April 22, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Ohio State baseball team topped Illinois, 10-4, Sunday afternoon at Illinois Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 22-18 on the season, 7-8 in Big Ten play, while Illinois falls to 22-17, 5-7 in conference.
Illinois threatened to get on the board in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with one down, but Ohio State starter John Kuchno struck out Davis Hendrickson looking and induced an inning-ending fielder’s choice by Thomas Lindauer to keep the game scoreless.
The Buckeyes took full advantage of the missed opportunity with four in the top of the third. Ohio State loaded the bases with nobody out and Tim Wetzel scored David Corna with an RBI groundout. After a walk to Ryan Cypret, Josh Dezse plated Kirby Pellant and Greg Solomon with a two-run single to right and Mike Carroll followed with another RBI groundout for the 4-0 lead.
Ohio State then tacked on five more in the top of the fourth. Patrick Porter reached on a catcher’s interference to lead off the inning and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Pellant, Cypret plated Corna with a bases-loaded single and Dezse followed with a two-run double to right-center to score Greg Solomon and Tim Wetzel. Carroll then scored Cypret with an RBI groundout to extend the lead to 9-0.
Illinois was able to get on the board in the bottom of the frame when Thomas Shelton doubled with one down and came around to score on a two-out infield single by Davis Hendrickson. The Fighting Illini added another on an RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 9-2 Ohio State lead.
After Illinois cut the Ohio State lead to 9-4 on five walks and an RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth, the Buckeyes answered right back with a run on an RBI bunt single by Corna to push the lead to 10-4.
Kuchno picked up the win to move to 6-3 on the season while Dezse went 2-for-5 with four RBI. Carroll and Brad Hallberg also recorded two-hit games for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes host Bowling Green at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.