March 15, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team opened its home slate with a 4-1 victory over Bryant Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The win moves the Buckeyes to 11-5 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 4-8-1.
“We have really put an emphasis on free bases this season and it showed up tonight,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Things like errors, walks and hit batters are a huge key and we allowed just one tonight which is a season low. If we continue this trend, we are difficult to beat. It was good to open our home slate with a win to get the weekend started right.”
Bryant put runners at the corners with one down in the top of the second but Ohio State starter Jaron Long rolled a 6-4-3 double play by Robby Rinn to keep the game scoreless. The Buckeyes then took the lead in the bottom of the frame when Aaron Gretz led off the inning with a double down the right-field line, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Carroll and scored on an RBI groundout to second by Brad Hallberg.
Ohio State doubled its lead in the bottom of the third when Craig Nennig led off the inning with a single to left, moved to second on a groundout by Tim Wetzel and, after Bryant starter Peter Kelich struck out Ryan Cypret, came around to score on a two-out RBI triple off the wall in center by Pat Porter to push the lead to 2-0.
Both pitchers then cruised until the top of the seventh. Tom Gavitt led off the inning with a double to deep center and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Rinn to cut the Ohio State lead to 2-1.
The Buckeyes threatened in the bottom of the frame when a Hallberg single and a double down the left-field line by Joe Ciamacco put runners on second and third with one down. Kelich then struck out Nennig before giving way to left-hander Daniel Palazzo, who got Wetzel to fly out to right to keep it a 2-1 game.
After Ryan Riga tossed a perfect top of the eighth, Ohio State added to its lead with a pair in the bottom of the eighth. Palazzo hit Cypret to lead off the inning before Porter singled and Gretz reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out. Jacob Bosiokovic then plated Cypret with a sacrifice fly to center and Greg Solomon followed with a pinch-hit single to left to score Porter for the 4-1 lead.
Trace Dempsey shut the door in the top of the ninth, striking out a pair en route to his sixth save of the season.
Porter finished the day 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored while Long picked up the win to move to 3-1 on the season, allowing one earned run on eight hits while striking out five over 7.0 innings pitched.
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs will play the middle game of the three-game set at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.
- Ryan Cypret’s 12-game hitting streak was snapped but he reached base on a hit by pitch in the 8th to extend his streak to 16 games.
- With two more scoreless frames Friday, the Ohio State bullpen has not allowed an earned run in the last 23.1 innings dating back to the ninth inning against Connecticut March 1.