Ohio State Nipped by Xavier, 3-2
April 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Xavier Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 21-15 on the season while the Musketeers improve to 16-21.
Xavier took the 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Brian Bruening was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and came around to score on a wild pitch by Ohio State starter Paul Geuy with two down.
The Musketeers then tied it in the top of the fourth when Vinny Nittoli walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on a safety squeeze by Joe Noble. Xavier took the lead in the top of the fifth when Mark Elwell was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Nittoli.
David Fathalikhani came on in the fifth and was brilliant for three scoreless innings in relief of Geuy but the Buckeye offense was unable to muster much of a threat until the bottom of the ninth against Xavier closer Seth Willoughby.
The Buckeyes host Cincinnati at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday before taking on Illinois in a three-game set beginning Friday in Champaign.