May 5, 2013
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EVANSTON, Ill. – Aaron Gretz’s two-run single in the top of the ninth gave the Ohio State baseball team a 5-3 win over Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 31-14 on the season, 13-7 in conference play, while the Wildcats fall to 20-19, 8-12 in the conference.
Ohio State wasted no time getting on the board against Northwestern starter Brandon Magallones. Ryan Cypret walked with one down, was sacrificed over to second by Kirby Pellant and scored on a two-out double to left by Pat Porter for the 1-0 Buckeye lead.
Northwestern responded with a run of its own off Ohio State starter Brian King in the bottom of the frame. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, King allowed a double down the left-field line by Zach Morton and Jack Havey followed with an RBI bloop single to center to tie the game at 1-1 after an inning of play.
After a pair of scoreless frames, the Buckeyes took the 2-1 lead when Porter took Magallones deep to right-center for a solo shot to lead off the top of the fourth.
King retired the next 12 batters he faced before running into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. Trevor Stevens singled to center to lead off the inning and Kyle Ruchim followed with an RBI double down the left-field line to tie the game. After a wild pitch moved Ruchim to third, Morton hit a sacrifice fly to right to give the Wildcats the 3-2 advantage after six innings.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases with one down in the top of the seventh on a single and a pair of walks and then tied it on an RBI infield single by Jacob Bosiokovic. However, with the bases still loaded and one down, Reed Mason got pinch-hitter Troy Kuhn to pop out and struck out Aaron Gretz to keep it a 3-3 game.
King then retired Northwestern in order in the bottom of the seventh before giving way to Brett McKinney, who tossed a perfect bottom of the eighth.
Porter walked to lead off the top of the ninth against Ruchim and, after a strikeout by Cypret, moved to third on a single by Troy Kuhn. Kuhn then stole second and with the infield in and runners on second and third, Gretz lined a hard-hit single off Morton at second base to score Porter and Kuhn for the 5-3 lead.
Trace Dempsey came on in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a two-out single to Scott Heelan but got a game-ending fielder’s choice to earn his 15th save of the season.
Pellant, Porter and Bosiokovic each had two hits for the Buckeyes while McKinney earned the win with a scoreless inning to move to 4-3 on the season.
The Buckeyes and Wildcats wrap up the three-game set at 4 p.m. ET Monday.
- Joe Ciamacco stole another base Sunday to move to 19-for-19 this season and 35-for-35 in his career but then got caught stealing for the first time in his career in the seventh.
- Pat Porter notched his team-high 12th double of the season in the first inning.
- Porter’s home run in the fourth tied him with Ryan Cypret for the team lead.
- Porter tallied his team-high 15th multi-hit game.
- Trace Dempsey has now pitched 27.0 innings without allowing an earned run and has tossed 12.0 scoreless innings in Big Ten play.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2