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.