Feb. 19, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a great opening day for the Ohio State baseball team. The Buckeyes (1-0) launched three home runs on 11 hits, while junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully tossed six scoreless frames in a 7-1 win over in-state opponent Toledo (0-1) at the Inaugural Historic Dodgertown Classic Friday afternoon at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. The Buckeyes have won 22-consecutive games vs. the Rockets, including a 5-0 mark under sixth-year head coach Greg Beals.
“It was great to answer the bell like we did against another team,” Beals said. “We played very clean baseball. We allowed just one walk and committed no errors and had some big hits. I’m happy with our opening performance today.”
Redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic, junior co-captain catcher Jalen Washington and junior center fielder Troy Montgomery all homered vs. the Rockets. In all, seven different Buckeyes registered a hit. Bosiokovic led the charge, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Senior infielder co-captain Nick Sergakis was 2-for-4 with a run scored and senior infielder L Grant Davis was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Washington and Montgomery each had a pair of RBI as well.
Bosiokovic, a native of Delaware, Ohio, didn’t wait long to put the Buckeyes on the board. On a 3-2 pitch, the 6-5 right fielder clobbered a fastball over the wall in left center for the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. It was a great sign to see for coach Beals as Bosiokovic missed the majority of the 2015 campaign due to injury.
“Both Jacob and Jalen took advantage of their opportunity today,” Beals said. “Jalen has been working his tail off for three years and got the nod. It was great to see him get off to a good start. For Bosiokovic, he struggled and dealt with some injury in the past and hopefully today will allow him to relax a little bit and have a great season for us.”
Tully, the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, had a strong first outing, allowing no runs, while scattering six hits with a walk and three strikeouts to improve to 1-0.
“It was just what the doctor ordered to have a first start like that,” Beals said. “Give the Toledo hitters credit. I thought they took some good swings and hit him at times. He wasn’t his sharpest, but six scoreless innings is pretty darn good.”
The Elkart, Ind. native, Tully stranded two in the bottom of the second and continued to roll, highlighted by a five-pitch, fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Ohio State played a little small ball and long ball. Bosiokovic scored from first base on a bunt single and throwing error by the UT right fielder. The stage was then set for Washington, who launched his first career home run down the left field line vs. Rockets’ freshman pitcher Casey Johnson to push the score to 5-0.
Tully got out of a jam in the top of the sixth when he induced a groundout in front of the plate on a nice field and throw by Washington.
The Buckeye bats continued to crush. With a runner on base, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery rocketed a two-run shot over the wall in right for his first of the season to open the game, 7-0.
Redshirt sophomore right-hander Austin Woodby relieved Tully in the seventh and claimed the three-inning save in his first appearance as a Buckeye. Woodby fanned two batters and allowed one run in the eighth.
The Buckeyes return to the diamond for two contests on Saturday at Holman Stadium. Ohio State takes on Niagara at 2:30 p.m. ET before facing Pitt at 6 p.m. ET.
Tickets can be purchased at the Historic Dodgertown Hotel Registration Office in advance, and at Holman Stadium on event days. Daily admission allows for all games that day.
Saturday: $12 per person
All Tournament Pass: $25
KIDS: $3 each day