March 21, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Dayton, 11-7, Wednesday afternoon at Woerner Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 11-8 on the season while Dayton falls to 7-13.
Ohio State took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third off Dayton reliever Tommy Konrad. The Buckeyes loaded the bases with nobody out, Ryan Cypret plated Greg Solomon with an RBI groundout, Josh Dezse scored Kirby Pellant on a sacrifice fly to center and Tim Wetzel scored on a two-out double by Mike Carroll to make it 3-0 Ohio State.
Carroll then pushed the Ohio State lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth when he plated Cypret with his second two-out RBI double of the game.
Dayton then cut the Buckeye lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the frame. After Ohio State starter Greg Greve retired the first two batters of the inning, leadoff man Ian Hundley singled to center and Bobby Glover followed with a two-run home run to split the Buckeye lead in half.
However, Ohio State responded with a five-run top of the sixth to extend the lead to 9-2. The Buckeyes used three hits, including RBI singles from Tim Wetzel and Dezse, an RBI fielder’s choice by Cypret and a bases-loaded walk from David Corna.
Ohio State added two more in the top of the seventh on a leadoff home run to left by Solomon and an RBI groundout by Dezse to make it 11-2.
Dayton was then able to trim the Ohio State lead to 11-7 in the bottom of the eighth, plating five unearned runs capped by a three-run, pinch-hit home run from Ryan Berry but that’s as close as the Flyers would get as David Fathalikhani picked up the final four outs including three strikeouts in the ninth.
Greve picked up his first win of the season, scattering seven hits while giving up two earned runs over 7.0 innings. He tied his career high with seven strikeouts.
Wetzel went 3-for-4 for the Buckeyes while Carroll and Solomon each finished 2-for-4. The trio combined for four runs scored and four RBI.
The Buckeyes open Big Ten play with a three-game set against No. 24 Purdue Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Solomon’s seventh-inning home run was his second long ball of the season. He also tied his career high with three runs scored.
- Pellant’s three runs scored marked a career high.
- Carroll’s two-hit game was his fifth multi-hit game of the season.
- The Buckeyes drew a season-high 11 walks against the Flyers.
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