Ohio State Falls, 3-1, at Coastal Carolina
March 10, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision at Coastal Carolina Sunday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field. The loss drops the Buckeyes to 8-5 on the season while the Chanticleers improve to 7-8.
Coastal Carolina took the early lead in the bottom of the first when Jacob May lined a solo home run down the left-field line off Ohio State starter Brian King to put the Chanticleers up 1-0.
Both King and Coastal Carolina starter Ben Smith cruised through the next four innings until the Ohio State left-hander ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. May doubled down the left field to lead off the inning, Jake Kane followed with a bunt single and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with nobody out. Will Remillard then drove in May with a sacrifice fly to right to push the Chanticleer lead to 2-0 after six frames.
Ohio State then threatened against Smith in the top of the seventh but the Buckeyes still were unable to push anything across. Ryan Cypret and Brad Hallberg walked to lead off the frame but a sacrifice bunt attempt by Aaron Gretz was unsuccessful as Cypret was forced out at third for the first out of the inning. Seth Lamando then came on to relieve Smith and struck out Jacob Bosiokovic looking before Remillard picked Hallberg off second to end the Buckeye rally and preserve the 2-0 lead.
The Buckeyes were then able to cash in and cut the Coastal Carolina lead in half in the top of the eighth. Pat Porter doubled to left to lead off the inning but a fly out by Greg Solomon and a groundout by Troy Kuhn left Ohio State in danger of stranding Porter at third as Austin Kerr came on to relieve Lamando. However, pinch-hitter Joe Ciamacco was able to single to left to plate Porter and make it a 2-1 Chanticleer advantage.
Coastal Carolina was able to get the run right back in the bottom of the frame to push the lead to 3-1. Ted Blackman walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before King struck out Kane for the second out of the inning. David Fathalikhani then came on in relief but Remillard drove in Blackman with a single to center to make it a two-run game.
The Buckeyes got the leadoff man on in the top of the ninth against Coastal Carolina closer Ryan Connolly when Cypret reached on an error but Hallberg grounded into a double play and Gretz lined out to first to end it.
King suffered the loss, tossing 7.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out a pair. Porter went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored.
Smith picked up the win for Coastal Carolina, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine while May went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two runs scored.
Ohio State takes on the Chanticleers at 4 p.m. Monday at TicketReturn.com Field.