Baseball drop heartbreaker to Ohio
The Bears fall short in extra innings in upset bid of NCAA-I Bobcats
Athens, Ohio – Shawnee State baseball fell in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday night, falling to NCAA Division I opponent Ohio 6-5 in 10 innings.
Ohio would take an early lead in the bottom of the third inning. Aaron Levy would lead off by reaching on an error by third baseman Sam Gerhold. With one out, Rudy Rott would move Levy over to second base with a groundout. Tanner Piechnick would then hit a single to left field, scoring Levy and putting Ohio up 1-0 on Shawnee State.
Ohio would add another run in the bottom of the fourth. Tony Giannini would lead off with a single, and get to third on Treyben Funderburg’s double. Levy would then single through the hole at second base, scoring Giannini to put the Bobcats up 2-0.
OU would again put another run up in the bottom of the fifth. Rott would lead off the inning with a triple. With one out, Trevor Hafner would hit a sacrifice fly to center field, driving in Rott to put OU up 3-0.
Shawnee State would get on the board in the top of the sixth. Christian Helton would single over to third base, and steal second during Seth Clements’ at-bat. Clements would then single up the middle, moving Helton to third. JT Boggs would then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Helton to cut the Ohio lead to 3-1.
However, the Bobcats would score two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Devon Garcia would walk, and would get to second on a wild pitch. Rott would then single to right field, scoring Garcia to extend the Ohio lead back to three runs at 4-1; Rott would take second on a throwing error by Levi Jones. Piechnick would then double in Rott to put Ohio up 5-1.
Shawnee State would begin a late rally with a run in the top of the seventh. With one out, pinch hitter Cameron Broughton would single down the left field line, and get to second on Alex Medina’s walk. Blake Marshall would then reach on a fielding error by Funderberg to load the bases. Helton would then hit a line drive to left field, scoring Broughton on the sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-2.
The rally would continue in the top of the eighth with another Shawnee State run. Levi Jones would single through the left side, and be followed by Chase Thurber’s single to left field to put two on with one out. Danny McGuire then singled to left field, driving in Jones to cut the lead to 5-3.
Shawnee State would then tie the game in the top of the ninth. Joseph Campos would lead off by pinch-hitting, and getting hit by a pitch from Jake Roehn. Marshall would then walk, and Helton would move both runners over with a bunt. Clement would ground out to third, driving in Campos to cut the lead to one; Marshall would get to third on the play. JT Boggs would then double to right-center, driving in Marshall to tie the game at 5-5 heading to extra innings.
Ohio would break Shawnee State’s hearts in the bottom of the 10th inning. Joe Loyd would come on to replace Jaime West, and would get one out. However, Rott would come in clutch with a walk-off solo home run to win the game 6-5 for Ohio.
Eddie Kutt would pitch one scoreless inning of relief in the top of the 10th to get the win, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out three. Loyd would take the loss, allowing the solo home run to Rott.
The loss drops Shawnee State to 12-20 on the season. Ohio improves to 16-15.
Shawnee State baseball returns to Mid-South Conference play on Friday with a rescheduled doubleheader against Georgetown. The doubleheader was moved up from Saturday. First pitch is set for 12:00pm, moved up from the 3:00pm first pitch originally scheduled.