not score the runner from third. Then a strike out ended the inning with no runs scored.

In the eighth, Miami had runners on first and second with two outs, and pitcher Marck Paliotto came on in relief and struck out Chad Sedio.

Ohio’s bats also came alive early in the game. After Miami took an early 1-0 lead by a sacrifice fly, Ohio answered with two runs in the second.

Jon Adryan hit an RBI single to drive in the first run. He then stole second, and a bad throw by the catcher allowed Kyle Dean to score from third base.

After a couple scoreless innings, an RBI double by Ben Otto scored Ohio’s third run.

The sixth inning broke it open for the Bobcats. An RBI single by Nate Squires, a sacrifice fly by Jake Madsen and an RBI double by Scott White made it 6-1 Ohio.

Adryan tacked on another run for Ohio in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI single to make it 7-1.

Miami didn’t go down easy, though. In the ninth inning, Scott Slappey hit a one-out double and scored on an RBI triple by Matt Honchel. Honchel was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Jason Romano to make it 7-3. But a ground out ended the inning and the game.

Miami starting pitcher Nathan Williams went 4.1 innings, allowing six hits and three runs, two earned and got the loss.

Ohio (14-39, 9-18 MAC) did not qualify for the MAC tournament, so its season is over.

Miami (25-28, 14-13) secured the No. 5 seed in the MAC tournament and will play May 22 at 9 a.m. against No. 4 Ball State.

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