Feb. 24, 2013
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team extended its win streak to five games with a 13-4 win over Mount St. Mary’s Sunday at North Charlotte Regional Park. With the win, the Buckeyes move to 5-2 on the season while Mount St. Mary’s falls to 2-3.
Mount St. Mary’s took the early lead in the top of the first against Ohio State starter Jake Post. Making his first career start, the freshman retired the first two batters he faced but walked Mark Quaranta and gave up a two-run home run to left by Sam Nott for the 2-0 advantage.
The Buckeyes got a run back in the bottom of the inning off Mount St. Mary’s starter Jordan Lawson. Ryan Cypret doubled to left-center with one down, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Brad Hallberg.
Ohio State then took the lead with a pair in the bottom of the second. Pat Porter singled to center with one down, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Tim Wetzel. After Troy Kuhn singled through the right side to put runners on first and second, Kirby Pellant singled up the middle to plate Wetzel and give the Buckeyes the 3-2 lead.
The Mount answered right back to tie it in the top of the third. Nick Walker walked with one down and a single by Jay Knight put runners at the corners. Mount St. Mary’s then executed a double steal to score Walker and knot the game at 3-3.
Back-to-back doubles by Hallberg and Aaron Gretz plated a run and chased Lawson from the game in favor of right-hander Kevin Myers. After a fly out by Jacob Bosiokovic, Porter doubled down the right-field line to score Gretz and push the Buckeye lead to 5-3 after three innings of play.
Ryan Riga then came on in relief of Post in the top of the fourth. Riga retired the first two batters but Jack Schwartz walked with two down, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single by Zane Bard to cut the Ohio State lead to 5-4.
However, the Buckeyes used singles by Kuhn, Greg Solomon and Pellant, three walks and a hit batter to plate five runs off a pair of Mount St. Mary’s relievers in the bottom of the fourth to push the Ohio State lead to 10-4.
Ohio State tacked on another in the bottom of the seventh when Joe Ciamacco led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to right by Kuhn to extend the Buckeye advantage to 11-4.
The Buckeyes then added two more with the help of a Gretz double, a Ciamacco triple and a Mount St. Mary’s error to make it a 13-4 game and cap the scoring.
McKinney earned his first win of the season for the Buckeyes while Lawson suffered the loss for Mount St. Mary’s. Pellant went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Kuhn finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ohio State takes on Connecticut, Stetson and Central Michigan next weekend in DeLand, Fla.
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