Ohio State Tops Ohio, 6-5, For Fifth in a Row
Kirby Pellant

April 10, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team held on to defeat Ohio, 6-5, on a cold and windy Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 19-12 on the season while the Bobcats fall to 16-16.

Ohio took the early lead when Jake Madsen went deep to right with a solo shot off Ohio State starter Brett McKinney for a 1-0 advantage in the top of the second.

Ohio State answered right back to tie the game in the bottom of the frame when David Corna reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Brad Hutton.

The Buckeyes then plated three runs on singles by Kirby Pellant, Joe Ciamacco and Corna and an RBI double by Brad Hallberg to take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Ohio State added another in the bottom of the fourth when Greg Solomon reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning and came around to score on an RBI single by Hallberg to extend the lead to 5-1.

Ohio responded with three runs in the top of the fifth on singles by Cody Gaertner, Ian Mezlak and Tyler Backstrom and a three-run double by pinch-hitter Dan Schmidt to cut the Buckeye lead to 5-4.

However, Ohio State answered with a crucial insurance run in the bottom of the inning when Hutton was hit by a pitch with two down, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches by Ohio reliever Shane Cole and scored on an RBI single by Pellant to extend the lead to 6-4.

The Bobcats threatened again in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third and one out but Paul Geuy struck out Jensen Painter and Andrew Armstrong came on to strike out Madsen to end the inning.

Armstrong and Trace Dempsey combined to strike out a pair in a scoreless eighth inning before Dezse came on to close it out in the ninth. Madsen was able to single home pinch-runner Garrett Black to cut the Buckeye lead to 6-5 but Dezse induced a fielder’s choice by Cozart to shut the door for his third save of the season.

Hallberg was 3-for-5 on the night with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored while Pellant went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Buckeyes host Akron at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday on Buck-a-Burger Night before taking on Nebraska this weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

- The Buckeyes are now 15-0 when leading after seven innings.
- Dezse has reached base safely in 30 of 31 contests this season and has at least one hit in 17 of his last 18 contests.
- The Buckeyes have won five games in a row for the first time since Feb. 2010.
- Ohio State is 52 of 63 in stolen bases after going 35 of 57 all last season.
- The Buckeyes are 11-1 this season when scoring six or more runs.