Ohio State Drops Doubleheader Against No. 6 Oregon
Brad Hallberg

May 11, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against No. 6 Oregon Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Ducks won the opener, 3-1, in 11 innings before taking the nightcap, 4-0. The Buckeyes drop to 33-17 on the season while the Ducks improve to 39-11.

Game 1
The Buckeyes threatened against Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe in the bottom of the second. Pat Porter and Jacob Bosiokovic singled to lead off the frame but Troy Kuhn popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt, Greg Solomon followed with a foul out to left and Thorpe got Wetzel to strike out to end the inning.



Oregon then got on the board against Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg in the top of the fourth. Brett Thomas singled off the back of Goldberg to lead off the inning and a throwing error by Goldberg on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Aaron Payne put runners at the corners with nobody out. Ryon Healy followed by grounding into a double play but Thomas scored to put the Ducks up 1-0.

Things stayed quiet until the Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. With two down, Kirby Pellant doubled to left-center and advanced to third when Connor Hofmann was unable to come up with the ball on the warning track. After Porter walked to put runners at the corners, Bosiokovic blooped a single to left to score Pellant and tie the game at 1-1 after six frames.

The Ducks then threatened against Goldberg in the top of the seventh. Singles by Mitchell Tolman and Ryan Hambright put runners at the corners with two down but Goldberg was able to strike out pinch-hitter Tyler Baumgartner to end the inning and keep the game knotted at 1-1.

Ohio State tallied a pair of two-out singles against Thorpe in the bottom of the seventh but reliever Darrell Hunter was able to get Cypret to fly out to right to end the rally.

Ryan Riga relieved Goldberg to toss a scoreless top of the eighth and the Buckeyes couldn’t get anything going against Hunter in the bottom of the frame but, the Ducks threatened in the top of the ninth. With Brett McKinney on in relief, Healy reached on an error to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tolman but McKinney struck out Scott Heineman and got Hambright to line out to third to end the threat.

Ohio State then had runners on first and second with two down in the bottom of the ninth after a single by Aaron Gretz and a walk by Brad Hallberg against Garrett Cleavinger but the left-hander was able to get Joe Ciamacco to ground out to first to send the game to extra innings.

After a scoreless 10th inning, Oregon took the lead in the top of the 11th. Thomas led off the inning with a single and an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Payne put runners on second and third with nobody out. After McKinney intentionally walked Healy, Tolman lined a two-run single up the middle to give the Ducks the 3-1 lead.

A single by Gretz, a walk by Hallberg and a single by Ciamacco loaded the bases against Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy in the bottom of the 11th but the right-hander was able to strike out Cypret swinging to end it.

Ciamacco, Pellant, Bosiokovic, Gretz and Hallberg each had two hits for the Buckeyes while Goldberg tied his career-high 7.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits while striking out six. Cleavinger picked up the win to move to 7-0 on the season while McKinney suffered the loss, dropping to 4-4.

Game 2

The Ducks took the early lead in the nightcap off Ohio State starter Brian King. Payne singled to right with one down, stole second and came around on a two-out RBI single to center by Tolman for the 1-0 lead.

Oregon tacked on two more in the third when J.J. Altobelli tripled to right to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI single by Thomas. With two down and Thomas on third, Tolman lined a single to right to plate Thomas and push the Oregon lead to 3-0.

The Buckeyes threatened in the bottom of the third against Oregon starter Cole Irvin, putting runners at the corners with nobody out after Wetzel doubled and Hallberg reached on an error. However, Ciamacco popped into a double play on a bunt attempt and Cypret flew out to right to end the inning.

The Ducks added another off King in the top of the fifth when Altobelli walked, Thomas singled and Healy blooped a two-out RBI double down the left-field line to score Altobelli for the 4-0 advantage.

In the meantime, the Buckeyes weren’t able to get anything going against Irvin. The freshman tossed his third complete game, allowing six hits while striking out seven. King suffered the loss for Ohio State, allowing four earned runs on eight hits over 6.0 to fall to 7-5 on the season.

The Buckeyes and Ducks conclude the three-game set at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

Game Notes
- Brad Hallberg notched his eighth multi-hit game of the season and Kirby Pellant tallied his 15th in the opener. Joe Ciamacco had a pair of hits for his 13th multi-hit game, Tim Wetzel tallied his eighth and Aaron Gretz recorded his seventh.
- Brad Goldberg tied his career high with 7.0 innings pitched in Game 1.
- Wetzel made the play of the day when he leaped to rob Scott Heineman of a home run to left in the fourth inning of Game 2.
- The announced attendance of 2,225 marked a season high at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Game 2 marks only the fourth time the Buckeyes have been shut out by an opponent this season.