May 14, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell to No. 10 Louisville, 6-3, Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 33-19 on the season while the Cardinals move to 43-10.
The Cardinals took the early lead with three runs off Ohio State starter Tyler Giannonatti. Adam Engel walked to lead off the inning, Nick Ratajczak followed with a fielder’s choice but Engel moved to second on an error by Kirby Pellant and, after a groundout by Ty Young, Coco Johnson lofted a three-run home run down the left-field line to give the Cardinals the 3-0 lead.
Louisville added another run in the top of the second when Shane Crain led off the inning with a walk, moved to third on a single through the right side by Sutton Whiting and scored on a wild pitch to push the advantage to 4-0.
Greg Greve came on for the third and tossed two scoreless frames but ran into trouble in the top of the fifth. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Greve hit Young and Johnson followed with a two-run home run to left-center to extend the lead to 6-0.
After Louisville starter Kyle Funkhouser breezed through five scoreless innings, the Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. The Buckeyes loaded the bases on singles by Troy Kuhn, Joe Ciamacco and Pellant and plated two runs when Whiting made a throwing error on a ground ball by Brad Hallberg. Ohio State then added another when Pellant scored on a fielder’s choice by Pat Porter as the Buckeyes cut the lead to 6-3 after six innings.
Things stayed quiet until the Buckeyes threatened against Kyle McGrath in the bottom of the eighth. An error on a ground ball by Hallberg and a walk to Jacob Bosiokovic put runners on first and second with two down before Louisville went to closer Nick Burdi. Pinch-hitter Greg Solomon then legged out an infield single to load the bases but the right-hander was able to strike out Mike Carroll to end the threat and preserve the 6-3 Louisville lead.
After Trace Dempsey came on to toss a scoreless ninth, the fourth-consecutive scoreless frame put up by Buckeye relievers, Tim Wetzel led off the ninth with a single through the left side off Burdi. However, Kuhn flew out to center for the first out of the inning and Burdi followed by striking out Ciamacco before Wetzel was caught trying to advance to second on the ball in the dirt to end the game.
Johnson was a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes all night, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and two runs scored while driving in five. Kuhn and Pellant each tallied two hits for the Buckeyes. Funkhouser picked up the win for Louisville to move to 4-1 on the season while Giannonatti suffered the loss to drop to 0-3 for the Buckeyes. Burdi picked up his 12th save of the season with 1.1 scoreless innings pitched.
The Buckeyes conclude the regular season with a three-game set against No. 21 Indiana beginning Thursday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Troy Kuhn tallied his fifth multi-hit game of the season while Kirby Pellant tallied another multi-hit game to tie for the team lead with 16.
- With 1.1 scoreless frames Tuesday, Ryan Riga has allowed one earned run in 14.1 innings pitched over his last five appearances.
- Brett McKinney has allowed one earned run while striking out 18 in 13.1 innings pitched over his last 10 appearances.
- Trace Dempsey has tossed 29.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.