Feb. 25, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Ohio State baseball team bounced back to top No. 10 Georgia Tech, 7-3, Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 3-2 on the season while Georgia Tech drops to 5-2.
The Buckeyes jumped out to the early lead for the second consecutive game when Tim Wetzel hit a one-out solo home run to right for his first career long ball.
Ohio State then pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second. Mike Carroll reached on an error to lead off the inning, David Corna singled to right and Brad Hallberg walked to load the bases. Joe Ciamacco, making his first start of the season, drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Carroll and Greg Solomon followed by grounding into a double play but Corna was able to score the Buckeyes’ third run of the game.
The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when A.J. Murray walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out bloop single down the right-field line by Zane Evans.
However, the Buckeyes answered right back with three in the top of the fourth. After loading the bases with nobody out for the third consecutive inning, Kirby Pellant drove in Hallberg with an RBI single through the right side, Ciamacco scored on a double-play ball by Wetzel and Dezse plated Solomon with a two-out single to center.
In the meantime, Ohio State starter Brian King continued to cruise until he was relieved by Jaron Long after five innings of three-hit ball. Georgia Tech plated one in the sixth when Mott Hyde doubled in Sam Dove but Ohio State answered right back when Corna led off the top of the seventh with a solo shot to left to make it 7-2 in favor of the Buckeyes.
The Yellow Jackets scored one more on a two-out RBI single by Daniel Palka in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Ohio State lead to 7-3. Georgia Tech could have closed the gap further but Ciamacco made a great diving catch in left-center to rob Dove of extra bases to end the inning.
Long was then able to shut the door, fanning four over the final two frames.
Wetzel finished the day 4-for-5 with a home run while Corna and Hallberg recorded two hits apiece. King moved to 2-0 on the season, allowing one earned over five innings while striking out four. Long earned his first career save, striking out five over four innings.
The rubber game of the three-game set between the Buckeyes and Yellow Jackets is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium.