March 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against No. 24 Purdue Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Boilermakers took Game 1, 8-5, before winning Game 2, 8-1. Ohio State drops to 11-10 overall, 0-2 in Big Ten play, while Purdue improves to 16-3, 2-0 in the conference.
Purdue jumped out to the early lead in the top of the first with a pair of unearned runs. After Ohio State starter Jaron Long retired the first two hitters, Cameron Perkins singled, followed by Kevin Plawecki reaching on a throwing error by Buckeye shortstop Kirby Pellant and Barrett Serrato followed with a two-out, two-run double to right-center to give the Boilermakers the 2-0 lead.
Ohio State put runners on second and third with one down in the bottom of the second inning after Brad Hallberg singled and Joe Ciamacco doubled to left-center but Purdue starter Joe Haase struck out Brad Hutton looking and Greg Solomon swinging to end the threat and preserve the 2-0 lead.
Purdue then responded with a run in the top of the fourth, using a double by Plawecki and a pair of Ohio State errors to take the 3-2 lead and pushed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fifth when Cameron Perkins doubled home Eric Charles with two down.
Ohio State cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Solomon plated Mike Carroll with a sacrifice fly to left after Carroll had singled with one down in the inning.
However, Purdue responded with a four-run seventh to push the lead to 8-3. The Boilermakers loaded the bases with one down one down when Plawecki plated the first run with a sacrifice fly and Serrato, Angelo Cianfrocco and Andrew Dixon each followed with two-out RBI singles to give Purdue the five-run lead.
The Buckeyes then got two of those runs back on RBI singles by Hallberg and Carroll to cut the lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the frame but that's as close as Ohio State would get as Blake Mascarello closed the Buckeyes out over the final two frames.
Cypret, Hallberg, Ciamacco and Carroll each had two hits for the Buckeyes in Game 1.
Purdue took the first inning lead again in Game 2, plating three runs on a pair of hits against Ohio State starter Brian King in the top of the first.
The Boilermakers extended the lead to 4-0 in the top of the third when Cianfrocco plated Plawecki with a one-out RBI double to right-center after Plawecki was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Purdue then added one more in top of the fourth when Tyler Spillner led off the inning with a double to right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Perkins to make it 5-0 Boilermakers.
Purdue tallied another in the top of the seventh when Plawecki doubled to lead off the inning on scored on an RBI groundout by Cianfrocco to push the lead to 6-0.
After Purdue tallied two in the top of the ninth, the Buckeyes got on the board when Cypret singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and came home to score on a two-out RBI single by Hallberg.
Wetzel and Hallberg each had two-hit games for the Buckeyes in Game 2. Lance Breedlove tossed a complete game for the Boilermakers, giving up the one earned run on nine hits while striking out 10.
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers conclude the three-game set at 1:05 p.m. tomorrow.
- Joe Ciamacco recorded his team-high eighth multi-hit game in Game 1.
- Ryan Cypret, Josh Dezse and Brad Hallberg each recorded their seventh multi-hit game in Game 1. Hallberg would also earn his eighth multi-hit game with two hits in Game 2.
- Jaron Long intentionally walked a batter in Game 1 and has now walked just three batters in 36.1 innings this season.
- Kirby Pellant extended his hit streak to four consecutive games with hits in both contests vs. Purdue. His streak is the longest current streak on the team. He's also nabbed hits in seven of his previous eight games played.
- Ohio State has recorded at least nine hits in 12 games this season, with 13 hits in Game 1 and nine in Game 2. The 13-hit game vs. Purdue was the seventh time this season earning double figure hits.
- The Buckeyes are 37 of 41 in stolen base attempts this season with three combined in the two games vs. Purdue. They were 35 of 57 all of last season.