Michael Klein struck out eight over 5.2 innings to earn the win on the mound, and reached base safely four times at the plate to lead Ohio over Siena Baseball 6-4 in the decisive rubber game of the series in Athens, Ohio. Klein went 2-for-3 out of the cleanup spot in the Bobcats’ order with a pair of walks, an RBI and a stolen base.
Junior first baseman Joe Drpich and classmate Dan Lowndes each recorded two hits apiece for Siena (4-12) which tallied 10 as a team, but also stranded 10 runners on base. Freshman Josh DelSignore recorded his first collegiate hit in dramatic fashion, homering in the ninth off Ohio (11-7) closer Jake Roehn for the latter’s first run allowed in 13.2 innings of relief this season.
Leadoff hitter Spencer Ibarra went 3-for-3 with three runs scored in serving as the catalyst for a Bobcats’ offense which scored in five of the first six innings off five different Siena hurlers.
Ohio scored single runs in three of the first four innings to mount an early 3-0 advantage. The Saints responded with single runs in each of the next three innings, but the Bobcats matched them in the home half of the first two of those frames to hold off the rally.
After playing their first 16 games of the season in the Southeast and Midwest, the Saints finally return to the Northeast next weekend with their first games of 2017 in the Empire State. Siena opens a four-game weekend series with a doubleheader Saturday at NYIT, before being scheduled to make their 2017 Capital Region debut Sunday for two contests vs. the Bears at Siena Field.