Ohio Wins First Of Doubleheader In Extras, 4-3 Over Bowling Green

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Eric Singer

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Updated Sat, May 11, 2013 6:58 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.

Some extra-innings heroics from Chandler Geller were enough to give the Ohio Bobcats a 4-3 victory over the Bowling Green Falcons in game one of the doubleheader.

With Dan Schmidt sitting on second base and one man out, Scott White drew a walk from Bowling Green pitcher Nick Bruns. That brought Geller to the plate, with still only one out.

Geller, who had only one RBI in 14 at-bats coming into this game, then lined a single into left field, scoring Schmidt from second and securing the 4-3 victory for the Bobcats.

Ohio (13-35, 8-14) got it rolling early as the senior, Schmidt, led off the second inning by smashing a pitch into deep left field, ending up on third with a triple.

But Schmidt wouldn’t be on second base long, as the next batter Ben Otto lined a single into left field, scoring Schmidt and giving Ohio an early 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Kyle Dean sliced one down the right field line, scoring Otto from third and increasing the lead to 2-0.

It would remain a 2-0 game into the sixth where Marck Paliotto, who had cruised along through five innings, found himself in some trouble in the inning.

After Bowling Green’s Brian Bien reached on a fielder’s choice, two wild pitches from Paliotto had Bien standing at third base with only one out, which prompted Coach Rob Smith to remove Paliotto for Brett Barber.

The Falcons (16-26, 10-12) capitalized on the opportunity, getting a pair of RBI singles from Pat Lancaster and TJ Losby, and a rocket RBI double from Jeremy Shay, giving Bowling Green the 3-2 advantage.

However, Ohio did not wait long to make its comeback to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the sixth, Schmidt and Scott White gave Ohio runners on first and third with only one out. Two batters later, sophomore Tyler Wells hooked a single down the left field line scoring Schmidt to tie the game up at three.

Paliotto made his team-leading 16th start on Saturday and threw five and one third innings of six-hit, three-run baseball while striking out three, but was given a no-decision.

Sophomore Logan Cozart (1-3) pitched a scoreless 10th, and picked up the win for the Bobcats. Senior Nick Bruns (3-1) pitched the 10th inning for the Falcons and was credited for the loss in the game, his first of the season.

Schmidt and Nick Squires led the Bobcats offensively with a combined six hits in 10 at-bats and three runs scored.

The Bobcats return to the field for game two of the doubleheader at 6 p.m., and then finish the series against the Falcons on Sunday for Senior Day at Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch Sunday is set for 1 p.m.

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