Ohio State Edges Coastal Carolina, 3-2
March 11, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team won a back-and-forth 3-2 contest at Coastal Carolina Monday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field. The Buckeyes improve to 9-5 with the win while the Chanticleers drop to 7-9.
The Buckeyes took the lead in the top of the third against Coastal Carolina starter Alex Cunningham. Brad Hallberg was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and Joe Ciamacco followed with a walk but a strikeout and a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners with two down. Ryan Cypret was then able to come through with a single up the middle to drive in Hallberg and give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.
Ohio State threatened again in the top of the fourth when a double by Jacob Bosiokovic and a walk by Mike Carroll put runners on first and second but Hallberg grounded into a 5-3 double play to end the threat.
The Chanticleers then tied it with a run in the bottom of the fourth off Ohio State starter Brett McKinney. Jake Kane singled up the middle with one down, moved to second on a groundout by Will Remillard and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Colin Hering to knot the game at 1-1 after four frames.
The Buckeyes responded in the top of the fifth with a run to take a 2-1 lead. Ciamacco singled to right to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Craig Nennig and went to third on a groundout by Tim Wetzel before Cypret walked to put runners at the corners with two down. Pat Porter then followed with a two-out RBI single up the middle to plate Ciamacco for a 2-1 Buckeye advantage.
Coastal Carolina threatened again in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler Chadwick singled to right to lead off the frame and a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch moved him to third with one down. However, McKinney came up with a huge strikeout of Nick Oberg before getting Ted Blackman to ground out to end the rally.
That was the last batter McKinney would face as he was pulled after five frames, allowing one run on four hits while striking out five.
Ryan Riga then came on and worked two scoreless frames before Coastal Carolina tied it in the bottom of the eighth. Blackman was hit by a pitch with one down and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jacob May then grounded out to third but Hallberg’s throw to cut down Blackman at third sailed down the left-field line and allowed Blackman to score to make it a 2-2 game.
However, the Buckeyes answered right back to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Ciamacco singled through the left side with one down, stole second and a botched play on a fielder’s choice on a ground ball back to the mound by Nennig put runners at the corners with one down. Wetzel then hit a ground ball to short but the Chanticleers were unable to turn the double play and Ciamacco scored for the 3-2 Ohio State lead.
Coastal Carolina got the leadoff man on in the bottom of the ninth when Remillard singled to center off Ohio State closer Trace Dempsey. Hering then tried to sacrifice Remillard over but popped the bunt up and Dempsey ranged to the first base line to make a diving catch for the first out. The sophomore right-hander then rolled a 4-6-3 double play by Alex Buccilli to end the game and give the Buckeyes the 3-2 victory.
Riga picked up his first career win as a Buckeye, going 3.0 innings without allowing an earned run while Dempsey picked up his fourth save of the season. Ciamacco paced the Buckeyes offensively, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in the win.
Ohio State travels to Charleston to face Charleston Southern at 2 p.m. Tuesday.