Ohio State Blanks West Virginia, 9-0
Brad Hallberg

April 9, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team shut out West Virginia, 9-0, Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 20-10 on the season while the Mountaineers fall to 17-16.

After Ohio State starter Brett McKinney struck out the side in the top of the first, the Buckeyes took the early lead against West Virginia starter Dan Dierdorff in the bottom of the frame. Joe Ciamacco singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on an error on a failed pickoff by Dierdorff, advanced to third on another Mountaineer error on a failed pickoff and scored on a single to left by Ryan Cypret for a 1-0 Ohio State lead.

The Buckeyes added to their lead with a pair in the bottom of the second. With two down, Tim Wetzel walked, moved to second on a single to left by Troy Kuhn and scored on an RBI single by Ciamacco. Ciamacco was then picked off first and caught in a rundown, allowing Kuhn to score from third to push the lead to 3-0.



McKinney continued to throw well for the Buckeyes, allowing one hit while striking out six over 5.0 scoreless frames before giving way to Jaron Long in the sixth.  After the junior right-hander tossed a scoreless sixth, David Fathalikhani ran into trouble in the seventh. A leadoff single by Ryan Tuntland and a double to left by Ryan McBroom put runners on second and third with nobody out but Fathalkhani struck out Matt Frazer and induced pop ups by Billy Fleming and Alan Filauro to preserve the 3-0 Buckeye lead.

After Greg Greve pitched a scoreless top of the eighth, the Buckeyes added two more against West Virginia reliever Ryan Hostrander in the bottom of the frame. Cypret was hit by a pitch and Pat Porter and Aaron Gretz both walked to load the bases with one down. Jacob Bosiokovic then hit a ground ball to short that went between the legs of shortstop Justin Fox to plate a pair. Kirby Pellant was then struck out for the second out of the inning but Brad Hallberg laced a two-run single to center to extend the Buckeye advantage to 7-0. Another Mountaineer error on a ground ball by pinch-hitter Mike Carroll allowed two more runs to cross home plate and cap the scoring at 9-0 as Trace Dempsey pitched a perfect ninth to end it.

Ciamacco went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while McKinney earned the win to even his record at 3-3.

The Buckeyes host Marshall at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

Game Notes
- Jaron Long made his first relief appearance since April 17 of last season against Xavier.
- The shutout was the fifth for Ohio State this season.
- The Buckeyes didn’t make an error for the third-consecutive game and the 14th time this season.
- Ohio State improved to 17-2 when leading after six innings and 19-3 when scoring more than two runs.