May 6, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Northwestern with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 1,448 fans at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, OSU improves to 27-20 overall, 11-10 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern drops to 16-29 overall, 5-16 in conference play.
The Buckeyes took the early lead, plating three runs off Northwestern starter Luke Farrell in the bottom of the first. Ohio State loaded the bases on a leadoff single by Tim Wetzel, an error and a hit batter before Wetzel scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Mike Carroll. Ryan Cypret then scored on a balk and after Carroll scored third, Brad Hallberg drove him in with an RBI groundout for the 3-0 lead.
Ohio State threatened again in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with one down on singles by Aaron Gretz and Cypret and an intentional walk to Josh Dezse, but Farrell induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to keep it a 3-0 game.
After pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the second, Ohio State starter John Kuchno cruised until he ran into trouble in the top of the sixth. Kyle Ruchim led off the inning with a single to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a lineout to short by Colby Everett, Geoff Rowan scored Ruchim when his ground ball to first got away from Dezse on an error. However, Kuchno responded with a strikeout of Walker Moses and a groundout by Jack Livingston to end the inning.
The Buckeyes added one more in the bottom of the eighth when they loaded the bases with two down on a walk by Hallberg, a single by Patrick Porter and a walk by Gretz. Wetzel scored Hallberg with an infield single for the 4-1 lead. Desze sent the Wildcats in order in the top of the ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season.
Wetzel, Cypret, Dezse, Porter and Corna each had two hits for the Buckeyes while Kuchno allowed one earned run on six hits over 6.0 innings to pick up the win and move to 7-3 on the season.
The Buckeyes travel to Stillwater, Okla., for a pair of games at Oklahoma State starting 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.
- Kirby Pellant has reached base safely in his last 18 games.
- Josh Dezse has reached base safely in 46 of 47 contests this season.
- The Buckeyes are 22-0 when leading after seven innings.
- Every Buckeye starter reached base for the second consecutive game.
- Josh Dezse recorded his 15th multi-hit game of the season.
- Ohio State recorded 10 or more hits (13) for the 19th time this season. The Buckeyes are 15-4 in those games.
- Starting pitcher John Kuchno moved to 7-3 on the season with the victory.