May 18, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State baseball fell to Indiana, 5-0, Friday afternoon at Sembower Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 31-24 on the season, 11-12 in the Big Ten, while Indiana improves to 29-26, 15-8 in conference play.
Ohio State needs a win Saturday and an Illinois loss in at least one of the final two games against Minnesota to make the Big Ten tournament next weekend at Huntington Park in Columbus.
The Hoosiers took the early lead against Ohio State starter Brian King in the bottom of the first when Kyle Schwarber singled up the middle with one down and Sam Travis followed with a home run to left for the 2-0 advantage.
Indiana double its lead in the bottom of the second when Dustin DeMuth singled to center with one down and Chris Sujka took King deep to left for a two-run home run and a 4-0 lead.
After giving up the four runs early, King settled down to retire 13 of the next 14 batters he faced but Indiana starter Kyle Hart was in cruise control, allowing just two hits through the six innings before running into some trouble in the seventh. A walk to David Corna and a single by Greg Solomon put runners on first and second with two down before a balk moved them to second and third for Tim Wetzel. However, the Buckeye leadoff man who had reached in his first three at-bats of the day grounded out to short to end the rally.
The Hoosiers then added to their lead when Michael Basil led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to left-center to push the Indiana lead to 5-0.
Hart capped his day by striking out the side in a scoreless eighth before giving way to Ryan Halstead, who tossed a scoreless ninth to close it out.
Wetzel, Brad Hallberg and Solomon each had a hit for the Buckeyes, who were shut out for just the second time this season. Hart was the story for Indiana, allowing three hits while striking out eight over 8.0 shutout innings.
The Buckeyes and Hoosiers conclude the three-game set at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.
- Kirby Pellant has reached base safely in his last 26 games.
- The Buckeyes were shut out for the second time this season and the first since March 20.