Ohio State Wins Opener Against Penn State, 3-1
April 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Penn State, 3-1, Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 26-13 and 10-6 in the Big Ten while the Nittany Lions fall to 11-26, 2-11 in conference play.
Ohio State took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first against Penn State starter T.J. Jann. Joe Ciamacco walked to lead off the inning, stole second, moved to third when Ryan Cypret reached on an error by second baseman Luis Montesinos and scored the first run of the game when Kirby Pellant grounded into a double play.
The Buckeyes plated another in the bottom of the third off Jann. Back-to-back singles by Brad Hallberg and Ciamacco and a walk by Kirby Pellant loaded the bases with two down and Pat Porter followed with a free pass to score Hallberg for the 2-0 Buckeye advantage.
In the meantime, Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg was a little erratic but worked through six scoreless innings before running into trouble in the top of the seventh. Singles by Aaron Novak and Alex Farkes put runners on first and second with one down before a wild pitch moved both runners up. James Coates then lined a single to right to score Novak before David Fathalikhani came on in relief with runners at the corners and one down. The senior right-hander came up with a huge strikeout of Steve Snyder before getting Taylor Skerpon to ground out to end the inning and preserve the 2-1 Ohio State lead.
Brett McKinney came on for the top of the eighth and retired the first two batters of the inning before giving up a two-out double down the left-field line by Elliot Searer. A wild pitch then moved Searer to third but McKinney struck out Novak to keep the Buckeyes ahead 2-1.
Jann gave way to Ryan Harper to lead off the bottom of the frame and Ryan Cypret greeted him with a solo home run to left, his team-high fourth of the season, to push the Ohio State lead to 3-1.
Trace Dempsey relieved McKinney in the ninth and allowed a two-out single to Coates but shut the door as he got Snyder to ground out to end the game as the sophomore right-hander picked up his Big Ten-high 12th save of the season.
Cypret went 2-for-4 with a solo home run while Goldberg tossed 6.1 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out six to move to 6-0 on the season.
With rain expected Sunday, the teams will play a doubleheader starting at 3:05 p.m. Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.