Updated Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:12 pm
Ohio saw their losing streak continue as a five-spot, as the seventh inning cost them a chance at a comeback. The five runs were enough to put the Zips lead out of reach as they won, 7-1.
The bottom of the seventh inning was when things got out of control for the ‘Cats.
It started when Jake Rudnicki, Ohio’s starter, allowed two runners to get aboard early. He was pulled for Corey Wells, who proceeded to walk the bases loaded. He then walked the following batter extending Akron’s lead to 3-1. Back-to-back singles added three more runs for Akron, putting Ohio in the danger zone down 6-1.
Rudnicki was charged for those first two runners that crossed the plate, bruising his final stat line to four earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
The Zips pitching was too much to handle for Ohio as Akron only allowed the ‘Cats to land two total hits.
JT Brubaker got the starting nod for the Zips and pitched a strong six innings before picking up his third win of the season. He was followed by Masashi Sakamoto, who ended the game with a three-inning save since he entered the ballgame before the Zips had added to their lead.
The ‘Cats were finally able to record a hit in the seventh when John Adryan singled, moving Jake Madsen to third after he was walked earlier in the inning. Taylor Emody followed that with a sacrifice fly to right field bringing Ohio within one run.
Adryan was the only Bobcat who was able to record a hit.
The loss puts the ‘Cats at 1-10 in MAC play and moves them three games out of the fifth place slot. The ‘Cats are now on a nine-game losing strak for the second time this season and have lost 22 of their last 24 games.