Ohio State Drops 5-3 Decision at Cincinnati
Kirby Pellant

April 17, 2013

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell to Cincinnati, 5-3, Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 23-12 on the season while the Bearcats improve to 14-21.

Ohio State wasted no time getting on the board against Cincinnati starter Grant Walker in the top of the first. Ryan Cypret singled to left and Kirby Pellant followed with an infield single to put runners on first and second with one down. After Pat Porter struck out for the second out of the inning, Jacob Bosiokovic hit a hard ground ball to third that Forrest Perron was unable to come up with and Cypret came around to score the first run of the game.

The Bearcats threatened against Ohio State starter Jake Post in the bottom of the frame when Ian Happ and Justin Glass both reached on singles and stole a base to put runners on second and third with two down. However, the Buckeye freshman was able to get Matt Williams to ground out to short to end the inning and keep Ohio State up 1-0 after an inning of play.

Post then retired the last seven batters he faced before giving way to Greg Greve in the bottom of the fourth. Glass singled through the right side with one down and, after a Williams strikeout, advanced to second on a wild pitch. Devin Wenzel followed with an RBI triple to deep center just over the head of Buckeye centerfielder Joe Ciamacco to tie the game at 1-1 after four innings.

Meanwhile, Walker retired 11 Buckeyes in a row before a one-out walk by Tim Wetzel in the top of the fifth. Wetzel was caught stealing but Brad Hallberg followed with a single to right, Ciamacco was hit by a pitch and Cypret walked to load the bases with two down. However, Walker was able to get Pellant to hit a soft liner to short to end the threat and keep the game tied.

Russell Clark then gave the Bearcats the lead when he led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run just over the wall in left off Tyler Giannonatti for a 2-1 Cincinnati advantage. Giannonatti was able to get Ryan Quinn to fly out for the first out of the inning but allowed consecutive singles to Ethan McAlpine and Perron before inducing a fly out by Happ for the second out of the frame. Ryan Riga then came on with two down and hit Glass to load the bases. Williams followed with a hard-hit grounder to third that Bosiokovic was unable to pick as McAlpine came around to score to put the Bearcats up 3-1 after five frames.

Walker was relieved by Matt Ring after facing one batter in the top of the sixth. The right-hander allowed one unearned run on three hits over 5.0 innings pitched.

Cincinnati added another off Riga in the bottom of the sixth when Clark singled to center and scored on a two-out double down the right-field line by McAlpine to push the lead to 4-1.

The Buckeyes put a pair of baserunners on in the top of the seventh when a Troy Kuhn single and a Hallberg walk sandwiched around a fly out by Wetzel put runners on first and second with one down. Ring was relieved by Bryan Chenoweth who got Ciamacco to fly out to left for the second out of the inning before a single by Cypret plated Kuhn for the first run of the frame. Kirby Pellant then followed with a two-out RBI double to left-center to scored Hallberg to cut the lead to 4-3. However, with two down and a runner on second and third, Cypret was cut down trying to steal home as the Bearcats preserved the one-run lead.

Riga retired the first two Bearcats of the bottom of the seventh before David Fathalikhani allowed a solo home run to left by Williams to put Cincinnati back up by two at 5-3.

Singles by Porter and Aaron Gretz put Buckeyes at the corners with one down in the top of the eighth but Chenoweth was able to get Kuhn and Wetzel to fly out to keep it a 5-3 game.

Andrew Strenge then came on in the top of the ninth for the Bearcats and got Hallberg to fly out, then struck out Ciamacco before Glass made a snag on the warning track of a hard-hit liner by Cypret to end the game.

Cypret and Pellant each had two hits for the Buckeyes while Post tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. Walker earned the win for the Bearcats while Giannonatti suffered the loss for Ohio State.

Ohio State hosts Illinois in a three-game Big Ten series beginning Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

Game Notes
- Ryan Cypret extended his hitting streak to six games.
- Jake Post tied his career high with four strikeouts and has achieved that feat in each of his last four starts. In his last three starts, Post has pitched 14.0 scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out 12 and not walking a batter.
- David Fathalikhani’s scoreless streak to start the season ended at 13 appearances and 9.2 innings with Williams’ home run in the seventh.
- Kirby Pellant tallied his 10th multi-hit game of the season and 22nd of his career.