Falcons Can't Overcome Early Deficit In 7-6 Setback
13abc.com Joe Nugent, Sports Anchor/Reporter - email
Bowling Green State University received a $1 million gift from former great and BGSU Athletics Hall of Famer Gary Haas on Saturday, prior to the Falcons hosting the Bobcats in the second game of the weekend series. The gift was the largest ever given to the Bowling Green State University baseball program. To read more about Haas's philanthropy, CLICK HERE.
Following the announcement, BGSU pitchers would issue six free passes in the first inning, leading to four Ohio runs. Ohio did not get their first hit of the game until the fourth inning, but Bowling Green trailed 4-0 after one inning on Saturday.
The Falcons would chip into the Bobcats' lead in the bottom of the second, as T.J. Losby led off the inning with a walk. It was the 21st consecutive game in which Losby has reached base at least once. A two-out single by Patrick Lancaster would put runners on the corners. Following a walk to Logan Walker, the bases were loaded with two outs for Jesse Rait. Rait would line a 3-2 pitch into right field, scoring two Falcons and cutting the Ohio lead in half.
The Falcons would once again cut into the OU deficit in the bottom of the third inning, as Jake Thomas led things off with a double to left center field. He would advance to third on Jeremy Shay's fly out to center field, and score on Losby's groundout to short.
The Bobcats would tack on a run with three straight, two-out hits to take a 5-3 lead after the top of the fourth.
Bowling Green would score a run to close the deficit to one, at 5-4, in the bottom of the fifth. Thomas would line a one-out triple to right-center field, his sixth extra-base hit of the weekend. After a walk to Shay, Losby would bring Thomas home with a sacrifice fly to center field.
A double with one out and a two-out single by Ohio would increase their lead to 6-4 in the top of the sixth.
The Orange and Brown wouldn't go away in the bottom of the sixth, as Lancaster earned a free base after being hit by a pitch with one out. Logan Walker would greet Ohio relief pitcher Jake Miller with a two-run home run to right-center field, tying the game at 6-6.
Ohio would retake the lead for good in the top of the seventh against Falcon reliever Ben Singer, as they would drop in a bloop double to get things started with one out. A wild pitch would advance the runner to third, and a single to shallow left field would give the Bobcats the decisive run.