Baseball: Bobcats Suffer Sixth Straight Loss

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Five runs allowed in the first inning proved to be too much to overcome for Ohio against Xavier.

Ohio starting pitcher Marck Paliotto allowed five runs on six hits in the first inning, giving Xavier a huge cushion right from the start. The first five hitters in the inning all had a single before Paliotto finally recorded an out. Overall, Xavier brought ten batters up in the first.

Paliotto would give up two more runs in the third inning after two doubles and Ohio's second defensive error of the game to make it 7-0 Xavier after three innings.

The Bobcats did not even have a hitter reach base against Xavier starter Scott Klever until two outs into the fourth inning, when Jake Madsen lined a single to center. After the Madsen single, Jensen Painter hit a towering two-run home run to left field to get the Bobcats on the board at 7-2.

Paliotto would only go three innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs, and walking one. His replacement in the fourth inning, Tyler Stage, walked his first two batters and allowed one run to score on a single to make it 8-2 Xavier after four innings of play.

Xavier would tack on another run to their lead in the sixth off reliever Sean Kennedy to make it 9-2.

Ohio did not have another baserunner after the Painter home run until the eigth inning. Dan Schmidt had a leadoff walk, followed by a hit batter and an infield single to load the bases with one out. Ethan Newton drove in a run on an infield single, and Douglas Holmes, pinch hitting for Tyler Wells, had an RBI fielder’s choice. The threat was ended after Jake Madsen flied out to left to end the inning and make it 9-4.

The Ohio Bobcats have now lost six straight games and eight of their last nine.