March 23, 2013
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio State baseball team took both games of a doubleheader from Purdue to sweep the series against the Boilermakers Saturday at Alexander Field. The Buckeyes won the first game, 8-3, before picking up a 7-0 victory in the nightcap. Ohio State improves to 15-6 on the season, 3-0 in Big Ten play, while Purdue falls to 7-14, 0-3 in conference play.
“It’s great to sweep the weekend to be 3-0 in the conference,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “More than anything, I just like how we’re playing baseball. We’re pitching well, throwing strikes, playing good defense and getting timely hits. We didn’t commit an error all weekend and I think we’re developing an identity on the offensive side of the ball as to how we’re going to hit and score runs.”
Ohio State was able to threaten early for the second-consecutive game when the Buckeyes loaded the bases with one down on three-straight singles by Ryan Cypret, Pat Porter and Aaron Gretz against Purdue starter Jordan Minch. Jacob Bosiokovic then lined an RBI single to right to score Cypret for the Buckeye lead as every runner moved up a base and Kirby Pellant followed with a single to right to score Porter to give Ohio State a 2-0 advantage. With the bases still loaded and just one down, Minch was able to strike out Brad Hallberg and get Joe Ciamacco to ground out to short to end the inning but the Buckeyes forced the freshman to make 47 pitches in the top of the first.
Purdue was able to put a runner on third with one down in the bottom of the second after Stephen Talbott walked, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch, but Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg struck out Conner Hudnall looking and got Kyle Johnson to fly out to center to end the inning and preserve the 2-0 Buckeye lead.
The Buckeyes added to their lead with a pair of runs off Minch in the top of the third. A single by Bosiokovic and a Pellant walk put runners on first and second with one down and Hallberg followed with an RBI single to right to plate Bosiokovic. Pellant then came around to score on a squeeze bunt by Ciamacco to push the Buckeye advantage to 4-0.
Purdue got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Goldberg walked the bases loaded with one down and Johnson grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Kyle Wood and cut the Ohio State lead to 4-1 after four innings.
Ohio State tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth. Ciamacco singled up the middle, stole second and scored on a bunt single by Greg Solomon. After a sacrifice bunt by Wetzel moved Solomon to second and an infield single by Cypret put runners at the corners, Solomon scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Porter to extend the lead to 6-1.
The Buckeyes added two more in the top of the seventh against Purdue reliever Mike Lutz. Bosiokovic reached on an infield single and a double down the right-field line by Pellant put runners on second and third with nobody before a single through the left side by Hallberg plated both runners for an 8-1 Ohio State lead.
Purdue then got one back in the bottom of the frame against Ryan Riga, who came on in relief of Goldberg in the sixth. Jake Hansen singled to center to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a fly ball to right by Jack Picchiotti and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Sean McHugh.
The Boilermakers plated one more in the bottom of the eighth when Talbott doubled to left to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Johnson but that’d be as close as Purdue would come as Ohio State came away with the victory.
Goldberg picked up the win for the Buckeyes to move to 3-0 on the season, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out four over five innings. Riga pitched the final four frames to earn his first career save.
Pellant went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while Cypret, Bosiokovic and Hallberg each tallied three hits for the Buckeyes.
Both pitchers cruised through the first four innings of the nightcap before Ohio State was able to strike in the top of the fifth against Purdue starter Robert Ramer. Pellant singled to left with one down, moved to second on a wild pitch and score on an RBI single up the middle by Hallberg to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.
Ohio State starter Brian King cruised through the first five frames before running into a jam in the bottom of the sixth. Cody Strong singled through the left side to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hansen. With a runner on second and one down, the Buckeye left-hander responded with a strikeout of Purdue leadoff hitter Brandon Krieg and induced a come-backer to the mound by McHugh to end the inning and keep the Buckeyes ahead 1-0.
Things stayed quiet until the top of the eighth when back-to-back singles by Wetzel and Cypret put runners at the corners for Ohio State with one down. Porter followed with a single through the right side to score Wetzel and Gretz poked a single into left to plate Cypret for a 3-0 Ohio State advantage.
Ohio State added to its lead in the top of the ninth after Ramer gave way to reliever Patrick Kenney. A Pellant walk and a Hallberg single put runners at the corners with nobody out before Ciamacco singled through the left side to score Pellant for a 4-0 lead. After Purdue pulled Kenney in favor of Brett Andrzejewski, Hallberg was thrown out at third on Solomon’s sacrifice bunt attempt but Wetzel then singled to score Ciamacco, Solomon scored on an RBI groundout by Cypret and Porter lined a single to left to plate Wetzel to push the Ohio State lead to 7-0.
Trace Dempsey came on in the ninth to replace King, who tossed eight shutout frames, allowing three hits while striking out a career-high eight Boilermakers. Dempsey then tossed a perfect ninth as the Buckeyes earned the series sweep.
Porter finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI while Wetzel, Hallberg and Ciamacco each had two-hit games.
The Buckeyes take on Toledo at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Joe Ciamacco stole another base to move to 9-for-9 on the season and 25-of-25 in his career.
- Ciamacco made the play of the day on a fly ball to center by Kyle Johnson in the sixth inning of Game 1. Ciamacco had a long run on fly ball over his head and made diving catch with his back to home plate a little in front of the warning track in center.
- Every Buckeye starter reached base in the first game of the doubleheader.
- Ohio State tallied a season-high 17 hits in the first game Saturday.
- The four hits for Kirby Pellant in Game 1 marked a career high.
- Ohio State starting pitchers allowed just two earned runs on 21.0 innings pitched against the Boilermakers.
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