April 27, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team took both games of a doubleheader to sweep a three-game series against Penn State Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes held on to take the first game, 10-8, before picking up an 8-3 win in the night cap. Ohio State improves to 28-13 on the season, 12-6 in Big Ten play, while Penn State falls to 11-28, 2-13 in conference play.
“We’ve played well this year in doubleheaders and now four of our conference wins are doubleheader sweeps,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “It’s a task to be motivated for 18 innings, especially on the back end of exam week, and I’m really proud of the way we responded. It was challenging for our guys but we took care of business today.”
After the originally-scheduled Penn State starter Steven Hill was a late scratch because of injury, the Buckeyes threatened against Ryan Harper in the bottom of the first. Ryan Cypret and Kirby Pellant both notched one-out singles and moved to second and third with two down on a groundout by Pat Porter. Harper was able to get Jacob Bosiokovic to ground out to third to end the inning and keep the Buckeyes off the scoreboard.
Ohio State took the lead with three off Harper in the bottom of the second. With runners on first and second and two down, Joe Ciamacco singled to left to score Tim Wetzel and Cypret followed with a two-run double off the glove of left-fielder James Coates to plate Brad Hallberg and Ciamacco to push the Ohio State lead to 3-0 after two innings.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth on a walk by Hallberg and singles by Ciamacco and Cypret. Nick Hedge then came on in relief of Harper to strike out Pellant but Porter followed with a two-run double to left-center and Bosiokovic then plated two with a single to make it a 7-0 game. After Mike Carroll singled through the right side, Bosiokovic came around to score on a throwing error when Gretz grounded into a fielder’s choice and then Wetzel blasted a two-run shot to cap the scoring and put the Buckeyes up 10-0 after four frames.
Ohio State starter Brian King cruised through four innings before giving up a two-run home run to left to Zach Ell as Penn State cut the Buckeye advantage to 10-2 in the top of the fifth.
Penn State added another in the top of the sixth when Steve Snyder doubled to left-center with two down and scored on an Ohio State error to make it a 10-3 Buckeye lead.
However, King settled down to put up zeros in the seventh and eighth innings before giving way to Tyler Giannonatti in the ninth. Penn State loaded the bases with nobody out on a walk and a pair of singles before Elliot Searer plated a pair with a single to left to cut the Buckeye lead to 10-5. After getting Coates to hit into a fielder’s choice, Giannonatti hit Matt Paradise before Trace Dempsey came on with the bases loaded and one down. The sophomore right-hander then struck out J.C. Coban but gave up a bases-clearing double to Ryky Smith to make it a 10-8 game before striking out Snyder to end the game and pick up his Big Ten-high 13th save of the season.
King picked up the win to move to 7-4 on the season, allowing three runs (two earned), on eight hits while striking out five over 8.0 frames. Cypret and Carroll each had three hits for the Buckeyes while Ciamacco notched a two-hit game.
Things stayed scoreless in the nightcap until Ohio State got to Penn State starter Greg Welsh in the bottom of the fourth. With two down, Zach Ratcliff lined a solo shot to left, his first-career home run, to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 after four innings of play.
The Buckeyes then tacked on four in the bottom of the fifth. An infield single, a hit batter and a walk loaded the bases with one down but Welsh was able to get Pellant to pop out to second for the second out of the inning. However, Porter followed with a bases-clearing triple to left-center and Bosiokovic reached on an error that allowed Porter to score to push the Buckeye lead to 5-0.
Ohio State threatened again in the bottom of the sixth when singles by Greg Solomon and Hallberg put runners at the corners with one down. Welsh then struck out Ciamacco for the second out of the inning before giving way to right-hander Cody Lewis. With two out and Cypret up to bat, the Buckeyes tried a double-steal with Hallberg and Solomon but Solomon got caught off third to end the inning.
After breezing through the first six innings scoreless, Jaron Long allowed an unearned run in the top of the seventh. Coates and Snyder singled to put runners at the corners with two down and Coates plated Penn State’s first run of the game after Searer reached on an error to make it a 5-1 game.
Alex Farkes led off the top of the eighth with a pinch-hit home run to left and, after a flyout by Taylor Skerpon, J.J. White doubled to right-center to chase Long in favor of Greg Greve. Aaron Novak then doubled to right-center to score White but Greve got back-to-back flyouts to center to end the rally with the Buckeyes ahead 5-3.
A double, an intentional walk and a hit batter loaded the bases for Ciamacco with one down in the bottom of the frame. Two runs then came in on a pair of errors by Luis Montesinos on a ground ball by Ciamacco and Cypret plated Hallberg with a sacrifice fly to center to push the lead to 8-3.
Brett McKinney came on to toss a scoreless ninth as the Buckeyes came away with their second Big Ten series sweep of the season.
Hallberg went 2-for-2 with two runs scored while Long earned the win to move to 5-4 on the season, allowing three runs (two earned), while striking out four over 7.1 innings pitched.
The Buckeyes take on Northern Kentucky in a doubleheader starting at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday.
- Mike Carroll tallied his sixth multi-hit game of the season in Game 1 while Ryan Cypret notched his ninth and Joe Ciamacco recorded his 10th.
- Carroll tied his career high with two stolen bases and set a career high with three hits in Game 1.
- Cypret, Pat Porter, Jacob Bosiokovic and Tim Wetzel each notched two RBI in Game 1.
- Zach Ratcliff made his first-career start in the nightcap.
- Trace Dempsey earned his Big Ten-best 13th save of the season in Game 1. He has now pitched 25.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
- Four of the first six Penn State hits against Jaron Long in Game 2 were infield singles.
- Ohio State improves to 24-2 when leading after six innings and 27-4 when scoring more than two runs.
- The sweep was the second for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play this season.
- After Saturday, the Buckeyes are 12-4 this season at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.