May 8, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Behind timely hitting and a strong outing out of Ryan Riga in his first-career start, the Ohio State baseball team defeated Georgia Tech, 3-2, Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 33-15 while the Yellow Jackets fall to 30-19.
"It's a big win for us," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "To invite this kind of opponent to Ohio State and represent well means a lot. We still have a lot of work to do. We have a big weekend ahead of us and the guys in the locker room are road warriors right now. They get a well-deserved day off tomorrow to recharge the batteries and get ready for one of the best teams in the country starting Friday."
Georgia Tech took the lead with a run off Riga in the top of the third. A double to left-center by Mott Hyde led off the inning and a bunt single by Thomas Smith put runners at the corners before Kyle Wren drove in Hyde with a fielder's choice to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead.
Neither team was able to get anything going against either Riga or Georgia Tech starter Josh Heddinger until the Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Brad Hallberg walked with one down and, after Joe Ciamacco struck out for the second out of the inning, scored on a triple to right-center by Ryan Cypret to tie the game at 1-1 after six frames.
After another scoreless frame by Riga in the top of the seventh, the Buckeyes threatened against Georgia Tech reliever Alex Cruz in the bottom of the inning. With one down, Jacob Bosiokovic walked and Mike Carroll followed with a single through the right side before Aaron Gretz moved the runners to second and third with a groundout to second. Tim Wetzel then came through with a two-run single to right-center to give the Buckeyes the 3-1 lead.
Brett McKinney relieved Riga and pitched a perfect top of the eighth before Trace Dempsey came on to face the heart of the Georgia Tech order in the ninth. After getting Zane Evans and Daniel Palka to fly out to start the inning, Sam Dove reached on an infield single and advanced to second on an error by Cypret. A.J. Murray followed with a single through the left side to plate Dove to make it a 3-2 game. Murray then stole second before striking out Daniel Spingola to end the game and pick up his Big Ten-high 16th save of the season.
Riga picked up the win to move to 2-0 on the season, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out five over a career-high 7.0 innings pitched. Wetzel finished the day 1-for-2 with a two-run go-ahead single in the bottom of the seventh.
The Buckeyes host No. 6 Oregon in a three-game set beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Wednesday marked the first-career start on the mound for Ryan Riga.
- Ryan Riga set a career high with 7.0 innings pitched and tied his career high with five strikeouts.
- Trace Dempsey earned his Big Ten-best 16th save of the season. He has tossed 28.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
- The Buckeyes improved to 32-4 on the season when scoring three or more runs.