March 17, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Bryant, 6-4, to win the series Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes improve to 12-6 with the win while the Bulldogs drop to 5-9-1.
“It was kind of an ugly win today but when you’re playing in 35-degree weather and no sun, you aren’t expecting a very pretty game,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “I liked that we took care of the baseball, only gave up six free bases and it turned out to be a good win for us.”
After two perfect frames, Bryant got to Ohio State starter Brian King in the top of the third. Two singles and an error loaded the bases for the Bulldogs with one down before John Mullen doubled down the left-field line to plate a pair. A squeeze play on a bunt by Kevin Brown scored Carl Anderson and a perfectly-executed double-steal attempt plated another to push the lead to 4-0.
The Buckeyes were able to take the lead with a sixth-run frame against Bryant right-hander Craig Schlitter in the bottom of the fourth. A walk by Ryan Cypret and a single by Pat Porter put runners on first and second with one down but a groundout by Aaron Gretz and a strikeout by Jacob Bosiokovic left the Buckeyes in danger of stranding a pair in scoring position. However, Joe Ciamacco answered with a two-run infield single to second, Brad Hallberg singled and Greg Solomon singled to left to score Ciamacco. Craig Nennig singled to right to score Hallberg and Tim Wetzel capped the scoring with a two-run single to right to score Solomon and Nennig for the 6-4 Buckeye advantage.
King settled down for the Buckeyes, finishing his day with three scoreless frames before giving way to Greg Greve in the seventh. King went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (two earned), on three hits while striking out five.
Greve struck out a pair and rolled two double plays over two scoreless innings of relief before Trace Dempsey came on and struck out two in a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Porter went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Nennig finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ohio State travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for a three-game set at Purdue next weekend.
- The six-run fourth tied the Buckeyes largest scoring output in an inning this season. Ohio State plated six in the eighth inning against South Dakota St. Feb. 22.
- Craig Nennig tallied his first career multi-hit game Sunday.
- Trace Dempsey earned his fourth save of the week after picking up one Monday against Coastal Carolina, another Tuesday at Charleston Southern and his third against Bryant Friday.