Ohio State Knocks Off Akron, 7-2
April 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team defeated Akron, 7-2, Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes have won six games in a row to move to 20-12 on the season while the Zips fall to 13-19.
After Ohio State starter Greg Greve tossed a perfect first, the Buckeyes plated two in the bottom of the frame off Akron starter Tyler Smith. Brad Hallberg singled with two down, Josh Dezse followed with a walk and Patrick Porter reach on a free pass to load the bases. Mike Carroll then came up and laced a single through the right side to score Hallberg and Dezse for the 2-0 lead.
The Buckeyes pushed the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third when Hallberg doubled and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to center by Porter.
Akron cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Brady Stewart was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Joey Havrilak followed with a bunt single and both came around to score on a two-out double to left-center by Jared Turocy.
Ohio State then plated four runs on four hits to push the lead to five in the bottom of the sixth. The Buckeyes used singles by Porter and Kirby Pellant sandwiched around doubles by Ciamacco and Gretz and a pair of bases-loaded walks against Akron reliever Jason McPeek to extend the advantage to 7-2.
Greve picked up the win to move to 3-2 on the season, allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out a pair over 6.0 innings. Hallberg went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Ciamacco and Pellant had two hits apiece.
The Buckeyes host Nebraska in a three-game Big Ten series this weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.