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Baseball Drops Series Finale

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The Bobcats’ home-openening series away from home in Chillcothe, Ohio, ended as a losing series as they dropped the finale 7-4 to the Siena Saints.

Ohio left-hander Evan Geist’s day was shortened by the Saints, as he only made it through 3 and 2/3 innings. The redshirt senior ran into trouble in the second inning, where he gave up all four of the runs he allowed, three of which were earned.

An error got Siena’s leadoff man aboard, and two walks loaded the bases with no outs. The Saints (3-11) took advantage with a pair of RBI-doubles. The first came fromr Brett Connors, who doubled off the wall in left center. Dan Swain’s dropped along the right field line to put the Saints up four runs.

Geist allowed three hits, struck out four batters and walked six before taking the loss.

The second was a busy one for the ‘Cats (10-6) bats as well, as they responded with three runs in their half on the inning.

Tyler Wells lead off the inning with a single for the Bobcats first hit, and another single from Cody Gaertner put runners on the corners with no outs. John Adryan drove in Wells for Ohio’s first run with a sacrifice fly to deep center. Tyler Finkler’s double of the center field wall brought in Adryan, and Finkler crossed home plate with a single from Manny DeJesus.

Both teams scored a run in the sixth. Siena’s Brian Fay added on with an RBI-double to right, and Garrett Black gave Ohio its fourth run with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Christian Botter took the mound for Ohio in the eighth, in relief of Tom Colletti. Colletti was solid in 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing just a run on three hits.

Fay struck again and tacked on some Siena insurance runs in the top of the eighth with a two-run double that dropped right on the right field foul line.

Siena scored all of its runs on doubles, and Fay led the charge for the offense with three RBI on two doubles.

The ‘Cats outhit the Saints 9-8, drew 10 walks, but left 14 runners on base.

“That’s how hitting goes,” Ohio head coach Rob Smith said. “That’s why we constantly stress pitching an defense, because hitting can come and go and has its ups and downs.”

The Saints sent eight pitchers to the mound on Sunday. Only Chris Amorisi and Kyano Cummings pitched more than an inning of work.

Ohio has a quick turnaround, as it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington, Ken., Tuesday at 4 p.m.