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AVON, Ohio –
Buffalo and Ohio combined for the first four homeruns of the 2012 MAC Tournament in Thursday’s second elimination game, but it was Alex Baldock’s tenth inning RBI double that gave the Bulls a 6-5 win over the Bobcats, their first MAC Tournament win in school history.
Baldock went two for five with a homerun, a double and two RBI’s. Baldock’s homerun came after the first homerun at the MAC Tournament’s new home, going back-to-back with Tom Murphy. Baldock later stepped-up to the plate with runners at first and second and blasted a two-out double into the gap to end the game.
For Ohio, down to their final out in the ninth, Tyler Wells blasted a homerun over the leftfield wall on a 2-1 count to send the game to extras. Also homering for the Bobcats was Logan Cozart, as he gave Ohio a 4-3 lead in the seventh.
The game marked the final game in the career of Bobcat head coach Joe Carbone, who retires after 23 seasons at Ohio with a career record of 688-611-2.
Buffalo moves on to face the loser of Kent State and Western Michigan Friday at 9AM. Ohio’s season ends with the loss, and the Bobcats finish 28-29 in 2012.
Top 2: Ohio 1, Buffalo 0
Cody Gaertner opened the second inning with a leadoff single to get the Bobcats second runner of the ballgame. Following a Douglas Holmes single, and a double-play that allowed Gaertner to advance to third, Logan Cozart drove an RBI single to right, scoring Gaertner.
Bottom 4: Buffalo 3, Ohio 1
Back-to-back blasts by Buffalo’s Tom Murphy and Alex Baldock put a three-spot on the board in the fourth. Murphy’s homerun came with Jason Kanzler on base after reaching on a walk.
Top 5: Ohio 2, Buffalo 3
Ben Otto reached in the fifth with a one-out single, and after a walk to Ethan Newton and Tyler Wells was hit by a pitch, Jake Madsen delivered with a sacrifice fly to center.
Top 6: Ohio 4, Buffalo 3
Douglas Holmes reached on a single with one out, after a fly out to left, Cozart sent a long ball over the left-center wall, for his second and third RBI’s of the game.
Bottom 7: Buffalo 5, Ohio 4
Michael Scarcello reached on a single through the left and advanced to second on a Ryan Tulloch single. After Russ Carone replaced Tulloch as a pinch runner, Jon Mestas sent a sac fly to right scoring Scarcello and sending Carone to third. Next, Matt Pollock singled to center bringing in Carone.
Top 9: Ohio 5, Buffalo 5
With two outs in the ninth, Tyler Wells took the 2-1 pitch deep and gone to tie the game at five.