March 10, 2012
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team split two games at the Chanticleer Classic Saturday. The Buckeyes dropped the first game of the day, a 4-1 decision at Coastal Carolina, in what proved to be a great pitchers’ duel between Ohio State’s Jaron Long and the Chanticleers’ Josh Conway. Ohio State bounced back in the second game of the day, defeating Toledo, 13-1, behind a strong pitching performance from John Kuchno and four hits from Ryan Cypret.
In the meantime, Long cruised through six shutout innings, scattering four hits. However, the sophomore ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. Daniel Bowman reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and stole second. Tucker Frawley was then able to sacrifice Bowman over to third as Bowman advanced safely on a very close call at third base. After a fly out by Alex Buccilli gave the Buckeyes the first out of the inning, Tripp Martin laid down a squeeze bunt to score Bowman and tie the game.
After a scoreless top of the eighth, Long was lifted in favor of Trace Dempsey with one down in the bottom of the inning. The freshman right-hander walked Rich Witten and Bowman followed with an RBI triple to deep center to give the Chanticleers the lead. Frawley followed with an RBI double down the left field line to plate Bowman and Buccilli singled to score Frawley and cap the scoring at 4-1.
Long did not factor in the decision, tossing a career-high 7.1 innings while striking out a career-best seven and allowing one earned run. Joe Ciamacco, Cypret and Pellant each had a hit for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State almost took the lead in the bottom of the second when Pellant walked, stole second and tried to score on a two-out single by Aaron Gretz but the Buckeye shortstop was thrown out on a close play at the plate by Ben Hammer.
The Buckeyes then plated three to open the scoring in the bottom of the third. Ciamacco, Wetzel, Cypret and Josh Dezse all singled to start the inning and give the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage. After a Carroll groundout, Pellant was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Cypret to push the lead to 3-0.
Ohio State then tacked on another in the bottom of the fourth when Wetzel reached on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Cypret.
The Buckeyes blew the game wide open with an eight-run sixth, bolstered by two-out doubles from Cypret and Gretz.
Ohio State received another solid start, this time out of right-hander John Kuchno. The sophomore tossed six scoreless, allowing just three hits while striking out four to pick up his second win of the season.
After Toledo tallied a run in the top of the seventh, the Buckeyes added one on an RBI fielder’s choice by Porter in the bottom of the eighth to cap the scoring.
Cypret went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored while Patrick Porter and Gretz had two hits apiece.
The Buckeyes (8-5) wrap up the weekend against Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday.
- Long’s streak without a walk to start the season ended after 22.1 innings with a one-out walk in the eighth inning against Coastal Carolina.
- Over his last two outings, Long has allowed just two earned runs over 14.2 innings pitched.
- Ciamacco extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games.
- Patrick Porter picked up the first two hits of his collegiate career against Toledo.
- The two Ohio State starters Saturday, Long and Kuchno, combined to give up one earned run on nine hits while striking out 11 over 13.1 innings pitched.
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