Ohio State Nipped by Xavier, 3-2
Tim Wetzel

April 17, 2012

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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.

Ohio State responded to take the lead with a pair in the bottom of the frame when Tim Wetzel lined a two-out single up the middle to plate Joe Ciamacco and Kirby Pellant for the 2-1 advantage.

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.

Greg Solomon singled with one down and Wetzel and Ryan Cypret each walked to load the bases with two down but Willoughby was able to strike out Brad Hallberg to end the game.  

Wetzel went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Ohio State relievers Fathalikhani, Jaron Long and Josh Dezse combined to toss five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out a pair.

The Buckeyes host Cincinnati at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday before taking on Illinois in a three-game set beginning Friday in Champaign.

- The loss drops the Buckeyes to 5-1 on the year against teams from the state of Ohio.
- Josh Dezse has reached base safely in 35 of 36 contests this season.
- Ohio State is 60 of 73 in stolen bases after going 35 of 57 all last season.
- Tim Wetzel recorded his third multiple-RBI game of the season.
-The Buckeyes lost for only the second time this season when outhitting their opponent.