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Central Michigan Sweeps Ohio

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Another Ohio Bobcats (15-15) comeback fell short Sunday afternoon to Central Michigan as the Chippewas beat the Bobcats 4-2 to secure the series sweep.

Yet again, Central Michigan broke the tie early in the third inning.

CMU’s Reed Adams reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Jason Sullivan singled in between third basemen Connor Callery and shortstop Tyler Finkler to score Adams.

Starter Pat Leatherman stifled the Bobcat bats all game. Leatherman pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, one run with seven strikeouts.

Michael Klein opposed Leatherman and pitched just as well.

Klein threw six innings, allowing seven hits with two runs with three strikeouts.

The Chippewas added one more run in the fourth inning but put the dagger in the hearts of Ohio in the seventh inning with a two-out, two-run single from Evan Kratt off reliever Tom Colletti.

Ohio crossed the plate later in the bottom half of the seventh.

Callery singled up the middle and Tony Giannini doubled down the right field line, setting up Finkler with one out. Finkler singled up the middle and Callery scored.

The Bobcats scored again in the eighth inning after Klein and Ty Black walked following Nick Bredeson’s leadoff single.

Rott safety squeezed a bunt to score Bredeson, but a Callery groundout ended the threat.

The Bobcats made solid contact all day at t ehplate but just hit everything right to the Chippewa defense.

“Quite frankly, we hit some balls on the screws,” Ohio coach Rob Smith said. “Connor Callery barreled up two balls, Spencer Ibarra hit every ball today right on the barrel and did not get much for it. We hit some balls hard, but their guys caught them because their pitcher threw it over the plate.”

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday night to start a six-game away stretch against Youngstown State.

First pitch is set for 5 p.m.