Ohio State Drops 6-5 Decision to Cincinnati
Tim Wetzel

April 18, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell to Cincinnati, 6-5, Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 21-16 while the Bearcats improve to 13-24.

Ohio State took the early lead in the first when Joe Ciamacco singled with nobody out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a one-out RBI single through the left side to make it 1-0 after an inning of play.

Cincinnati answered back to tie it with a run in the top of the second when Matt Williams singled to lead off the inning, stole second, advanced to third on a fly out and scored on an RBI groundout by Nic Spence.

The Buckeyes then responded to take the lead right back when David Corna took Cincinnati starter Grant Walker deep to left-center to lead off the bottom of the second and plated another on a bases-loaded walk by Aaron Gretz in the bottom of third.

The Bearcats took the lead with three in the top of the fifth against Ohio State reliever Andrew Armstrong. Sam Vandenheuvel plated Braden Kline with an RBI single and Jake Proctor followed with a two-run home run down the left field line for a 4-3 Cincinnati lead.

In the meantime, Cincinnati reliever Thomas Gentile was throwing well in place of Walker, tossing four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the seventh. The junior gave up a single to Tim Wetzel to lead off the inning and walked Brad Hallberg to put runners on the corners before Evan Hills came on and walked Josh Dezse to load the bases. Patrick Porter, facing reliever Cory Hough, chopped one in front of the plate but Hough’s throw home was high and allowed Wetzel to score the tying run.  

The Buckeyes still had the bases loaded with one down but Hough struck out Corna Greg Solomon to end the inning and keep the game tied.

However, the Bearcats responded with two in the top of the eighth when Justin Glass reached on an error to lead off the inning, Joey Bielek followed with a double to put runners on second and third and Williams drove them home with a two-run single up the middle for a 6-4 Cincinnati lead.

Ohio State threatened in the bottom of the eighth when Ryan Cypret and Wetzel each singled with one down but Zach Isler came on to strike out pinch-hitter Mike Carroll and Hallberg to end the threat.

The Buckeyes cut the lead to 6-5 with two down in the ninth when Kirby Pellant came up with the bases loaded and scored Dezse on a sacrifice fly. A wild pitch put runners on second and third with two down for Cypret but the junior second baseman struck out swinging to end it.

McKinney pitched effectively in the start, allowing one earned run on three hits over four innings while Wetzel and Dezse each had three hits and scored a run.

The Buckeyes take on Illinois in a three-game set beginning Friday in Champaign.

- The game marked Wetzel’s second consecutive multi-hit game and fourth in his last five.
- Josh Dezse has reached base safely in 36 of 37 contests this season.
- The loss drops the Buckeyes to 5-2 on the year against teams from the state of Ohio.
- Ohio State is 60 of 73 in stolen bases after going 35 of 57 all last season.
-It is the 15th time this season the Buckeyes have had double-digit hits, including six of its last eight games.
-It was the fifth time for Dezse and third time for Wetzel getting at least three hits in a game this season.
-Ciamacco had a team high two runs scored vs. the Bearcats, the third time this season he has had multiple runs scored.