Buckeyes Drop Two of Three on the Diamond at #10 Georgia Tech
By Tony Gerdeman
Ohio State opened their second weekend of baseball on Friday, but the Yellow Jackets proved rude hosts for the most part, taking two of three from a young Buckeye squad.
Ohio State travels to Port Charlotte, Florida next weekend for the Snowbird Classic and will take on Michigan, Villanova and play a doubleheader against Western Michigan.
Game One — Despite three home runs from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team dropped a 12-4 decision at No. 10 Georgia Tech Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
After a scoreless first, Dezse put the Buckeyes up in the top of the second with a solo shot to left off Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer. It was his second home run of the season and second in as many games.
The Yellow Jackets responded with a pair in the bottom of the inning to take the 2-1 lead. Zane Evans and Jake Davies each doubled to lead off the inning and a one-out single by Sam Dove scored Davies to give Georgia Tech the lead.
Georgia Tech added to its lead with four more in the bottom of the third. Kyle Wren walked to lead off the inning and Brandon Thomas followed by chopping a double over the head of Dezse at first to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Daniel Palka scored Wren on an RBI groundout and Evans singled to center to score Thomas and make it 4-2 Georgia Tech. Paul Kronenfeld then doubled down the right-field line with two out to plate Evans and Dove singled to center to score Kronenfeld and make it 6-1 Georgia Tech after three.
Chase Butler then led off the fourth with a home run to right-center for a 7-1 Georgia Tech lead. Wren then followed with a walk and Ohio State starter Brett McKinney was chased from the game in favor of Paul Geuy. The senior right-hander came in and picked off Wren but allowed two more runs as the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead to 9-1 after four frames.
After a scoreless fifth, Dezse hit his second home run of the day, a shot to left with one down in the sixth. Corna then walked with two down and scored on a double to deep center by Hallberg to make it 9-3 Georgia Tech.
After Georgia Tech added one in the sixth and two in the seventh to make it 12-3, Dezse notched his third home run of the day, this one to right field, to cut the lead to 12-4 Yellow Jackets. The three home runs tied an Ohio State single-game record last accomplished by Chad Ehrnsberger on May 3, 1998 against Indiana.
“I did a good job getting deep in the count,” Dezse said. “I was able to lay off a couple good sliders and found fastballs. The last at-bat, I knew I wasn’t going to see a fastball so I sat on a curveball, got it up in the jetstream and it got out.”
Dezse finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored while Hallberg went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
Farmer picked up the win for Georgia Tech, giving up three earned runs over six innings. Dove led the Yellow Jackets with three hits.
Game Two — The Buckeyes bounced back to top Tech, 7-3, Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 3-2 on the season while Georgia Tech dropped to 5-2.
The Buckeyes jumped out to the early lead for the second consecutive game when Tim Wetzel hit a one-out solo home run to right for his first career long ball.
Ohio State then pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second. Mike Carroll reached on an error to lead off the inning, David Corna singled to right and Brad Hallberg walked to load the bases. Joe Ciamacco, making his first start of the season, drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Carroll and Greg Solomon followed by grounding into a double play but Corna was able to score the Buckeyes’ third run of the game.
The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when A.J. Murray walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out bloop single down the right-field line by Zane Evans.
The Buckeyes answered right back with three in the top of the fourth. After loading the bases with nobody out for the third consecutive inning, Kirby Pellant drove in Hallberg with an RBI single through the right side, Ciamacco scored on a double-play ball by Wetzel and Dezse plated Solomon with a two-out single to center.
Ohio State starter Brian King continued to cruise until he was relieved by Jaron Long after five innings of three-hit ball. Georgia Tech plated one in the sixth when Mott Hyde doubled in Sam Dove but Ohio State answered right back when Corna led off the top of the seventh with a solo shot to left to make it 7-2 in favor of the Buckeyes.
The Yellow Jackets scored one more on a two-out RBI single by Daniel Palka in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Ohio State lead to 7-3.
Long was then able to shut the door, fanning four over the final two frames.
Wetzel finished the day 4-for-5 with a home run while Corna and Hallberg recorded two hits apiece. King moved to 2-0 on the season, allowing one earned over five innings while striking out four. Long earned his first career save, striking out five over four innings.
Game Three — The Ohio State baseball team dropped its series finale at Georgia Tech, 13-4, Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Buckeyes fell to 3-3 on the season.
The Buckeyes took the early lead for the third time in the series when Kirby Pellant smoked a triple down the right-field line to lead off the game and was driven in on a sacrifice fly to right by Ryan Cypret to make it 1-0 Ohio State.
The Yellow Jackets bounced right back to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Ohio State starter Greg Greve issued back-to-back walks to Kyle Wren and Brandon Thomas to lead off the inning, then induced a groundout by Daniel Palka and struck out Zane Evans but with two down Jake Davies hit a line drive over the wall in right-center to put Georgia Tech on top.
Georgia Tech added to its lead in the third when Connor Lynch cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double to deep left to push the advantage to 6-1 after three innings. Sam Dove then drove in Palka with a two-out single through the right side after David Fathalikani had come on to relieve Greve to make it 7-1 after four innings.
After Georgia Tech plated six in the fifth, Ohio State scored a pair in the top of the sixth to make it 13-3 Yellow Jackets. Tim Wetzel singled to lead off the inning and Cypret walked, Wetzel scored on a sacrifice fly by David Corna and Cypret came home on an RBI single by Ciamacco.
The Buckeyes added one more to close out the scoring in the top of the seventh to make it 13-4 when Solomon reached on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Wetzel.
Pellant and Ciamacco each had two hits for the Buckeyes while Davies and Lynch had three apiece for Georgia Tech.
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