Bats Come Alive, King Solid as Ohio State Tops Central Michigan, 8-1
March 3, 2013
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DeLAND, Fla. - Behind strong pitching from senior left-hander Brian King and timely hitting, the Ohio State baseball team defeated Central Michigan, 8-1, Sunday morning at Melching Field in Deland. The Buckeyes improve to 6-4 on the season while the Chippewas fall to 3-7.
Ohio State scored the first run of the game in the top of the third against Central Michigan starter Rick Dodridge when Tim Wetzel doubled to right-center with one down and scored on an error by third baseman Jordan Adams on a ground ball by Brad Hallberg.
The Buckeyes added to their lead with another run in the top of the fourth. A single to right by Pat Porter, a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Bosiokovic, a walk by Joe Ciamacco and a wild pitch put runners at second and third with one out and Craig Nennig followed with an RBI groundout to second to plate Porter and give Ohio State a 2-0 advantage.
After King cruised through the first four frames, Central Michigan cut into the Ohio State lead in the bottom of the fifth. Alec Ornelas led off the inning with a triple off the right-field wall and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Noel Santos to make it a 2-1 game.
Ohio State then added to its lead with three runs in the top of the seventh. After Ciamacco reached on an error and Wetzel was hit by a pitch with one down, Ryan Cypret drilled a triple off the wall in deep right-center to score a pair and chase Dodridge from the game. Sean Renzi then came on in relief for the Chippewas and allowed a sacrifice fly to left by Hallberg to score Cypret and push the Buckeye lead to 5-1.
After giving up the run in the fifth, King settled down nicely to pitch a scoreless sixth and seventh inning before giving way to right-hander Trace Dempsey in the eighth. The senior left-hander tossed 7.0 innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out a career-high seven batters.
Ohio State added three more in the top of the eighth, using RBI singles from Bosiokovic and Ciamacco and a Central Michigan fielding error to extend the lead to 8-1.
Dempsey pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, striking out a batter, as the Buckeyes came away with the victory.
Wetzel and Gretz each had a pair of hits for the Buckeyes. King picked up the win to move to 2-1 on the season while Dodridge suffered the loss to fall to 1-2.
Ohio State travels to South Carolina for four games in Myrtle Beach and another at Charleston Southern March 8-12.
- Wetzel's double was his fifth of the season, marking a career high.
- Gretz extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games.
- Cypret has reached base safely in all 10 games and Wetzel has reached safely in the last nine contests.
- With his outing Sunday, King has allowed just one earned run on eight hits while striking out 13 in 14.0 innings pitched over his last two starts.
Buckeyes Headed to Louisville Regional