#16 Oklahoma State Puts Up 16 Runs in Win Over Buckeyes
By Tony Gerdeman
In a battle of OSUs, #16 Oklahoma State (32-15) put 16 runs and 20 hits on the board in a 16-3 win over Ohio State (21-22) Tuesday night.
The Cowboys were led by catcher Jared Womack (six RBIs) and first baseman Zach Johnson (four RBIs). Starting pitcher Andrew Heck went 6.1 innings for the win. He gave up just five hits and three earned runs.
Oklahoma State got their scoring started early, manufacturing a run in the first inning and then getting two more on Johnson's two-run homerun in the third inning.
They plated three more in the fourth and five more in the fifth, capped by Womack's three-run homerun down the left field line.
“Their hitters took aggressive swings,” said Buckeye coach Greg Beals.
“Very offensive-type swings. These are the things that we've been talking to our guys about since day one, and they got an up close and personal look about what we're talking about.”
Buckeye starting pitcher Dean Wolosiansky was chased in that fifth inning after 4.2 innings of work that saw him give up eleven hits and eight runs. He picked up the loss, which moved him to 2-7 on the season.
“When you look at his pitch count, he goes 4.2 with 96 pitches,” Beals said of his starter.
“That means he was down in the count a lot. When you get down in the count with good hitters, then this is what you can expect. If you're in a situation where you have to throw strikes, and they know you have to throw strikes, they're gonna be offensive.”
The Cowboys added another run in each of the sixth and seventh innings, making it 13-0 before the Buckeyes finally drew blood in the bottom half of the seventh.
Josh Dezse, who went 2-3 on the night, led off the inning with a walk. Matt Streng singled, and catcher Steel Russell followed with another walk. David Corna was hit by a pitch which drove in a run. Streng then came home on a Joe Ciamacco ground out making it 13-2. Tyler Engle reached on a throwing error which scored Russell from third base, but that was all the Buckeyes could muster on the night.
Oklahoma State got two more in the eighth and one more in the ninth to finish their scoring binge for the evening.
The Buckeyes managed just seven hits in the game.
“You never look at an outcome as you go into the game,” said Beals when asked if this was the type of game he feared against an offensive team like Oklahoma State.
“It's more looking at an expectation of how our team is gonna play. We got a good lesson. We played a very good baseball team. A top 25 team.”
“We get them again tomorrow and it's another opportunity for us to play better baseball. To play a cleaner game, as far as execution.”
“I told them that we got an in-person look at attacking the baseball game the way we've been talking about it. The bottom of the zone for our pitchers with their fastball, and hitters being offensive and aggressive, trying to do damage when they swing the bat and not just make contact. I told them they're gonna have to get their fists up and get ready to fight again tomorrow.
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