April 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Minnesota, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes move to 17-12 on the season, 4-4 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota drops to 17-15 overall, 3-2 in conference play.
“We played a clean game of baseball without any walks or errors,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We threw a lot of strikes, made all of the plays we needed to make on defense and made a couple of big plays. We need to continue to play clean games, scratch and claw and come out tomorrow and try to sweep the series.”
The Buckeyes took the lead in the bottom of the third when a pair of walks and a double by Greg Solomon loaded the bases with one down for Ryan Cypret. The Buckeyes’ second baseman plated Brad Hutton with an RBI fielders’ choice for the Ohio State lead. Ohio State then doubled the lead with Brad Hallberg at the plate when Solomon stole home after Cypret got caught in a rundown between first and second.
Minnesota was able to answer right back with three singles, two hit batters and a sacrifice fly against Ohio State starter Brian King to plate three runs in the top of the fourth for a 3-2 lead.
However, Ohio State responded to take the lead back with two in the bottom of the frame. The Buckeyes used singles by Hallberg and Patrick Porter, a Minnesota error, a bases-loaded walk by Hutton and a sacrifice fly by Solomon to take the 4-3 lead.
The Golden Gophers threatened again in the top of the fifth. Troy Larson doubled to lead off the inning but King was able to strike out Andy Hankemeyer and get Kurt Schlangen to fly out to left for the second out of the innings. Dan Olinger then singled through the left side put Porter made a perfect throw home and Solomon was able to tag Larson to end the Minnesota threat.
The Buckeyes then added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth when Josh Dezse walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on a wild pitch with two down by Minnesota reliever Ben Meyer to push the lead to 5-3.
David Fathalikhani came on to relieve King and tossed a scoreless eighth and Dezse pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the victory and pick up his second save of the season.
King earned the win to move to 3-3 on the season, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four over seven innings.
The Buckeyes will look for the sweep when they square off with the Golden Gophers at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- The Buckeyes are now 13-0 when leading after seven innings.
- Dezse has reached base safely in 28 of 29 contests this season.
- Porter singled to extend his hitting streak to four games.