Feb. 24, 2007
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TAMPA, Fla. – Kansas State broke a 2-all tie with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to get past Ohio State 5-2 in the nightcap and complete a doubleheader sweep at the Buckeye Baseball Classic at the New York Yankees Player Development Complex.
Jordan Cruz led off the inning with a triple down the left-field line. Byron Wiley knocked in Cruz to give K-State a one-run lead. Rightfielder Michael Arp (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) could not field the ball cleanly and Wiley was able to reach second. He moved to third on a pinch hit single through the right side by Tyler Ruch. Facing two outs, Eli Rumler doubled down the right-field line to score Wiley and when Arp’s throw missed the cut-off man, Ruch was able to score and give the Wildcats a 5-2 lead.
The Buckeyes managed only a double the rest of the way.
Rumler finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Cruz was 2-for-5 and scored a run. Catcher Daniel Dellasega led K-State with three hits. He also scored one run. The Wildcats out-hit the Buckeyes 13-7 and three Ohio State errors proved costly in the defeat. Kansas State finished with two errors. Jason Zoeller (Sr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) finished 3-for-4 to pace Ohio State.
In the top of the first inning, visiting Ohio State loaded the bases with no one out but managed only one run. Matt Angle (Jr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) led off the game with a single to left-center field, went to second on a walk by Tony Kennedy (Jr., Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) and to third when K-State starter Chase Bayuk hit Eric Fryer (Jr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg). A sacrifice fly by J.B. Shuck (So., Galion, Ohio/Galion) plated Angle, but the Wildcats turned a double play to end the inning.
Kansas State evened the score in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI-single by Drew Biery. The Wildcats left the bases loaded.
After two ground outs to start the fifth, Bayuk walked Kennedy. He stole second on then on a ball-four, wild pitch went to third. With runners at the corners, Shuck singled through the right side to plate Kennedy as the go-ahead run.
Rumler tied the game 2-2 with a one-out, solo home run to left field in the sixth inning.
K-State reliever Todd Vogel (1-0) got the victory and Trevor Hurley earned his second save. OSU reliever Trey Fausnaugh (Jr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) took the loss (0-1). Starter Josh Barrera (So., Somerset, Ohio/Sheridan) lasted 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits, leaving the game after his 104th pitch. Bayuk, the starter for the Wildcats, allowed two runs on four hits in six innings.
The Buckeye Baseball Classic concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Ohio State (1-2) will play Seton Hall and James Madison will meet Kansas State.