April 19, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped its opener to Illinois, 9-2, Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 23-13, 7-6 in conference play, while Illinois moves to 24-10, 6-4 in the Big Ten.
Illinois threatened against Ohio State starter Jaron Long in the top of the second. Jordan Parr led off the inning with a single up the middle and, after a fly out to right by Brandon Hohl, stole second and advanced to third when the throw got into center field. However, Long responded by striking out David Kerian looking on a 10-pitch at-bat and got Reid Roper to pop out to short to end the inning.
The Illini then took the lead with a four-run fourth. Michael Hurwitz singled to center to lead off the inning and a walk by Justin Parr put runners on first and second with nobody out. Jordan Parr followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners and Hohl doubled into right-center to plate a pair of runs. Kerian then singled to left to score Hohl and the Illini first baseman advanced to second on the throw home. Roper followed with a triple off the wall in right-center, plating Kerian and giving the Illini the 4-0 lead.
Illinois tacked on another in top of the fifth when Thomas Lindauer walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out single through the left side by Jordan Parr to push the lead to 5-0. The Illini then added one more in the top of the sixth when Davis Hendrickson singled and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Jason Goldstein, extending the Illinois lead to 6-0. The hit chased Long from the game in favor of Tyler Giannonatti, who walked the first two batters he faced to load the bases before Justin Parr cleared them with a triple down the right-field line to put the Illini ahead 9-0.
The Buckeyes were unable to do anything against Illinois starter Kevin Johnson through five frames before getting to the right-hander for two in the bottom of the sixth. Joe Ciamacco reached on an error with one down, Ryan Cypret followed with an infield single and Kirby Pellant walked to load the bases. Pat Porter followed with a bases-loaded walk to plate a run and Jacob Bosiokovic laced a single to left to score Cypret to make it a 9-2 game after six innings.
Ohio State couldn’t muster anything against three Illini relievers over the final three innings as Illinois came away with the 9-2 victory.
Cypret and Bosiokovic each had a hit for the Buckeyes. Johnson picked up the win for Illinois to improve to 6-2 while Long suffered the loss for Ohio State, dropping to 4-4.
Ohio State hosts Illinois in a three-game Big Ten series beginning Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- With another stolen base Friday, Joe Ciamacco is 15-for-15 on the season and 31-for-31 on the season.
- Ryan Cypret extended his hitting streak to seven games.
- Jaron Long came within one strikeout of tying his career high at eight.
- Greg Solomon threw out two Illini base stealers.
- Luke McGee struck out one batter to pitch a scoreless inning in his third appearance this season.