March 9, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team pounded out 17 hits in a 17-2 victory over Marist Friday afternoon at Watson Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 7-4 while Marist drops to 2-4.
“For me, the story of the day was the fact that we pitched well and played solid defense,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “If we do that, we’ll win a lot of games. We won’t score 17 runs a game but we can pitch and play good defense. It was good to see Brett McKinney follow up his nice performance last week with a good outing today and it’ll provide a big boost for our pitching staff this weekend. I was also happy to see Matt Panek get his first college experience and handle it well.”
Ohio State took the early 1-0 lead in the first when Ryan Cypret drew a two-out walk and scored when Josh Dezse dribbled a single down the third base line and the throw to first by Marist pitcher Chad Gallagher sailed down the right field line and plated the first Ohio State run.
Marist responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the first to tie it when Alec Petrone singled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out bloop single by Mike Orefice.
Ohio State answered right back with a pair to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the second. Brad Hallberg and Kirby Pellant both singled to start the inning. Greg Solomon then drove Hallberg home with a sacrifice fly to right and, after Pellant stole second and third, Aaron Gretz drove the junior home from third for the second run of the inning.
David Corna then pushed the Ohio State lead to 4-1 with a one-out solo home run to center off Gallagher in the top of the third.
Marist plated one in the bottom of the third to cut the Ohio State lead to 4-2 but Ohio State blew the game open with a seven-run fourth to make it 11-2. After Solomon and Joe Ciamacco singled and Gretz walked to load the bases, Tim Wetzel drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the first run of the inning. Cypret then drilled a grand slam to left-center, his first home run of the season, to clear the bases. Dezse was then hit by a pitch to chase Gallagher.
Dezse later scored on a bases-loaded walk by Pellant and Corna scored on a sacrifice fly by Solomon after he singled to push the lead to 11-2.
The Buckeyes then added two more in the top of the fifth when Hallberg lined a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line to score Cypret and Corna.
Ohio State capped off the scoring with four more in the eighth, including a two-run double to left-center by Cypret, to make it 17-2.
Freshman left-hander Panek relieved McKinney in the ninth, tossing a perfect frame to close out the game.
Cypret went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a career-high six RBI while Pellant had a career-best three hits. Ciamacco, Corna, Hallberg and Solomon also tallied two-hit games for the Buckeyes.
“I found myself in favorable counts for most of the game,” Cypret said. “I put some good swings on the ball and was able to put together good at-bats when I was ahead in the count.”
McKinney picked up the win to even his record at 2-2. The junior right-hander went eight innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out five.
The Buckeyes are back in action with a pair of games Saturday, taking on Coastal Carolina at Noon and Toledo at 5 p.m.
- The 17 runs and 17 hits for the Buckeyes both marked season-highs.
- Phil Jaskot, Ryan Wonders and Panek each made their first appearance in a game for Ohio State.
- Ciamacco extended his hitting streak to a career-high six games.
- Over his last two starts, McKinney has allowed just four earned runs in 17.0 innings pitched.
- The Buckeyes tallied at least one run in each of the first five innings and six innings overall.
- Cypret’s six runs batted in marked an individual season high for the Buckeyes.