Ohio State Extends Win Streak to Seven with Doubleheader Sweep of Northern Kentucky
Aaron Gretz

May 1, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team swept a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky, picking up a 9-8 win in the opener before winning the nightcap 6-5 Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes improve to 30-13 on the season while Northern Kentucky drops to 8-37.

Game 1
The Norse took the early lead in the top of the first off Ohio State starter Jake Post. Bradley Vanderglas doubled to left-center with one down, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to center by Brad Clement to give Northern Kentucky the 1-0 lead.

Ohio State responded with a run to tie it against Northern Kentucky starter Tim Clark in the bottom of the second. Jacob Bosiokovic doubled off the wall in left-center to lead off the inning, moved to third when Zach Ratcliff reached on a throwing error and scored when Aaron Gretz grounded into a double play to make it a 1-1 game.



The Buckeyes plated another in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Brad Hallberg, Joe Ciamacco and Ryan Cypret tallied consecutive singles to load the bases with nobody out and, after Kirby Pellant fouled out, Pat Porter plated Hallberg with a sacrifice fly to center for the 2-1 lead.

Northern Kentucky knotted the score with an unearned run in the top of the fourth. Brad Clement reached on a two-base error by Porter to lead off the inning, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Cody Kuzniczci to tie the game at 2-2.

Ohio State wasted no time taking the lead right back in the bottom of the frame. Aaron Gretz singled to right with one down and scored on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Ciamacco. Cypret then followed with a walk to load the bases but Pellant lined to first to end the inning with Ohio State up 3-2.

The Norse took the lead with five runs on four hits in the top of the fifth. Zac Asman plated Quint Heady with an RBI double, Caleb Lonkard walked and scored when Post made an error on a squeeze bunt by Vanderglas, Clement singled home Asman and Josh Myers capped the scoring with a two-out, two-run long ball to left to give Northern Kentucky the 7-3 lead.

Ohio State then scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game once again. The Buckeyes loaded the bases with nobody out on an error and a pair of walks before Gretz chopped a two-run single to left off Northern Kentucky reliever Brett Cisper to score Porter and Bosiokovic. After a sacrifice bunt by Tim Wetzel, Hallberg singled home Mike Carroll and Ciamacco beat out a double play ball to score Gretz on the fielder’s choice and knot the score at 7-7.

Northern Kentucky responded with a run in the top of the sixth to jump ahead again. Logan Spurlin doubled to center off Ohio State reliever Ryan Riga to lead off the inning, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Lonkard to go up 8-7.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the bottom of the sixth as the Buckeyes scored another to tie it. Singles by Cypret and Porter put runners at the corners with one down and Bosiokovic followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score the Buckeyes second baseman and make it an 8-8 game.

After Greg Greve tossed a scoreless top of the seventh, the Buckeyes took the lead with a run in the bottom of the frame. A single by Gretz and a walk by Ciamacco put runners on first and second with two down. A throwing error by Kuzniczci while trying to pick off Ciamacco and an interference call on Clement at first base then allowed pinch-runner Jake Brobst to score the go-ahead run from second as the Buckeyes went up 9-8.

David Fathalikhani then tossed a perfect eighth and Trace Dempsey retired the Norse in order in the ninth to earn his 14th save of the season.

Ciamacco and Gretz each had three hits for the Buckeyes while Cypret, Bosiokovic and Hallberg tallied two-hit games. Greve picked up the win to move to 3-0 on the season.

Game 2
Things stayed quiet in the nightcap until Northern Kentucky was able to get a pair of runs off Ohio State starter Tyler Giannonatti in the top of the fourth. With two down, Clement and Myers singled and Kuzniczci drove both in with a double to left-center to take a 2-0 lead.

The Buckeyes weren’t able to get much going against Northern Kentucky starter Cody Cooper until threatening in the bottom sixth. Singles by Porter, Bosiokovic and Greg Solomon loaded the bases with one down before Wetzel popped out to second for the second out of the inning. Hallberg responded with a grand slam to left to give the Buckeyes the 4-2 lead after six frames.

After Brett McKinney tossed his second-consecutive scoreless relief inning in the top of the seventh, Ohio State tacked on another in the bottom of the seventh when Bosiokovic plated Porter with a two-out single to center for a 5-2 Buckeye lead.

David Fathalikhani came on for the top of the eighth and retired the first two batters he faced but allowed a two-out single to Asman and hit Vanderglas before giving up a game-tying three-run home run to left by Clement to tie the game at 5-5.

After Greve tossed a scoreless ninth, the Buckeyes won it with a run in the bottom of the frame. Cypret reached on a walk, Pellant sacrificed him over and Porter was intentionally walked before Bosiokovic grounded out to short for the second out of the inning. With runners at the corners and two down, Gretz hit a chopper down the first base line but Northern Kentucky reliever Brett Loeding was unable to come up with it as he ranged to the line and Cypret came around to score the game-winning run.

Greve earned his second win of the day to move to 4-0 on the season while Ciamacco, Porter, and Bosiokovic each tallied two-hit games.

Ohio State travels to Evanston, Ill., for a three-game weekend set against Northwestern. The opener is set for 4 p.m. ET Friday with the middle game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday and the finale at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.

Game Notes
- The games marked the first meetings on the diamond between the Buckeyes and the Norse.
- Joe Ciamacco and Aaron Gretz each tied career highs with three hits in Game 1.
- Game 2 marked the first-career start for Tyler Giannonatti.
- Ciamacco tallied his 11th and 12th multi-hit games of the season in the twinbill.
- Giannonatti tossed a career-high five innings and tied his career high with three strikeouts in Game 2.
- The grand slam by Brad Hallberg marked his second home run of the season and the first grand slam for a Buckeye since Ryan Cypret went yard in a 17-2 win over Marist March 9, 2012.
- Hallberg tied his career high with four RBI in Game 2.
- Pat Porter notched his team-high 14th multi-hit game of the season in Game 2.
- With the wins, the Buckeyes moved to 14-4 at home this season.
- Ohio State moved to 8-0 in the four doubleheaders this season.
- Greg Greve became the first Buckeye to win two games in the same day since May 7, 1995 when Ron Nelson picked up a pair of wins in two extra-inning victories over Northwestern.