March 12, 2013
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team concluded its trip to South Carolina with a 6-3 win at Charleston Southern Tuesday afternoon. The Buckeyes improve to 10-5 with the win while the Buccaneers fall to 8-9.
"Our guys learned how to win and developed a belief that they will win on this trip," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "We came back to win some games and won some games that were tied late. Our bullpen is beginning to establish themselves, especially after 5.2 scoreless today and we’re playing well as a team. We’re excited to get back home to Bill Davis Stadium Friday."
Ohio State took the lead with a run in the top of the first off Charleston Southern starter Chase Shelton. A pair of errors on ground balls by Tim Wetzel and Ryan Cypret put runners at the corners with nobody out and Wetzel came around to score when Brad Hallberg hit into a 6-4-3 double play for the 1-0 Buckeye advantage.
The Buckeyes added another in the top of the second when Pat Porter led off the inning with an infield single and came around to score on an error by second baseman Mitch Klug on a fielder’s choice by Joe Ciamacco.
Charleston Southern then knotted the score with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third off Ohio State starter Jake Post. The freshman hit Kevin Hickey to lead off the frame before a Bobby Ison single and a sacrifice bunt by Jaren Sustar put runners at second and third with one down. John Faircloth then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Hickey and Brian Welch followed with a chopper up the middle to plate Ison and tie the game at 2-2.
The Buckeyes took the lead right back in the top of the fourth when Jacob Bosiokovic walked, moved to second on a groundout by Porter and scored on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Greg Solomon to give Ohio State a 3-2 advantage.
However, the Buccaneers answered in the bottom of the frame when Drew Woodall singled through the right side with one down, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a single up the middle by Hickey before Tyler Giannonatti came on in relief of Post. Giannonatti then allowed an RBI single to left by Ison to score Woodall and tie the game. Sustar followed with a single to load the bases with one down but Giannonatti was able to get Faircloth to pop out to second and Welch to fly out to left to keep the game tied at 3-3.
The game remained tied until the top of the eighth when the Buckeyes took the lead with a pair of runs. After 3.1 innings of relief, Bryant’s Joe Pistacchio was lifted after a one-out walk to Hallberg. Left-hander Zack Hagaman then came on and walked Aaron Gretz before giving up an RBI single through the left side to plate Kirby Pellant, who pinch-ran for Hallberg. After a Porter strikeout, Solomon singled to left to score Gretz and push the Ohio State lead to 5-3.
Ohio State right-hander Greg Greve tossed his second-consecutive scoreless frame in the bottom of the eighth and the Buckeyes added to their lead in the top of the ninth when Wetzel blasted a solo home run to right, his first long ball of the season, to extend the lead to 6-3.
Trace Dempsey came on in the bottom of the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Ison but then struck out the next three batters he faced for his fifth save of the season.
Greve pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the year with Solomon paced the Buckeyes offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ison was a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes, going 5-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Ohio State opens its home schedule against Bryant at 5:05 p.m. Friday.
- Ryan Cypret extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
- Cypret has now reached base safely in all 15 games.
- The Ohio State bullpen tossed 13.1 innings in the five games in South Carolina, allowing one unearned run. The bullpen has not allowed an earned run in the last 21.1 innings dating back to the ninth inning against Connecticut March 1.