March 9, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – A three-run home run in the top of the eighth by Jacob Bosiokovic lifted the Ohio State baseball team to a 5-3 comeback win over Ball State Saturday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 8-4 on the season while the Cardinals fall to 5-8.
Saturday marked the first time Ohio State head coach Greg Beals and assistant coach Mike Stafford faced their former school after the two helped lead the Cardinals to three MAC West Division crowns and an NCAA Regional in their time in Muncie.
“We didn’t get off to a great start but we fought back, put together quality at-bats toward the end and our bullpen did a great job,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Our guys understood what this game meant to me and they had my back today. It was an interesting day but it was good to see our bullpen come up big and Bosiokovic come through with that home run.”
Ball State took the lead in the bottom of the third against Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg. After a pair of one-out singles by Wes Winkle and Blake Beemer and a double steal put runners on second and third, the Cardinals scored the first run of the game when Winkle came home on an error by Bosiokovic on a ground ball by Ryan Spaulding. However, after Spaulding stole second to put runners on second and third with one down once again, Goldberg was able to limit the damage with strikeouts of Sean Godfrey and Cody Campbell to keep it a 1-0 game after three innings.
Things stayed quiet until the top of the sixth when the Buckeyes were able to threaten against Ball State right-hander Chris Marangon. A double to left-center by Ryan Cypret and a single through the right side by Aaron Gretz put runners at the corners with one down. Ohio State then knotted the score when Cypret came around to score on an RBI fielder’s choice by Pat Porter.
Ball State answered right back in the bottom of the frame when T.J. Weir led off the inning with a solo home run to left to give the Cardinals the 2-1 lead. Elbert DeVarie then reached on an error with one down, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and, after a wild pitch on a walk to Winkle put runners at the corners with two down, Beemer doubled down the right-field line to plate DeVarie to push the lead to 3-1.
Ohio State rallied again in the top of the seventh when Mike Carroll and Bosiokovic each reached on infield singles to lead off the inning. Joe Ciamacco was then called out on a very close play at first base on a bunt attempt but both runners still moved to second and third. However, with one down, Marangon was able to get Craig Nennig to pop out to second and Tim Wetzel followed with a fly out to center as the Cardinals were able to cling to the 3-1 lead.
The Buckeyes then took the lead with a four-run top of the eighth. Cypret and Gretz led off the inning with singles to chase Ball State starter Chris Marangon in favor of left-hander Miles Moeller. After a sacrifice bunt by Porter moved the runners to second and third, Cypret came around to score on a passed ball to make it a 3-2 game. Hallberg then walked to put runners on the corners with one down but Carroll followed with a strikeout for the second out of the inning. Ball State then brought in right-hander Tyler Jordan to face Bosiokovic and, on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, the freshman lined the three-run shot just over the wall in left field to give the Buckeyes a 5-3 advantage they would not relinquish.
McKinney picked up the win to move to 2-1 on the season while Cypret went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Bosiokovic finished 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored.
Ohio State faces Coastal Carolina at 3 p.m. Sunday at TicketReturn.com Field.
– Aaron Gretz pushed his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games while Ryan Cypret extended his hitting streak to nine games.
– A day after tallying his first career multiple RBI game, Jacob Bosiokovic notched his second with a three RBI game.
– Cypret has now reached base safely in all 12 games while Gretz has reached in 10-straight contests.
– With three hits, Cypret tallied his second-consecutive multi-hit game, fourth of the season and 36th of his career.
– Over his last four appearances, Brett McKinney has tossed 11.0 scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out 14.