Ohio Defeats Ball State 5-2 In MAC Tournament Opener

Updated 5/17/2000
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    KENT, Ohio (May 17) - The Ohio University Bobcats used crafty pitching and a late-inning power surge to defeat the Ball State University Cardinals 5-2 in the first game of the Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament May 17 at Gene Michael Field in Kent, Ohio.

    Ohio senior and MAC Pitcher of the Year Anthony Schiml picked up the win, improving his record to 9-2 on the season. He went the distance while giving up two runs, one earned, and seven hits. Schiml struck out eight Cardinals, including the last two batters in the seventh.

    "I felt pretty good today, especially coming off of three days rest," Schiml said.

    "He was outstanding, you can't argue with that," Ball State head coach Rich Maloney said. "We knew we were in for a tough game. We just didn't execute when we needed to."

    Ohio (30-23-1) started the scoring in the second inning. After a walk to first baseman Chuck Lombardy and a strikeout to third baseman Jeff Rook, catcher Jeremy Johnson hit an RBI double to left field, scoring Lombardy. Ball State (32-22) answered in the bottom half of the inning as rightfielder Jimmy Long doubled to left scoring catcher Doug Boone. The run was unearned after an error on a foul ball by Ohio second baseman Ryan Kyes.

    The Bobcats scored an unearned run in the third after Lombardy singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a Kyes groundout. Ohio added insurance runs in the sixth inning with a two-run home run to left field by Rook, his 16th of the season, and a solo shot by shortshop Brian Wingfeld, his fifth of the season.

    "I just tried to trace the ball," Rook said. "I was just looking to put the ball into play. Bryan (Bullington) had good stuff out there."

    Ball State scored in the sixth on an RBI single by third baseman Paul Henry, but left the bases loaded as Long fouled out and center fielder Scott French struck out.

    The loss goes to Ball State freshman Bryan Bullington. Bullington went 6 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, and seven hits. Bullington struck out nine Bobcat batters, while only walking two.

    Ohio will face #5 Miami on Thursday at 4 p.m. Ball State tries to avoid elimination Thursday versus the winner of the Kent-Northern Illinois game at 1 p.m.