March 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Austin Peay, 7-3, to clinch the series Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 10-7 while Austin Peay falls to 10-9.
“We played pretty well today,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Brett McKinney gave us a quality start and besides a couple plays, we played a solid ballgame. I challenged the guys to come out today and win the series and it was good to see us bounce back.”
The Buckeyes opened the scoring with a four-run fourth inning after McKinney had allowed just two hits over four scoreless frames to open the game. Walks by Ryan Cypret and Brad Hutton and a single by Brad Hallberg loaded the bases with one down. Joe Ciamacco score Cypret with a sacrifice fly to right and David Corna followed with a three-run home run to left to give the Buckeyes the 4-0 lead.
Austin Peay got on the board in the sixth when an error on a pickoff attempt to second allowed Cody Hudson to cut the lead to 4-1.
Ohio State responded with two more in the bottom of the inning, pushing the advantage to 6-1. Brad Hutton doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI double by Corna and Aaron Gretz plated Corna with an RBI single to left.
The Buckeyes added another in the bottom of the seventh when Cypret doubled to right-center to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a single by Josh Dezse and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hallberg.
Austin Peay then used an error, a single, three walks and a hit batter to plate two in the 8th to make it a 7-3 game but Dezse came on in the ninth and shut down the Governors for the series victory.
Corna went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored while McKinney improved to 3-2 on the season, tossing 7.1 innings, scattering five hits and striking out seven without allowing an earned run.
The Buckeyes hit the road this week for a 6 p.m. Tuesday matchup at Louisville and a 3 p.m. game Wednesday at Dayton before opening Big Ten play next weekend at home against Purdue.
- Corna tied a career record with three hits in his four-RBI effort Sunday. His fourth-inning home run was his third of the season.
- McKinney’s seven strikeouts marked a season high.
- McKinney has now allowed just four earned runs over his last 24.1 innings pitched.
- Over the last two weekends, Ohio State’s starting pitchers have allowed just eight earned runs in 47.1 innings pitched (1.52 ERA).
- Pellant earned his team-leading 12th stolen base and is a perfect 12-12 this season.