Feb. 29, 2004
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Three Ohio State pitchers combined to allow seven runs on seven hits and eight walks in the first four innings as Coastal Carolina stormed out to a 7-0 lead before holding off the Buckeyes in an eventual 8-4 victory in the Baseball at the Beach tournament at Coastal Federal Field.
In his first career start, Ohio State left-handed pitcher Jesse Paciorek (Jr., Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood) struggled off the start walking the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning. He then got Adam Pernasilici to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, but back-to-back hits, an RBI single to center by Mike Costanzo, and a single shot to left-center by Jeremiah Grove netted one run and put runners at the corners. Needing just one out, Paciorek walked the next batter to load the bases and then walked Jason Krohn to score the second run of the game by Coastal Carolina.
Paciorek hit Michael DeJesus, the first batter he faced in the second inning, and then head coach Bob Todd replaced Paciorek with Justin Myers (So., Scottown, Ohio/Symmes Valley). Myers walked his first batter, Ryan McGraw, who, together with DeJesus, was bunted into scoring position by Brett Grandstrand. Pernasilici grounded out to third to score DeJesus before Myers walked the next two batters and gave way to the third Buckeye pitcher of the game, Chris Hanners (Jr., Groveport, Ohio/De Sales).
Coastal Carolina added three runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead. After getting the first two batters out, Hanners gave up a hit up the middle by DeJesus. After a walk to McGraw, Grandstrand’s infield single loaded the bases. Pernasilici sent a tower fly ball to right-center field where a charging Mike Rabin (Jr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East), the centerfielder, and Wes Schirtzinger (So., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North), the rightfielder, collided and the ball dropped to the ground. The bases cleared and Pernasilici reached third. A fly out to centerfield ended the inning.
The Chanticleers added another run in the fourth inning, turning a lead off single into a run on a shot up the middle by Krohn to go up 7-0.
Ohio State finally got on the board in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three runs to make it a four-run game. The first two batters of the inning were retired, but Rabin got things going for the Buckeyes with a single to right-center field. Coastal Carolina starter Kevin Marrie walked Anderson before Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover) knocked in two runs with a single to left field. After Caravati stole second, Paul Farinacci (Jr., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) batted him in for the third run with a single through the left side.
The Buckeyes added a run in the top of the seventh, turning a two-out walk by Rabin into a run when Drew Anderson (Jr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) doubled to the wall in left-center field to pull within three runs.
The Chanticleers added a run in the bottom of the eighth on a home run by Greg Orsimarsi, who drove a shot over the fence in left.
Farinacci was the only Buckeye with more than one hit. He went 2-for-2 with one RBI. Caravati was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Both Grandstrand and Grove had multiple hits as the Chanticleers out-hit the Buckeyes 10-7.
Paciorek got the loss for Ohio State to fall to 0-1 on the year. He pitched one inning allowing three runs on two hits and four walks. Marrie, the Coastal Carolina starter, left the game one out shy of being eligible for the win. Josh Fish got the win going only two innings, allowing one run on two hits. Marrie pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Ohio State finished 2-1 in the tournament beating Richmond 7-6 and Kent State 5-3 Saturday. The Buckeyes return to action March 5-7 in Jacksonville, Fla., where they will meet North Florida, Connecticut and Western Michigan.