COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State swept a doubleheader against Akron, 5-0 in Game 1 and 8-1 in Game 2, Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State scored a run in each of the first five innings to build a 5-0 lead to support a solid pitching performance from Dean Wolosiansky. Wolosiansky pitched a complete game shutout to improve his record to 2-5 on the year. He scattered five hits, struck out four and walked only one.
“We challenged Dean (Wolosiansky) and I give him credit,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “This was his assignment today and he knocked it out. He didn’t have much trouble today, and the one time he did, he got out of it.”
Brian DeLucia led the way offensively with a couple of hits and two runs scored. He tripled off the right field wall to open the game and he scored two pitches later on a passed ball.
Brad Hallberg doubled in the second and scored on Steel Russell’s hard-hit single to make it 2-0.
Ohio State made it 3-0 in the third as DeLucia led off the inning with a single to right. He stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored one pitch later on a wild pitch.
Hallberg scored again in the fourth after reaching on a fielder’s choice and advancing around on a balk and an error. The Buckeyes’ fifth run was scored by Ryan Cypret as he singled in the fifth and came around to score on Matt Streng’s double.
After the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, Akron tallied a run on a two-out double by Kurt Gamby in the fourth to tie the game.
However, the Buckeyes bounced back with five runs on seven hits in the bottom of the frame. After a single by Josh Dezse to lead off the inning, a fielder’s choice by Greg Solomon cut down the Buckeye first baseman for the first out of the inning. David Corna then doubled to score Solomon and Brad Hutton singled to plate Corna but Hutton was thrown out trying to advance to second. Streng then laced a single through the left side and Tyler Engle doubled to right-center to score Streng and knock Akron starter Scott Foster from the game. DeLucia then walked and Wetzel singled to left to load the bases and Cypret then singled to right to score two more runs and cap a five-run fourth.
Ohio State then added two more in the fifth on a two run single by DeLucia to cap the scoring.
Cypret, Corna, Hutton and Streng each had two hits in the Game 2 win. John Kuchno picked up his first collegiate win, tossing four innings of three-hit ball while giving up just one earned run.
The Buckeyes (13-14, 3-3 Big Ten) host Michigan State in a three-game Big Ten series beginning Friday evening at Bill Davis Stadium.
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