May 25, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 2 seed Ohio State baseball team dropped an 11-3 decision to top-seeded Indiana Friday evening at Target Field. The Buckeyes, 35-22 on the season, will take on No. 3 seed Nebraska in an elimination game at 3:35 p.m. CT Saturday.
After the Buckeyes got a runner in scoring position but couldn’t capitalize against Indiana starter Joey DeNato in the top of the first, Kyle Schwarber gave the Hoosiers the 1-0 lead with a solo home run to right off Brian King in the bottom of the frame.
The Buckeyes tied it in the top of the third when Joe Ciamacco reached on a bunt single with two down, stole second and scored on a double down the right-field line by Troy Kuhn. However, the Hoosiers responded to take the lead back in the bottom of the frame when Justin Cureton reached on a leadoff single and scored on a one-out single to left by Sam Travis for the 2-1 Indiana lead.
Ohio State answered back to take the lead with a pair in the top of the fifth. Zach Ratcliff reached on an error to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tim Wetzel and Greg Solomon followed with a bunt single to put runners at the corners with one out. Ciamacco then hit a come-backer to the mound for the second out of the inning and it appeared DeNato might get out of the jam but Kuhn came up huge again with a two-run double to left-center to plate Ratcliff and Solomon for the 3-2 Buckeye lead.
However, Indiana mustered six unearned runs in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-3 lead. Cureton singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a throwing error by King on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Sujka, advanced to third on a fly ball to left by Schwarber and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Sam Travis. Scott Donley then reached on an infield single and Michael Basil grounded an RBI single up the middle to give the Hoosiers the one-run lead. With runners at the corners and two down, Dustin DeMuth laid down a bunt and beat Greg Solomon’s throw to first to plate Sujka. Casey Smith followed with a line-drive single to right to score Basil and DeMuth came around to plate another run when Smith got in a rundown and was able to evade the tag of Kirby Pellant. Chad Clark then squibbed a ball to first which resulted in an infield single as the Buckeyes were unable to make the play and Smith scored all the way from second to make it a five-run game. David Fathalikhani came on to get Cureton to fly out to left for the final out of the inning but the damage was done.
King exited after tossing 4.2 innings, allowing 12 hits and eight runs (only two earned) while striking out three.
Travis then pushed the Indiana lead to 9-3 when he took Fathalikhani deep to left for a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. After Fathalikhani tossed a scoreless seventh, the Hoosiers tacked on two more in the eighth off Tyler Giannonatti to cap the scoring.
DeNato gave way to Luke Harrison after 7.0 frames, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out six.
Kuhn finished 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI while Ciamacco went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored.
- The Ohio State outfield came up huge defensively as Tim Wetzel and Joe Ciamacco each made a great catch up against the wall and Wetzel followed with two more great catches in the following two innings.
- Troy Kuhn notched his sixth-career multi-hit game and tied his career high with three RBI.