April 2, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team shut out Youngstown State, 3-0, Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, Ohio State improves to 17-8 while Youngstown State falls to 7-19.
Two pitchers for each team combined to toss five scoreless frames to start off the game before the Buckeyes were able to take the lead against Youngstown State reliever Lance Horner in the bottom of the sixth. Troy Kuhn led off the inning with a single to center, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and Ryan Cypret plated him with an RBI single to center. After Horner struck out Pat Porter, Aaron Gretz singled up the middle to score Cypret for the 2-0 Ohio State lead.
Brett McKinney started for the Buckeyes, striking out three over 2.0 hitless, scoreless innings and Tyler Giannonotti followed with 3.0 scoreless frames, striking out a pair. Greg Greve was the second Buckeye out of the bullpen, punching out three over 2.0 perfect frames.
Ohio State added to its lead with a run off Josh North in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Carroll walked with two down, stole second and scored on an RBI single to center by Kuhn to extend the lead to 3-0.
Kuhn finished the night 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Greve picked up the win for the Buckeyes to move to 2-0 on the season.
Ohio State hosts Miami at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Joe Ciamacco stole another base Tuesday to move to 12-for-12 this year and 28-for-28 in his career.
- After his second-inning single, Kirby Pellant has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games.
- Youngstown State shortstop Phil Lipari tallied an unassisted triple play on a line drive by Joe Ciamacco in the third. Lipari then stepped on second and tagged out Troy Kuhn as both Mike Carroll and Kuhn were stealing on the play.
- Troy Kuhn tallied his third multi-hit game of the season Tuesday against the Penguins. All three of them have been three-hit contests.
- David Fathalikhani made his ninth scoreless appearance to start the season.
- Zach Ratcliff notched his first-career hit with a pinch-hit single to lead off the eighth.
- The two hits the Buckeye pitching staff gave up marked a season low. The Buckeyes didn’t walk a batter for the fifth time this season and reached double-digit strikeouts for the sixth time.
- The shutout was the third for Ohio State this season.