March 8, 2013
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Behind a complete game shutout by Jaron Long and a two-home run, six-RBI day from Jacob Bosiokovic, the Ohio State baseball team topped Harvard, 11-0, Friday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 7-4 on the season while Harvard falls to 1-4.
“It definitely helps to get the bats going early because you can pitch a lot more to the middle of the plate,” Long said. “I tried to keep the ball down and our defense played great. It was a good win to start the trip on the right foot.”
Ohio State took the lead in the bottom of the second against Harvard starter Matt Doyle. Pat Porter led off the innings with a walk and stole second but consecutive groundouts by Brad Hallberg and Mike Carroll left Porter at third with two down. However, Bosiokovic followed with a two-run blast to left, the first long ball of his career, to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead after two innings of play.
The Buckeyes tacked on four more in the bottom of the third. Ohio State led off the inning with singles by Tim Wetzel and Ryan Cypret and a walk by Aaron Gretz to load the bases with nobody out. Porter then cleared them with a three-run triple to right-center and, after groundouts by Hallberg and Carroll, Bosiokovic lined a two-out RBI single to center to score Porter and extend the lead to 6-0.
Ohio State added another against Harvard reliever Joey Sliepka in the bottom of the fifth when Carroll was hit by a pitch with one down, stole second and scored on an RBI single to right by Bosiokovic to make it a 7-0 Buckeye lead.
Bosiokovic then continued the best day in his young collegiate career, lining a two-run shot down off the foul pole down the left-field line to extend the Ohio State advantage to 9-0 after seven frames.
Meanwhile, Long was dominant for the Buckeyes, allowing three hits, two of which were infield singles, while tossing his third-career complete game and second-career complete game shutout. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native allowed just two balls out of the infield while striking out three to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Buckeyes then tacked on two more in the bottom of the eighth when Troy Kuhn reached on a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single through the right side by Gretz and scored on a wild pitch. Gretz then scored on a two-out RBI single to right by Carroll to cap the scoring.
Bosiokovic led the Buckeyes offensively, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, six RBI and a pair of runs scored while Wetzel, Cypret and Carroll each tallied two hits.
Ohio State takes on Ball State at 11 a.m. Saturday at TicketReturn.com Field.
- Aaron Gretz pushed his hitting streak to a career-long nine games while Ryan Cypret extended his hitting streak to eight games.
- Jacob Bosiokovic tallied his first career multiple RBI game with six.
- The multi-home run game for Bosiokovic was the first for a Buckeye since Josh Dezse hit three long balls Feb. 24 of last season.
- The Buckeyes stole six bases against Harvard to move to 32-of-38 for the season.
- Mike Carroll recorded his team-high sixth multi-hit game of the season.
- Cypret has now reached base safely in all 11 games while Tim Wetzel has reached in 10-consecutive games and Gretz in nine-straight contests.
- The shutout by Jaron Long was the first by a Buckeye since he threw one March 31 of last season at Michigan State.
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