Hallberg's Double Gives Buckeyes 7-6 Walk-Off Win over Illinois
April 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team picked up a 7-6 walk-off win over Illinois in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Brad Hallberg lined a double into right-center to plate Greg Solomon with the game-winning run to improve the Buckeyes to 24-13 on the season, 8-6 in Big Ten play while the Illini fall to 24-11, 6-5 in the conference.
Illinois took the early lead against Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg. Thomas Lindauer and Michael Hurwitz walked and, after Goldberg struck out Justin Parr for the first out of the inning, the pair executed a double steal and Jordan Parr lined a single to left to score Lindauer for the first run of the game. Goldberg struck out Brandon Hohl for the second out of the inning but Jordan Parr stole second on the play and David Kerian followed with a two-run bloop single to center to push the Illini lead to 3-0.
Ohio State got a run back in the bottom of the frame against Illinois starter John Kravetz when Joe Ciamacco walked to lead off the inning, stole second and scored on an RBI single to left by Kirby Pellant.
The Buckeyes plated two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Back-to-back singles by Solomon and Tim Wetzel put runners on first and second with one down and Hallberg lined an RBI double over the head of Illini right fielder Davis Hendrickson to score Solomon for the first run of the inning. Ciamacco then plated Wetzel with an RBI groundout to short to tie the game at 3-3 after two innings.
Ohio State took the lead in the bottom of the third when Pat Porter took Kravetz deep to right for a solo home run and a 4-3 advantage.
The Illini responded with a run to tie it in the top of the fourth. After Goldberg retired the first two batters of the inning, Hendrickson doubled down the right-field line and Jason Goldstein singled up the middle to knot the game at 4-4. A single and a walk then loaded the bases but Hallberg made an excellent diving stop in the hole on the right side on a ground ball by Justin Parr to keep it a tie game.
Illinois then took the lead in the top of the fifth. Jordan Parr singled to left, stole second and scored on an RBI double down the right-field line by Hohl before Goldberg was relieved by Ryan Riga. Riga then struck out the side after coming out of the bullpen but the Illini had already taken the 5-4 lead.
Ohio State answered right back with a pair in the bottom of the frame against Illinois reliever Kevin Duchene. Ciamacco reached on an error to lead off the inning, stole second, moved to third on a single by Pellant and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Porter. Pellant then came around to score on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Jacob Bosiokovic to put the Buckeyes back ahead 6-5.
Illinois then knotted the score with a run in the top of the seventh. A hit batter, a single and a walk loaded the bases for the Illini before David Fathalikhani was relieved by Greg Greve. Hendrickson then hit a ground ball to second for a fielder’s choice but Hohl was able to score the tying run. With runners on first and third and one down, Greve was able to get Goldstein to pop out for the second out of the inning and Lindauer to fly out to left to keep the game tied at 6-6.
The Illini put runners at the corners with one down in the top of the eighth but Greve was able to get Hohl to pop up a squeeze bunt attempt for the second out and Kerian to foul out to Pellant to end the threat.
Things stayed quiet until the Buckeyes threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Pellant reached on an infield single but Porter’s sac bunt attempt failed as Pellant was thrown out at second base on the fielder’s choice. Illinois reliever Bryan Roberts’ pickoff throw to get Porter at first then sailed down the right-field line and allowed Porter to advance all the way to third. With one down, Roberts was able to get Bosiokovic to hit a soft liner to first for the second out of the inning and got Carroll to strike out sending the game to extra innings tied at 6-6.
After Trace Dempsey tallied his second scoreless inning in relief in the top of the 10th, Solomon was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wetzel to set up the walk-off double by Hallberg.
Pellant went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Hallberg and Porter each tallied four hits and a pair of RBI. Dempsey earns the win for the Buckeyes to improve to 2-0 on the season while Roberts suffered the loss to fall to 3-1.
The Buckeyes and Illini wrap up the three-game set at 12:05 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised live on BTN.