Ohio Baseball Takes On Bobcat Alumni

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The Bobcats welcomed the alumni back for their homecoming, but it wasn’t as sweet for the alums as the Bobcats beat them in an exhibition game 15-4.

The Bobcats broke the game wide open early posting seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The ‘Cats had the bases loaded when John Adryan belted a double scoring all three base runners. That gave the Bobcats a 4-2 lead, which was quickly added to with a Tyler Wells RBI double and a Kyle Dean RBI triple.

Just in case the seven runs in the first inning weren’t enough, the Bobcats tacked on four more in the bottom of the eighth.  Brice Nikithser crushed a RBI triple to right center and then scored on a wild pitch.

The alumni opened up the game with a two-run double off the base of the wall by Jensen Painter (Class of 2012). They tacked up one more run in the second inning but then were held scoreless until the eighth.  The alumni were able to get on base often, finishing the night with nine hits, but they failed to score runners when they had them on base. In the sixth inning the alums stranded runners on every base, leaving them loaded.

The alumni team was showcased by Steve Swisher (Class of 1973) who is still the only player to ever be drafted in the first round out of Ohio University. A lot of familiar faces filled the lineup card as well, with recent graduates such as Dan Schmidt, Ben Otto, Marck Paliotto, and Brett Barber.

Both teams struggled holding onto the ball, committing five errors total. On top of that there were multiple wild pitches that allowed two runners on two different occasions to score from third base.

There was one ball that left the yard when Kyle Dean smacked a solo home run to left field knocking in his second of two RBIs of the night.

This game was just an exhibition, but it does give spectators a chance to see what talent the Bobcats will showcase this year. A schedule has not been released yet for the upcoming Ohio Baseball season, but it is expected to be announced soon.