March 2, 2013
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DeLAND, Fla. – Garrett Russini’s walk-off double to plate Tyler Bocock in the bottom of the 12th inning gave Stetson a 3-2 victory over the Ohio State baseball team Saturday evening at Melching Field. The loss drops the Buckeyes to 5-4 on the season while the Hatters improve to 3-5.
The Buckeyes took the lead in the top of the second off Stetson right-hander Josh Powers. Ryan Cypret doubled to right-center with one down and a two-out infield single by Joe Ciamacco put runners at the corners. With Troy Kuhn at the plate, the Buckeyes executed a double steal to score Cypret and give Ohio State the early 1-0 advantage.
Stetson evened the score in the bottom of the third against Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg when Robert Bruce led off the inning with a triple to right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Kevin Fagan.
Ohio State regained the lead with a run in the top of the fifth. Tim Wetzel walked with one down, stole second and came around to score on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Aaron Gretz to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.
The Hatters then took advantage of a walk and a Buckeye error to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Russini walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before Goldberg struck out Darby McCormick for the second out of the inning. David Fathalikhani came on to relieve Goldberg and induced a ground ball by K’shawn Smith but Kuhn’s throw to first was in the dirt and allowed Russini to plate the tying run. With a runner on second and two down, Ryan Riga replaced Fathalikhani and got pinch-hitter Tanner Blackman to ground out to short to end the threat and keep it a 2-2 game.
Neither team was able to muster anything over the final three frames as both bullpens pitched well to send the game into extra innings.
The Buckeyes threatened in the top of the 10th against Stetson reliever Cameron Griffin, putting runners at the corners with two down, but Griffin was able to strike out Pat Porter to end the rally and keep the game tied.
After Brett McKinney threw brilliantly in relief, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing a hit while striking out five, Stetson threatened against Tyler Giannonatti in the bottom of the 12th. Bocock reached on an error when a ground ball took a bad hop on Cypret to lead off the inning, Patrick Mazeika followed with a sacrifice bunt and Carlos Garmendia was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second with one down before Russini’s game-winning double.
Goldberg was not as dominant as his previous two outings but still pitched well, going 5.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out five. Cypret, Ciamacco and Mike Carroll each had two-hit games for the Buckeyes.
Bocock and Russini each had two hits for the Hatters while Griffin picked up the win in relief, striking out seven over 5.0 scoreless frames.
Ohio State concludes the weekend against Central Michigan at 11 a.m. Sunday at Melching Field.