Buckeyes Lack Discipline in 5-4 Loss to Bowling Green
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bowling Green
(14-19) came to Columbus having lost five non-conference games in a
row, but found the Ohio State (15-16, 5-4) bats to their liking as
they held the Buckeyes to just six hits in their 5-4 win over their
Big Ten hosts.
The Falcons got their offense going in
the third inning when Frank Berry and Andrew Kubuski hit back-to-back
singles. Both advanced on a wild pitch from Buckeye starter
Dean Wolosiansky. A second wild pitch brought Berry home to score.
An Alex Davison single then brought Kubuski home as well.
They tacked on another run in the
fourth when second baseman Ryan Cypret booted a double-play ball,
allowing Clay Duncan to score.
Tim Wetzel flied out to start the
bottom half of the inning, but then the Buckeye bats started to warm
up. Cypret followed Wetzel with a single to left field, and after a
Josh Dezse strikeout, Matt Streng added an infield single, sending
Cypret to third. With two outs, Brad Hallberg had an infield
single of his own, scoring Cypret to make it 3-1.
David Corna followed for the
Buckeyes and hit a double off of the base of the left field wall,
scoring both Streng and Hallberg to tie the ballgame.
After a quiet fifth inning, the Falcons
strung together four consecutive base hits in the sixth, scoring
twice. The Buckeyes got something going in the eighth inning when
Cypret reached on a fielder's choice and Dezse followed by
reaching base thanks to an error by shortstop Jon Berti. Cypret, who
moved to third on the error, was then brought home thanks to a balk
by pitcher Charles Wooten.
Ohio State went 1-2-3 in the ninth
to seal the game. Matt Malewitz got the win for the Falcons,
throwing 6.0 innings and giving up just five hits and three earned
runs. He entered the game with an 8.04 ERA, and left it with a 7.06
“Very disappointed,” said coach
Greg Beals after the game.
“Very disappointed. I give their guy
some credit, he threw some strikes. But we did not handle our
approach very well. We hit four balls hard. We get six hits and
three of them are chunks. Wetzel stung a ball. Corna stung a ball.
Engle hit two line drives to center field that were outs. And those
were better hits than the balls we got hits on.
“We just didn't have any discipline.
I don't know what we thought we were trying to do in the batter's box
tonight, but we did not have any discipline to stay on the outer half
of the plate and get hits. The strike zone was a little bit wide,
which helped. It was a pitcher's strike zone, but it was that way
both halves of the game.”
It was the second time in two weeks
that an in-state school came into Bill Davis Stadium and took a game
from the Buckeyes.
“It was just a lack of concentration
and a lack of focus,” said Beals.
“I've warned these guys, I've been on
the other side. I've been in that locker room. When teams come to
Ohio State, it's a big, big game, and they want to beat you. And
they go home thinking, 'Yeah, that place is awesome, but those guys
aren't that good'. And we can't let that happen. And we've done it
now a couple of times. It's a big game for those teams that come in,
and our guys have to understand that they can't just throw their hats
on the field and the Block O is gonna win the game.”
For Ohio State, Wetzel extended his
hitting streak to twelve games with an eighth-inning single.
Preceding the Wetzel hit, Brian DeLucia appeared to hurt himself
leaving the batter's box on a grounder. After the game Beals
confirmed that DeLucia merely hit his knee with his bat, but he'll be
Up next for Ohio State is a big weekend
series at Penn State (21-12, 5-4) as both teams try to get out of
their three-way third-place tie, and make a move on the top of the
Big Ten standings.
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