May 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team swept a doubleheader against Northwestern Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes took the first game, 3-1, before winning the nightcap, 7-1. Ohio State moves to 26-20 on the season, 10-10 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern falls to 16-28, 5-15 in conference play.
“This is exactly what we needed,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We need to continue to take care of business and two wins today puts us right back in the thick of things. I was really impressed with the way Jaron Long competed and got us through eight innings and Brian King had all three pitches working tonight. I knew he was going to be tough from the start and it was great to see him take the perfect game into the eighth.”
Northwestern took the early lead in the top of second against Ohio State starter Jaron Long when Colby Everett reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out RBI single to left by Walker Moses.
Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the fourth when the Buckeyes took the lead with a pair of runs. Josh Dezse was hit by Northwester starter Francis Brooke to lead off the inning and an infield single by Mike Carroll put runners on first and second with nobody out. Brad Hallberg then laid down a sacrifice bunt but a throwing error by Brook allowed Dezse to score the Buckeyes’ first run of the game. After a lineout by Patrick Porter, David Corna grounded out to third and Carroll came around to score the go-ahead run as Hallberg was caught in a rundown between second and third.
The Buckeyes threatened again in the bottom of the fifth with runners at the corners and one down but a pair of groundouts to the pitcher by Ryan Cypret and Dezse ended the threat as Brooke was able to hold the Ohio State lead at 2-1.
In the meantime, Long settled down to retire nine in a row at one point before back-to-back one-out singles by Zach Morton and Paul Snieder in the top of the eighth. After a wild pitch and an intentional walk to Jack Havey loaded the bases, Long got out of the jam as he started a 1-2-3 double play on a bunt by Kyle Ruchim to end the threat and preserve the 2-1 lead.
The Buckeyes then tallied an insurance run in the bottom of the frame when Tim Wetzel singled up the middle to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Cypret and move to third on a groundout by Dezse before scoring on an infield single by Carroll.
Dezse came on in the ninth and allowed a one-out single but tallied a pair of strikeouts to end it and earn his fifth save of the season.
Wetzel, Dezse and Kirby Pellant each had a pair of hits for the Buckeyes while Long allowed one earned while scattering eight hits over 8.0 innings to move to 5-2 on the season.
The Buckeyes took the lead in the bottom of the second with a pair against Northwestern starter Brandon Magallones. Porter walked to lead off the inning, stole second and came around to score on an RBI double down the left field line by Corna. A fielding error by Northwestern third baseman Nick Linne on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Pellant then allowed Corna to score and make it 2-0 Ohio State.
Ohio State added three in the bottom of the third when Cypret was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, moved to second on a groundout, advanced to third on a fly ball to center and scored on an infield single by Hallberg. Porter followed with a single to left and Corna lined a double down the left field line to score Hallberg and Porter and push the lead to 5-0.
The Buckeyes pushed the lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Dezse singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to center by Corna and added another on an RBI single by Dezse in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead to 7-0.
In the meantime, Ohio State starter Brian King was dealing, retiring the first 21 batters he faced before Everett singled to lead off the top of the eighth inning. Everett then came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Moses to make it 7-1 Ohio State.
King then came out to toss a scoreless ninth for the Buckeyes’ fourth complete game of the season. The junior left-hander allowed just the one run on four hits while striking out five to move to 4-3 on the season and earn his first career complete game.
“We needed to win both games and it was great to come out and do that,” King said. “It (the perfect game) was in the back of my mind and it’s exciting while you have the opportunity but once it was broken up it was important to stay out there to pitch my game and pitch to win.”
Dezse, Corna and Pellant each had two hits in the nightcap. Corna tied a season high with four RBI.
The Buckeyes will look to sweep the Wildcats at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Kirby Pellant has reached base safely in his last 17 games.
- Josh Dezse has reached base safely in 45 of 46 contests this season.
- Jaron Long has pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or less in nine of his 10 starts.
- The Buckeyes are 21-0 when leading after seven innings.
- Every Buckeye reached base in Game 2.
- With two hits in the second game, Josh Dezse has recorded 14 multi-hit games on the season.
- Corna also recorded four RBI in the second game vs. Northwestern. It was the second time this season he has accomplished the feat with the first occurring March 18 vs. Austin Peay.