Ohio State Drops Series Finale to No. 21 Indiana, Earns No. 2 Seed in Big Ten Tournament
May 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped an 8-1 decision to No. 21 Indiana on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes earn the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after posting a 34-21 overall record in the regular season, 15-9 in conference play, while the Hoosiers improve to 40-13 overall and win the Big Ten regular season with a 17-7 record.
“I thought we had a good mentality and attitude pregame but we just did not play championship baseball today,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We did not pitch well enough, hit well enough or handle certain situations well enough. With that said, we still have a great opportunity and we need to redirect our energy toward next week in Minneapolis.”
The Hoosiers were able to get on the board against Ohio State starter Jaron Long in the top of the first. With two down, back-to-back singles by Sam Travis and Scott Donley put runners on first and second and Michael Basil followed with a two-run double to left-center to give Indiana the early 2-0 lead.
Ohio State got one back in the bottom of the first off Indiana starter Kyle Hart when Joe Ciamacco walked to lead off the inning and scored on a double to right-center by Kirby Pellant to cut the lead to 2-1 after an inning of play.
Indiana answered back with three in the top of the second. Justin Cureton reached on a fielder’s choice and Will Nolden followed with a walk to put runners at first and second with two down. Kyle Schwarber followed with an RBI single up the middle and Travis then doubled down the right-field line to plate Nolden and Schwarber. Donley then singled through the left side but Tim Wetzel came up throwing and cut down Travis at the plate to keep it a 5-1 game.
The Hoosiers added another in the top of the third when Basil walked to lead off the inning, moved to third with two down and scored on an RBI single through the right side to push the lead to 6-1.
Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the sixth when the Buckeyes rallied with two down against Hart. Pellant singled to left and Brad Hallberg followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second. Jacob Bosiokovic, however, grounded out to third to end the threat.
Indiana tacked one more on in the top of the eighth when Basil doubled to left to lead off the inning, moved to third on a groundout by Dustin DeMuth and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Nick Ramos to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Hoosiers then added another in the top of the ninth when Schwarber went deep to left with a two-out, solo home run off Ohio State reliever David Fathalikhani to go up 8-1 and cap the scoring.
Hart settled down after a shaky start, tossing 8.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits to move to 8-2 on the season while Long suffered the loss for the Buckeyes to even his record at 6-6. Pellant finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Buckeyes open the Big Ten Tournament at 3:35 p.m. CT Thursday at Target Field against a team to be determined.