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.
- 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.