March 16, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a cold and windy day in Columbus, the Ohio State baseball team was edged by Bryant, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 11-6 on the season while the Bulldogs improve to 5-8-1.
“We weren’t quite as clean as we needed to be today,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We missed a couple chances to come up with a clutch hit, were unable to turn a double play and they pitched the ball well. We need to be able to come out tomorrow, convert on some of those chances and win the series.”
After two scoreless frames, Bryant took the lead off Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg in the top of the third when Kevin Brown hit a two-out solo home run to right to put the Bulldogs up 1-0.
Bryant doubled its lead in the top of the fifth when Carl Anderson doubled down the right-field line with one down, stole third and scored on an RBI groundout to third by John Mullen to push the lead to 2-0.
Bryant starter Kevin McAvoy was able to shut down the Buckeye offensive attack through the first five frames but Ohio State was able to get to him in the bottom of the sixth. Pat Porter led off the inning with a walk and scored on a double down the left-field line by Aaron Gretz. After McAvoy struck out Jacob Bosiokovic for the first out of the inning, left-hander John Healy came on to face Kirby Pellant, who greeted him with a run-scoring single through the box to make it a 2-2 game.
Ohio State reliever Brett McKinney and Healy took over from there, tossing a pair of scoreless frames until Bryant threatened in the top of the ninth. A walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases with one down as Ryan Riga came on in relief of McKinney. The left-hander induced the ground ball he wanted by Mullen but the Buckeyes couldn’t turn the double play as pinch-runner Dan Cellucci came in to score the go-ahead run.
Pellant led off the bottom of the frame with a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brad Hallberg before Healy was replaced by Salvatore Lisanti. The right-hander struck out Joe Ciamacco for the second out of the inning before Mike Carroll came on to pinch-hit for Craig Nennig. Pellant then moved to third on a wild pitch before Carroll hit a ground ball to short but Dan Muscatello’s throw from deep in the hole just beat Carroll to the bag as Bryant came away with the one-run victory.
Pellant made his return to the lineup after missing seven games with a bruised hand and went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Aaron Gretz finished 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Healy picked up the win with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief for the Bulldogs while McKinney suffered the loss, allowing one earned over 3.1 frames, to drop to 2-2 on the season.
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs will play the rubber game of the three-game set at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
- Joe Ciamacco stole another base Saturday to 8-of-8 on the season and 24-of-24 for his career.
- The Ohio State bullpen’s scoreless streak was snapped at 26.2 innings when the Bulldogs scored in the ninth. The Buckeye relievers had not allowed an earned run dating back to the ninth inning against Connecticut March 1.
- Ryan Cypret’s streak of reaching base was snapped at 16 games.
- The Buckeyes made a couple great defensive plays Saturday. Tim Wetzel made a sliding catch in foul territory down the left-field line on a fly ball by Dan Muscatello to lead off the second and Brad Hallberg ranged to his right to rob Kevin Brown of a leadoff single on a liner to first in the top of the eighth.
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