Ohio State Tops Seattle, 4-1, in Opener
Jaron Long

May 11, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State baseball team opened its three-game set with Seattle with a 4-1 victory Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 29-21 on the season while the Redhawks fall to 21-23

Seattle took the early lead off Ohio State starter Jaron Long in the top of the first. Marcelino Morales reached on an infield single before a single to left by Trent Oleszczuk put runners on first and second with nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt, Jace Sloan plated Morales with an RBI groundout for the 1-0 Redhawk lead.

The Redhawks threatened again in the top of the second when Nate Roberts singled up the middle to lead off the inning but was cut down at the plate on a perfect relay throw by Kirby Pellant to Greg Solomon at home on a double to left field by Nick Latta.

The Buckeyes tied it with one in the bottom of the second after Mike Carroll walked against Seattle starter Seafth Howe to lead off the inning, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout by Brad Hallberg and scored when Patrick Porter got caught in a rundown between first and second.

Ohio State then took the lead in the bottom of the third when Pellant walked to lead off the innings, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Tim Wetzel and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Cypret for the 2-1 Buckeye advantage.

Things stayed quiet until the Buckeyes rallied for two runs with two down in the bottom of the sixth. Hallberg doubled down the left field line and Porter lined a single up the middle to score the Ohio State third baseman. After a stolen base by Porter, Corna found the hole on the right side for a single to plate the Buckeye left fielder for the 4-1 lead.

Long gave way to Andrew Armstrong, who struck out the side in a perfect eighth, before Josh Dezse closed it out in the ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Porter went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Wetzel and Hallberg had two hits apiece. Long picked up the win to move to 6-2 on the season, allowing one earned run over seven innings.

The Buckeyes and Redhawks square off in the middle contest of the three-game set at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.

- Ohio State basketball point guard Aaron Craft threw out the first pitch before Friday's contest (Not a bad arm out of the former high school quarterback)
- Kirby Pellant has reached base safely in his last 21 games.
- Pellant recorded his team-leading 28th stolen base of the season.
- Patrick Porter made the play of the night, robbing Brian Olson of extra bases with a diving grab in deep left center on a fly ball to lead off the top of the 7th.
- Jaron Long has pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or less in 10 of his 11 starts.
- Andrew Armstrong struck out the side in the eighth for his ninth consecutive scoreless appearance.
- Brad Hallberg recorded his team-high 19th multi-hit game.
- Porter matched his career-high with three hits against the Redhawks. Porter also notched three earlier
this year against Eastern Michigan March 27.
- Tim Wetzel's two-hit performance gives him 11 multi-hit games this season.