May 9, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Ohio State baseball team blanked No. 25 Oklahoma State, 4-0, Wednesday evening at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 28-21 on the season while the Cowboys fall to 29-19.
Ohio State took advantage of Oklahoma State miscues to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. After starter Kyle Ottoson loaded the bases with one down on three walks and was replaced by reliever Kenton Bevacqua, Kirby Pellant recorded an RBI fielder’s choice to score Mike Carroll but an error by Cowboy shortstop Hunter Bailey allowed Brad Hallberg to plate the Buckeyes’ second run of the inning. Greg Solomon then scored David Corna from third on a perfectly placed bunt single down the first base line to give the Buckeyes the 3-0 advantage.
In the meantime, Trace Dempsey, making his first career start for Ohio State, was cruising allowing one hit and facing two over the minimum through five innings.
However, the freshman right-hander ran into some trouble in the bottom of the sixth. After retiring the first two batters he faced, Dempsey allowed an infield single to Bailey before a single to left by Robbie Rea put runners on first and second to end Dempsey’s night. Andrew Armstrong then came on in relief and induced an inning-ending groundout by cleanup hitter Jared Womack to preserve the 3-0 Ohio State lead.
The Buckeyes then extended the lead with a run off Oklahoma State reliever Vince Wheeland in the top of the seventh. Solomon doubled to left center to lead off the inning, moved to third on a bunt single by Tim Wetzel and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Josh Dezse to make it 4-0.’
Wetzel and Solomon each had two hits for the Buckeyes while Dempsey picked up the win in his first career start, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out three.
The Buckeyes host Seattle in a three-game set beginning Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Kirby Pellant has reached base safely in his last 20 games.
- Josh Dezse had his streak of 30 consecutive games reaching base snapped.
- The 5.2 innings pitched marked a career high for Dempsey.