Ohio State Tops Pittsburgh, 6-2, at Keith LeClair Classic
Feb. 28, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Ohio State baseball team received a strong start from senior right-hander Greg Greve in a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Keith LeClair Classic Friday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-2 on the season while the Panthers fall to 4-3.
“It’s good to get the win to open the weekend with a win, especially over a quality ACC opponent like Pittsburgh,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We got a great outing from Greve, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and we were able to get two extra-base hits in the first inning to put a pair of runs on the board which really set the tempo for the game.”
The Buckeyes wasted no time getting to Pittsburgh starter Matt Wotherspoon. Troy Kuhn led off with a single to center and Jacob Bosiokovic followed with a triple down the left field line and the 1-0 Ohio State lead. Pat Porter then doubled to right to score Bosiokovic to give the Buckeyes the 2-0 advantage.
Ohio State added two more in the top of the fifth. Craig Nennig and Tim Wetzel led off the inning with a pair of singles and advanced a base on a fly out to center by Kuhn. Nennig then came around to score when Bosiokovic hit into a fielder’s choice to push the Ohio State lead to 3-0 and Wetzel scored on a double steal attempt to make it 4-0 Ohio State.
The Buckeye lead then was pushed to 5-0 when Kuhn took Wotherspoon deep to left-center with two down in the top of the seventh for his first-career home run.
In the meantime, Greve was cruising through six no-hit innings before giving up a single to center by Casey Roche to lead off the seventh. The senior right-hander was lifted in favor of Travis Lakins after going 6.0 innings, allowing the one hit and striking out a career-high nine.
The freshman struck out Steven Shelinsky for the first out of the inning but allowed a double to left-center by Jordan Frabasilio to put Panthers on second and third before a walk to Eric Hess loaded the bases. However, Lakins bounced back to get Matt Johnson to pop out to short and pinch-hitter Nick Yarnall to ground out to second as Ohio State preserve the 5-0 lead.
The Buckeyes added to the lead in the top of the eighth. Porter led off the inning with a single, stole second and came around to score on a two-out single to left by Zach Ratcliff to make it a 6-0 game.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the bottom of the frame when Stephen Vranka reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a two-out infield single by Roche to cut the lead to 6-1.
The Panthers threatened again in the bottom of the ninth when Frabasilio led off the inning with a double to right-center before Hess walked and Johnson singled home Frabasilio to make it a 6-2 game. Trace Dempsey then came on for the Buckeyes with runners on first and second and nobody out and pinch-hitter A.J. Lardo reached on a single to load the bases. However, Dempsey struck out Dylan Wolsonovich looking before getting Vranka to pop out and Boo Vazquez to ground out to end the game.
Kuhn, Bosiokovic, Porter and Ratcliff each tallied two-hit games for the Buckeyes while Greve picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season. Dempsey recorded the last three outs of the ninth for his third save of the season.
Ohio State faces Western Kentucky at 11:05 a.m. Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.