March 30, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team evened the series with an 8-3 victory over Michigan State Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 16-7, 4-1 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans fall to 14-8, 1-1 in conference play.
Ohio State took the early lead against Michigan State starter David Garner in the top of the first. Ryan Cypret doubled down the left-field line with one down and Pat Porter singled through the right side to put runners at the corners. Garner’s pickoff throw to first then sailed down the right-field line, allowing Cypret to score the first run of the game and moved Porter all the way to third. After Aaron Gretz struck out swinging, Jacob Bosiokovic plated Porter with an RBI infield single up the middle as Ohio State went up 2-0 after an inning of play.
The Buckeyes added to their lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Brad Hallberg singled to center to lead off the inning and Joe Ciamacco and Greg Solomon each followed with a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out. Tim Wetzel hit into a double play but Hallberg scored on the play and, after Cypret walked, the senior second baseman got caught in a rundown off first base, allowing Ciamacco to score for the 4-0 Ohio State advantage.
Michigan State got a run back in the top of the third when Cam Gibson reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on a throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt by Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg, and scored on an RBI groundout to short by Ryan Richardson to make it a 4-1 game.
The Spartans then cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth when Joel Fisher and Ryan Krill notched back-to-back doubles to make it a 4-2 Ohio State advantage.
Ohio State responded with a run in the bottom of the frame when Kirby Pellant led off the inning with a bunt single, hustled his way to third on a groundout to third by Hallberg and scored as Krill’s throw to third sailed down the left-field line for a 5-2 Buckeye lead.
The Spartans tallied a run for the third-consecutive inning in the top of the fifth when Richardson singled and scored on a wild pitch with two down to narrow the Michigan State deficit to 5-3.
The Buckeyes answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Porter doubled to left-center with one down, moved to third on a groundout by Gretz and scored on a fielding error by Richardson at short on a ground ball by Bosiokovic to push the lead to 6-3.
After a scoreless sixth, Goldberg gave way to Greg Greve, who allowed three runs (two earned, on six hits while striking out a pair over 6.0 innings pitched. Greve tossed a scoreless seventh before the Buckeyes tacked on with a run in the bottom of the seventh. After Garner retired the first two batters of the inning, Gretz singled up the middle, Bosiokovic was hit by a pitch and Pellant pushed the lead to 7-3 when he drove in Gretz with an RBI double to right-center.
Ryan Riga came on to pitch a perfect eighth and the Buckeyes added another against Michigan State reliever Mike Mestadh in the bottom of the eighth. Ciamacco reached on an infield single to start the inning, Solomon was hit by a pitch and Wetzel advanced both runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Cypret then plated Ciamacco with a sacrifice fly to center to cap the scoring at 8-3 as Riga tossed a perfect ninth.
Goldberg picked up the win to move to 4-0 on the season while Pellant went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
The Buckeyes and Spartans will play the rubber game of the three-game set at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Joe Ciamacco stole two more bases Saturday to improve to 11-for-11 this season and 27-for-27 in his career.
- After losing just their second game of the season when leading after six frames Friday night, the Buckeyes got back on the right track Saturday to improve to 13-2 on the season in such games.
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