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Baseball Falls to Ohio in Extra Innings
Release: Saturday 03/10/2017 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State baseball team led 3-1 after three innings, only to see Ohio score single runs in the sixth, seventh and 11th to defeat the Raiders 4-3 Friday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.

WSU took the early lead with a run in the first.  With one out, Zach Weatherford was hit by a pitch and moved up to second on a JD Orr groundout.  Matt Morrow then delivered a single just past the first baseman into right field to drive in Weatherford.

The Bobcats tied in the second before Wright State regained the lead in the third, a rally that started after the first two batters were retired.  Walks to Weatherford and Orr set the stage for Morrow, who had a hit to right center to plate Weatherford.  Orr later scored on a balk to make it 3-1.

Ohio, though, chipped away with single runs in the sixth and seventh to force extra innings and came up with the game-winner in the 11th on a double by Tony Giannini.

The Raiders nearly tied it in the bottom of the 11th.  Gabe Snyder doubled down the right field line to start the frame and moved up to third on a Seth Gray grounder.  After a pop up for the second out, however, the game ended on a diving catch by the center fielder on a ball hit by Nick Weybright.

It was the first time Wright State had played back-to-back extra-inning game since winning at Oakland on April 18 and 19, 2015 (5-2 in 11 innings and 8-3 in 11 innings).  It was also the first back-to-back extra-inning games at Nischwitz Stadium since March 29 and 31, 1997, against UIC (win 5-4 in 10 innings and 4-2 loss in 13 innings).

Morrow finished with two hits and two RBI to lead WSU offensively while on the mound, Derek Hendrixson pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief, retiring all 11 batters he faced with three strikeouts.

Wright State (9-6) hosts Cincinnati on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30.

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