April 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind two home runs and four runs batted in from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team picked up a 12-6 win over Penn State to win its series against the Nittany Lions Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 21-15, 4-8 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions drop to 17-16, 5-3 in conference play.
“When the wind’s blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters and gets them going,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “It was good to see us pitch well out of the bullpen and hit well up and down the lineup to get this win to take the series.”
Penn State threatened against Ohio State starter Jake Post in the top of the first. James Coates walked to lead off the inning before a double to deep right by Steve Snyder put runners on second and third with nobody out. However, Post struck out Greg Guers for the first out the inning before Jim Haley hit a grounder to third and Jacob Bosiokovic threw home to cut Coates down out the plate for the second out. J.J. White then hit into an inning-ending fielder’s choice as Post was able to keep the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard in the top of the first.
The Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the inning against Penn State left-hander Nick Hedge. Nick Sergakis led off the frame with a double down the left-field line before a groundout by Ronnie Dawson moved him to third and a single through the left side by Troy Kuhn scored the Buckeye shortstop for the 1-0 Ohio State lead.
Ohio State tacked on three more in the bottom of the second. Dezse led off the inning with a home run to center before Bosiokovic singled through the left side and scored on a triple to left-center by Connor Sabanosh to push the Buckeye lead to 3-0 and chase Hedge from the game in favor of Ian Parvin. Sergakis then plated Sabanosh with a sacrifice fly to center to make it a 4-0 game.
The Nittany Lions put runners on first and third with one down in the top of the third after singles by Coates and Snyder but Post was able to get Haley to strike out for the second out of the inning before Sabanosh threw out Snyder trying to steal second to end the inning and preserve the 4-0 Ohio State lead.
Dezse then made it a 5-0 game with a solo home run to left-center, his third-straight at-bat with a long ball, off Parvin with two down in the bottom of the third.
The Nittany Lions responded with a pair off Post in the top of the fourth. With one down, Ryky Smith singled through the right side before a double to right-center by Zach Ell put runners on second and third. Ryan Richter then drove in a pair with a double to right-center to cut the Buckeye lead to 5-2.
Penn State knotted the score with a three-run top of the fifth. Snyder and Guers led off the inning with a pair of singles before Haley sacrificed both runners over. White then singled to center to score Snyder before Smith doubled down the left-field line to score Guers before a groundout by Ell plated White to even the score at 5-5.
The Buckeyes answered back to take the lead with a run in the bottom of the frame. Forsyth hit Pat Porter to lead off the inning before Ryan Leffel singled through the right side and Troy Montgomery sacrificed both runners over to second and third with one down. Forsyth then walked Dezse to load the bases before an error on a ground ball by Bosiokovic scored Porter for the 6-5 Buckeye lead.
After Tyler Giannonatti tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, Ohio State added to its lead in the bottom of the seventh. Montgomery tripled down the left-field line with one down before Penn State went to Jack Anderson out of the bullpen, who gave up a line-drive RBI single to center by Dezse to score Montgomery for the 7-5 Buckeye lead. After Anderson got Bosiokovic to line out to left for the second out of the inning, Sabanosh and Sergakis each followed with singles to plate Dezse and Dawson doubled down the left-field line to plate Sabanosh and Sergakis as Ohio State took a 10-5 lead.
The Nittany Lions were able to plate one off Giannonatti in the top of the eighth when Smith led off the inning with a double to left-center and, after Giannonatti struck out Ell, Richter scored Smith with a double to right-center to make it a 10-6 game.
Ohio State capped the scoring with two more in the bottom of the inning. The Buckeyes responded with Porter led off the inning with a single up the middle, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Leffel and scored on a single by center by Montgomery. Montgomery then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Dezse to push the Buckeye lead to 12-6.
Travis Lakins came on to pitch a perfect ninth as Ohio State came away with the rubber game victory.
Post picked up the win to improve to 4-2 on the year while Forsyth suffered the loss, evening his record at 2-2. Dawson finished the day 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI while Dezse went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. Sergakis also tallied a three-hit day with a double, two RBI and two runs scored while Montgomery and Sabanosh each recorded two hits.
Ohio State travels to Morgantown for a game against West Virginia at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday.
– Sergakis extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games.
– Dezse became the first Buckeye with two home run in a game since Bosiokovic went deep twice in an 11-0 win over Harvard March 8 of last season.
– Dezse homered in consecutive at-bats, the first Buckeye to do so since Matt Streng hit home runs in his first two at-bats at Illinois May 7, 2011.
– Sergakis picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season while Dezse notched his seventh.
– Dawson earned his team-high 13th multi-hit game of the season while Montgomery and Sabanosh each talied their fourth.
– The Buckeyes hit .337 with six doubles, two triples and four long balls in the series while tallying a 3.00 ERA.