WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – No. 22 Ohio State used a six-run second inning and held on to defeat Dartmouth, 7-6, Tuesday in Winter Haven.
Ohio State starter Drew Rucinski picked up his second win of the spring break trip, pitching six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out five. Catcher Dan Burkhart finished 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
The Buckeyes used five singles, a double and a three-run home run to right by Cory Kovanda – all with two outs – to put up six on the Big Green in the bottom of the second.
After giving up singles to three of the first six batters he faced, Rucinski settled down to retire the next nine Dartmouth batters. The junior right-hander gave up a double and a walk to lead off the top of the fifth before getting out of the jam by inducing a fielder’s choice and striking out a pair to end the inning.
Ohio State tacked on one more to make it 7-0 in the fifth after three singles to open the inning loaded the bases and Brad Hallberg drove home Burkhart with a sacrifice fly.
Dartmouth scored six in the ninth but left-hander Theron Minium came in to shut the door and earn the second save of his career.
The Buckeyes (13-5) will make the short trip to Auburndale to take on Rollins Wednesday at 6 p.m.
– Please understand the lack of notes today was due to the fact that the SID had to put his extra time into doing the scoreboard because nobody from the stadium was here.
– Hurley has produced a multi-hit game in four of five games on this spring break trip. It was Zach’s 10th multi-hit game of the season.
– Ryan Dew also produced his 10th multi-hit game of the season and fourth in five games on spring break.
– The home run was the third of Kovanda’s career. He has one in each of the last three seasons.
– After snapping his 13-game hitting streak to open the season yesterday at Bethune-Cookman, Michael Stephens hopefully started a new one with a single in the fifth inning today. The senior outfielder has still reached base safely in each game.
– In his two starts in Florida, Rucinski has gone 11 innings, given up two earned runs and struck out 10.
– Each Ohio State starter had a hit in the victory.
– Freshman Hunter Mayfield picked up his first career hit in the eighth inning.
– Right-hander Eric Shinn made his first appearance of the season in the ninth inning.