March 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team evened its series with Michigan State with a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 14-7 on the year, 1-1 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans fall to 10-9, also 1-1 in conference play.
“We received a really good pitching performance today,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Outside of the one swing, we pitched a shutout. We got six strong innings from Greg Greve and Jake Post was able to come in and give us three more to finish the ballgame so that was just what we needed.”
Nobody threatened until the Spartans did against Greve in the bottom of the third. With two down, a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases but Greve was able to get Blaise Salter to fly out to center to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
The Buckeyes took the lead off Michigan State starter Justin Alleman in the top of the fourth. Singles by Pat Porter, Jacob Bosiokovic and Ronnie Dawson loaded the bases with nobody out before a walk to Josh Dezse scored Porter. Troy Montgomery then followed with the big blow, a grand slam to right, to push the lead to 5-0.
Michigan State answered back in the bottom of the frame when Jimmy Pickens singled to lead off the inning and Ryan Krill homered to right with one down to cut the Buckeye lead to 5-2.
Ohio State added another in the top of the seventh when Craig Nennig walked to lead off the inning and pinch-runner Nick Sergakis came around to score on a double down the right-field line by Porter to push the lead to 6-2.
Post then came on in relief of Greve, tossing a scoreless final three innings to pick up his first-career save.
Greve earned the win to improve to 3-1, going 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out a pair. Kuhn, Porter and Montgomery each tallied two hits for the Buckeyes.
The rubber game of the three-game set is slated for 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
– Kuhn extended his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games.
– Kuhn tallied his eighth multi-hit game of the season while Porter notched his fourth and Montgomery picked up his third.