April 10, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team shut out Marshall, 5-0, Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 21-10 on the season while the Thundering Herd fall to 13-19.
The Buckeyes jumped on Marshall starter Kyle Kessler early, tagging him for four runs, two earned, on three hits in the bottom of the first. After Joe Ciamacco singled and stole second, Ryan Cypret hit an RBI double to right-center, scoring Ciamacco. Following a Kirby Pellant pop out, Patrick Porter reached on an error and Jacob Bosiokovic followed with a two-RBI double to left-center. Kessler was then pulled for right-hander Matt Hummell before Bosiokovic advanced to third on a fly out to left field and scored on a wild pitch from Hummel to give the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead.
The Buckeyes added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth off of Marshall reliever Chase Boster as Troy Kuhn scored on an RBI single from Brad Hallberg to make it 5-0. Kuhn had reached on a leadoff single and swiped second for his third stolen base of the season.
Ohio State starter Jake Post went 5.0 scoreless innings for the win, allowing three hits, striking out four and retiring the final 10 batters faced.
Ryan Riga came on in the top of the sixth and went 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and striking out two. David Fathalikhani came on for Riga with one out in the top of the seventhm retiring the only two batters he faced for the final two outs of the frame.
After allowing back-to-back singles to start the top of the eighth, Tyler Giannonatti induced a fly out and a double play to get out of the inning and keep the shutout intact. Trace Dempsey came on for the ninth, allowing a leadoff single but nothing else.
Ciamacco went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Post improves his record to 2-0 on the season. Kessler took the loss for the Thundering Herd and falls to 0-1.
The Buckeyes travel to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for a Big Ten series with Nebraska. Friday’s game time has been switched to 5:05 p.m. ET while the remaining two games on Saturday and Sunday stay at 3:05 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. ET, respectively.
- Ciamacco is now 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts this season and 29-for-29 for his career.
- Over his last two starts, Post has thrown 11.0 scoreless frames, allowing four hits while striking out eight and allowing no walks.
- Fathalikhani hasn’t allowed an earned run over 12 appearances this season.
- Dempsey hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last 15.1 innings.
- The shutout was the sixth for OSU this season.
- The Buckeyes turned four double plays in the game.
- Ohio State did not make an error for the fourth-consecutive game and the 15th time this season.
- The Buckeyes are 18-2 this season when leading after six innings and 20-3 when scoring more than two runs.
- Ohio State has outscored its four midweek opponents over the last two weeks 18-0.
- The game was delayed for 40 minutes due to severe weather in the bottom of the third.
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