Ohio State Falls to Michigan State, 7-2, in Series Finale
March 31, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped its season finale against Michigan State, 7-2, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 16-8, 4-2 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans improve to 15-8, 2-1 in conference play.
Michigan State went ahead with a run off Ohio State starter Brian King in the top of the second. Ryan Krill doubled to right-center to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Anthony Cheky.
The Spartans tacked on three more in the top of the third. Cam Gibson reached on an error to start the inning and Ryan Richardson followed with a single to right. A sacrifice bunt by Jordan Keur moved both runners over and a passed ball plated Gibson. Joel Fisher then doubled home Richardson and, after a fly out by Krill for the second out of the inning, came around to score on a bloop single to right by Blaise Salter for a 4-0 Michigan State lead.
Things stayed quiet until the Spartans added two more in the top of the sixth. Cheky singled with two down and Jimmy Pickens followed with a home run to right to push the Michigan State lead to 6-0.
Ryan Riga came on in relief of King in the top of the eighth but allowed a leadoff double to left-center by Fisher, who eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly to center by Krill to extend the Michigan State lead to 7-0.
Meanwhile, Ohio State wasn’t able to get anything going against Michigan State starter Mick VanVossen until the bottom of the ninth. Pat Porter singled with one down and pinch-hitter Mike Carroll walked to put runners at first and second. Jacob Bosiokovic then singled up the middle to score Porter to cut the lead to 7-1. After a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning, Brad Hallberg plated Carroll with a single to left to make it a 7-2 game but that’d be as close as Ohio State would get as Joe Ciamacco hit into a game-ending fielder’s choice to end it.
King suffered the loss to drop to 4-3 while Porter finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will host Youngstown State at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday and Miami at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.