Buckeyes Blow Leads, Lose Weekend Series to Hoosiers 2-1
By Tony Gerdeman
State hit the road for their second Big Ten series of the season but
fell short on the defensive side of things, losing the weekend set 2-1
The series dropped the Buckeyes to 11-14 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten.
Starting pitcher Drew Rucinski set the tone for the Buckeyes, throwing
7.0 strong innings, giving up seven hits and just one unearned run
enroute to a 6-2 Ohio State win.
He struck out five in the process, and moved his record to 3-1 on the season.
Ohio State led 2-1 going into the seventh inning when they began to
break it open a bit. Greg Solomon scored on a Brad Hutton single, and
pinch-runner Joe Ciamacco (who replaced Hutton) later scored on a
sacrifice bunt from Tyler Engle.
The eighth inning saw the Buckeyes score a run without even getting a
hit. Tim Wetzel was hit by a pitch, then moved to second on a balk,
then advanced to third and then scored on consecutive flyouts. Solomon
then followed that up with a double and scored on a David Corna single.
Reliever Andrew Armstrong pitched two scoreless innings of relief to close it out for the Buckeyes.
Solomon went 2-3 with an RBI and scored two runs.
Game One Box Score
The Hoosiers scored five runs in the first three innings then held on
for a 5-3 win as starting pitcher Chad Martin pitched eight solid
innings while scattering eight hits.
Buckeye starter Brett McKinney went 5.2 and gave up eight hits and four earned runs. The loss makes him 1-2 on the season.
Indiana scored a run in the first, but the Buckeyes quickly answered
with three runs of their own in the second inning. Greg Solomon got the
inning started by getting hit by a pitch and would eventually come
around to score thanks to singles by Brad Hallberg and Matt Streng.
Hallberg would score on an Engle sacrifice bunt, and Streng would come
around to score on a Brian DeLucia single to centerfield, making it 3-1
The Hoosiers would score three of their own in the bottom half of the inning, and then add an insurance run in the third.
DeLucia, Wetzel and Streng had six of the Buckeyes' eight hits on the day.
Game Two Box Score
A Sunday afternoon with the wind blowing out generally means that there
are going to be some runs scored, and the rubber match of this series
was no exception as Indiana scored four unearned runs in the bottom of
the ninth to secure the 10-9 victory over the Buckeyes.
The game featured seven extra-base hits, and every Hoosier starter had at least one base hit.
The Buckeyes led 3-2 heading into the fourth inning when they seemingly
blew things open with a four-run inning. Matt Streng led off with a
double, which was then followed by a Tyler Engle walk. A Brian DeLucia
walk loaded the bases before Tim Wetzel brought Streng and Engle home
with a single.
DeLucia would score on an error, and Wetzel came home on a Josh Dezse sacrifice fly to end the scoring.
Ohio State added an eighth run in the sixth, giving them an 8-2 lead before the Hoosiers began fighting back.
Indiana scored two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings, but
the Buckeyes still lead it 9-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth
The Hoosiers led off the inning by reaching base on a Tyler Engle
error, and then followed that up with an Alex Dickerson single. Buckeye
reliever Dean Wolosianski then got a strikeout before giving up another
single to load the bases.
A second strikeout immediately following that single gave the Hoosiers
two outs. A triple to right field by T.C. Knipp brought all three
runners home, and a single by Michael Basil then brought Knipp home for
the 10-9 win.
Wetzel led the Buckeyes on offense, going 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs.
Buckeye starter Greg Greve went 4.0 innings and gave up five hits and
only two earned runs. The Ohio State bullpen went 4.2 innings and gave
up 11 hits and eight runs--only three were earned.
Game Three Box Score
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