Ohio State Knocks Off Purdue, 10-1, in Big Ten Opener
March 22, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio State baseball team opened its Big Ten slate with a 10-1 win over Purdue Friday evening at Alexander Field. The Buckeyes improve to 13-6 with the win while the Boilermakers fall to 7-12.
“It’s always important to get the first win of the series under our belt,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We got some key hits but the pitching and defense was rock solid as well. Jaron pitched well again and not only was able to get us off on the right foot but he again was able to eat up innings and keep our bullpen intact for the doubleheader tomorrow.”
Ohio State wasted no time threatening against Purdue starter Brad Schreiber as Tim Wetzel doubled down the left-field line to lead off the game and a Ryan Cypret walk put runners at first and second with nobody out. However, Pat Porter struck out and Purdue catcher Sean McHugh threw out Wetzel trying to steal third for the second out of the inning. Aaron Gretz then hit hard grounder back up the middle that deflected off Schreiber’s glove and right to second baseman Brandon Krieg who threw to first for the final out of the inning.
The Buckeyes then pushed one across against Schreiber in the top of the second. A single to center by Jacob Bosiokovic, an error on a ground ball by Brad Hallberg and a walk by Joe Ciamacco loaded the bases for Greg Solomon with one down. Schreiber was able to strike out Solomon but Wetzel followed with a bases-loaded walk to score Bosiokovic for the 1-0 Ohio State lead.
Kirby Pellant doubled the Buckeye lead in the fourth when he launched a leadoff home run to right, the first of his career, for a 2-0 Ohio State advantage.
Ohio State threatened again in the top of the fifth when Cypret tripled to right-center with one down but Schreiber was able to strike out Porter looking and got Gretz to ground out to first to end the rally and keep it a 2-0 game.
The Buckeyes then were able to get some breathing room with a four-run sixth. A pair of walks and a Purdue error loaded the bases with one down before Solomon plated Pellant with an RBI infield single. Wetzel then cleared the bases with a three-run triple to right-center to push the Ohio State lead to 6-0 and chase Schreiber from the game. Pat Gannon relieved Schreiber and walked a pair sandwiched around a strikeout of Porter to load the bases but the left-hander was able to get Bosiokovic to fly out to center to end the inning.
Ohio State tacked on another in the top of the seventh when Hallberg singled up the middle with one down and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 7-0.
Meanwhile, the Boilermakers were unable to get anything going against Ohio State starter Jaron Long, who retired 14 of 15 Purdue hitters at one point and allowed just two Boilermakers to reach second base through the first seven frames.
After the Buckeyes added three more in the top of the eighth when Hallberg drove in two with a double to left-center and Pellant scored on a wild pitch, the Boilermakers were able to threaten against Long for the first time in the bottom of the eighth. Singles by Kyle Johnson and Jake Hansen put runners at the corners with one down. Jack Picchiotti followed with a ground ball to second and barely beat out the throw to first, allowing Johnson to score the Boilermakers’ first run of the game, as the Buckeyes tried for the inning-ending double play.
Tyler Giannonatti then came on to pitch a scoreless ninth as the Buckeyes came away with the 10-1 victory.
Hallberg finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Wetzel went 2-for-3 with a career-high four RBI. Long picked up the win for the Buckeyes, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out four over 8.0 innings pitched. The right-hander threw 98 pitches, 70 strikes, and didn’t walk a batter.
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers will play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday to conclude the series.