Feb. 26, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Ohio State baseball team dropped its series finale at No. 10 Georgia Tech, 13-4, Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 3-3 on the season while the Yellow Jackets move to 6-2.
The Buckeyes took the early lead for the third time in the series when Kirby Pellant smoked a triple down the right-field line to lead off the game and was driven in on a sacrifice fly to right by Ryan Cypret to make it 1-0 Ohio State.
However, the Yellow Jackets bounced right back to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Ohio State starter Greg Greve issued back-to-back walks to Kyle Wren and Brandon Thomas to lead off the inning, then induced a groundout by Daniel Palka and struck out Zane Evans but with two down Jake Davies hit a line drive over the wall in right-center to put Georgia Tech on top.
Georgia Tech added to its lead in the third when Connor Lynch cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double to deep left to push the advantage to 6-1 after three innings. Sam Dove then drove in Palka with a two-out single through the right side after David Fathalikani had come on to relieve Greve to make it 7-1 after four innings.
The Buckeyes threatened in the top of the fifth, putting runners on the corners with one out, when Joe Ciamacco doubled to left to lead off the inning and Greg Solomon singled but Pellant grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the rally.
After Georgia Tech plated six in the fifth, Ohio State scored a pair in the top of the sixth to make it 13-3 Yellow Jackets. Tim Wetzel singled to lead off the inning and Cypret walked, Wetzel scored on a sacrifice fly by David Corna and Cypret came home on an RBI single by Ciamacco.
The Buckeyes added one more to close out the scoring in the top of the seventh to make it 13-4 when Solomon reached on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Wetzel.
Pellant and Ciamacco each had two hits for the Buckeyes while Davies and Lynch had three apiece for Georgia Tech.
The Buckeyes travel to Port Charlotte, Fla., next weekend for the Snowbird Classic and will take on Michigan, Villanova and play a doubleheader against Western Michigan.
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