May 12, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State baseball team dropped its series finale against No. 6 Oregon, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium .With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 33-18 while the Ducks improve to 40-11.
After Jaron Long tossed a scoreless top of the first for Ohio State, the Buckeyes threatened against Oregon starter Jake Reed in the bottom of the inning. Reed walked Joe Ciamacco and Ryan Cypret to lead off the game and a fielder's choice by Kirby Pellant put runners at the corners with one out. However, the Buckeyes tried a double-steal attempt that was foiled as Pellant was thrown out between first and second and Ciamacco was caught trying to come home to end the inning.
Oregon then got on the board in the top of the fourth. With one down, Mitchell Tolman and Tyler Baumgartner notched back-to-back singles but Long uncorked a pair of wild pitches as Tolman came around to score to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
Both pitchers took over from there, putting up zeroes in the middle innings before Long was relieved by Ryan Riga in the 8th. The sophomore left-hander was solid for the third-consecutive start, allowing one earned run on seven hits while setting a career high with nine strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched.
After Riga tossed a perfect top of the eighth, Reed was relieved by Christian Jones in the bottom of the frame. The Oregon sophomore right-hander pitched 7.0 shutout frames, scattering three hits while striking out four.
Jones pitched around a two-out walk in a scoreless eighth before Jimmie Sherfy retired the Buckeyes in order in the ninth for his 17th save of the season.
Porter went 2-for-4 for the Buckeyes while Long suffered the tough-luck loss to fall to 6-5 on the season. Reed earned the win for the Ducks to improve to 6-3.
The Buckeyes host No. 10 Louisville at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.