Ohio State Falls to Indiana, Advances to Big Ten Tournament
May 19, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped its series finale to Indiana, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Sembower Field. Despite the loss, the Buckeyes (31-25, 11-13 Big Ten) earn the No. 6 seed in the 2012 Big Ten tournament after Illinois fell to Minnesota in its series finale in Champaign.
The Buckeyes take on No. 3 seed Penn State at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at Huntington Park.
“We did not play loose and relaxed in our final conference series this weekend and we need to change that heading into this week,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We’re very fortunate that we have been given another opportunity and we need to come out re-energized on Wednesday.”
Ohio State took the lead early when Ryan Cypret took Indiana starter Chad Martin deep to left field for a solo shot and a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Buckeyes doubled the lead in the top of the second when David Corna was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a two-out RBI double to left-center by Greg Solomon for the 2-0 Ohio State advantage.
In the meantime, Ohio State starter John Kuchno was dealing, allowing just three hits over five scoreless frames to start the game. However, the sophomore ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth when a pair of walks and a single by Sam Travis loaded the bases with one out and a passed ball by Solomon allowed Kyle Schwarber to score the Hoosiers’ first run. An RBI groundout by Dillon Dooney then allowed Travis to score and tie the game at 2-2.
After both teams went scoreless in the seventh, Indiana took the lead with a pair in the bottom of the eighth. After Andrew Armstrong retired the first batter of the inning, Travis singled, advanced to second on a fielding error and was lifted for pinch-runner Will Nolden. After an intentional walk to Micah Johnson, Josh Dezse came on in relief of Armstrong.
Dooney then singled to left to plate Nolden with the go-ahead run and Michael Basil singled through the left side to score Johnson with an insurance run for the 4-2 advantage.
Indiana reliever Jonny Hoffman then tossed a perfect ninth to close it out after 2.1 innings of scoreless, relief.
Kuchno pitched well for the Buckeyes, allowing one earned run over six innings while striking out four in the no-decision. Cypret finished 2-for-3 with the solo home run and a walk.