Feb. 24, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. – Despite three home runs from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team dropped a 12-4 decision at No. 10 Georgia Tech Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 2-2 on the season while the Yellow Jackets improve to 5-1.
After a scoreless first, Dezse put the Buckeyes up in the top of the second with a solo shot to left off Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer. The long ball was his second home run of the season and second in as many games. Ohio State then proceeded to load the bases with two down after walks by David Corna and Greg Solomon and an infield single by Brad Hallberg but a flyout by Kirby Pellant ended the Ohio State threat.
However, the Yellow Jackets responded with a pair in the bottom of the inning to take the 2-1 lead. Zane Evans and Jake Davies each doubled to lead off the inning and a one-out single by Sam Dove scored Davies to give Georgia Tech the lead.
Georgia Tech added to its lead with four more in the bottom of the third. Kyle Wren walked to lead off the inning and Brandon Thomas followed by chopping a double over the head of Dezse at first to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Daniel Palka scored Wren on an RBI groundout and Evans singled to center to score Thomas and make it 4-2 Georgia Tech. Paul Kronenfeld then doubled down the right-field line with two out to plate Evans and Dove singled to center to score Kronenfeld and make it 6-1 Georgia Tech after three.
Chase Butler then led off the fourth with a home run to right-center that carried just over the wall for a 7-1 Georgia Tech lead. Wren then followed with a walk and Ohio State starter Brett McKinney was chased from the game in favor of Paul Geuy. The senior right-hander came in and picked off Wren but allowed two more runs as the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead to 9-1 after four frames.
After a scoreless fifth, Dezse tallied his second long ball of the day, a mammoth shot to left with one down in the sixth. Corna then walked with two down and scored on a double to deep center by Hallberg to make it 9-3 Georgia Tech.
After Georgia Tech added one in the sixth and two in the seventh to make it 12-3, Dezse notched his third home run of the day, this one to right field, to cut the lead to 12-4 Yellow Jackets. The three home runs tied an Ohio State single-game record last accomplished by Chad Ehrnsberger on May 3, 1998 against Indiana.
Dezse finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored while Hallberg went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
“I did a good job getting deep in the count,” Dezse said. “I was able to lay off a couple good sliders and found fastballs. The last at-bat, I knew I wasn’t going to see a fastball so I sat on a curveball, got it up in the jetstream and it got out.”
Farmer picked up the win for Georgia Tech, giving up three earned runs over six innings. Dove led the Yellow Jackets with three hits.
The Buckeyes take on the Yellow Jackets at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Russ Chandler Stadium.