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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.

Game 1

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.

Game 2

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.

Game Notes & Random Thoughts:

  • Dean Wolosiansky moved into a tie for 11th-place all-time – with Dan DeLucia, Mike Madsen and the great Steve Arlin – at Ohio State with 24 career victories.
  • Matt Beaumont, another of Ohio State’s all-time great pitchers, is 10th on the career list with 25 wins. He was in attendance tonight. It’s always nice to see former Buckeyes supporting the team.
  • The games vs. Akron marked the return of a trio of former Buckeyes: head coach Pat Bangtson and assistant coach Greg Cypret were each longtime assistants on Bob Todd’s Ohio State teams. And volunteer assistant coach Justin “Gus” Miller held that same capacity at Ohio State after his four-year career that included two seasons as team captain.
  • No batting practice for the Buckeyes today. Coach Greg Beals had the team work instead on defensive drills and skills. The team took BP in the cages Tuesday when rain forced the team to modify its workout for indoor activities.
  • Brian DeLucia made his 100th start in Game 1 today.
  • Derek Hannahs made his 1st career start at shortstop in Game 1 today.
  • Freshman Tim Wetzel grounded out to Akron sophomore Tyler Begun in the third inning. Both players are graduates of Mayfield High School in Mayfield Village, Ohio.
  • Plan to come out to Bill Davis Stadium for all three games this weekend when Ohio State hosts league-leading Michigan State in huge early-season Big Ten series. Game times are 6:35 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
  • The second game of tonight’s doubleheader will be aired on a tape delay at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Big Ten Network.
  • It will be a post-game fireworks Friday night Friday night. A big weekend of promotions are on tap this weekend, including free sling bags Saturday, and kids run the bases and post-game autographs Sunday.