April 21, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team earned its second-consecutive series win with a 7-3 Sunday victory over Illinois at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 25-13 on the season, 9-6 in Big Ten play, while the Illini fall to 24-12, 6-6 in the conference.

“We’ve come back to win a series like this two weekends in a row,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Hopefully this team is learning the winning ways after tough losses on Friday, extra-inning wins on Saturday and good, clean Sunday wins the last two weeks. I feel like it’s been a learning experience as to just how to win games and it speaks a lot about our competitive toughness.”

The Illini took an early lead for the second-consecutive game against Ohio State. Starter Brian King gave up two runs in the top of the first. Thomas Lindauer doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning and, after King got Michael Hurwitz and Justin Parr to pop out, Jordan Parr singled to right to give the Illini the lead. Parr then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Brandon Hohl for the 2-0 Illinois lead.

Ohio State responded with three off Illinois starter Ryan Castellanos in the bottom of the second. Pat Porter doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning and a Jacob Bosiokovic singled put runners at the corners with nobody out. Aaron Gretz then singled through the left side to plate Porter and, after Greg Solomon sacrificed both runners over, Tim Wetzel plated Bosiokovic with an RBI groundout to short. Brad Hallberg followed with an RBI single to center to score Gretz and give the Buckeyes the 3-2 lead. Castellanos then hit Joe Ciamacco with a pitch and Ryan Cypret provided the big blow with a three-run shot to left-center, his third of the season, to put the Buckeyes up 6-2 after two innings.

Illinois got one back in the top of the third to make it a three-run game. Lindauer singled up the middle with one down and a fielding error on a ground ball by Hurwitz put runners on first and second with one down. Justin Parr then scored Lindauer with an RBI single to right to cut the lead to 6-3.

The Illini threatened again in the top of the fifth when singles by Lindauer and Hurwitz put runners at the corners with two down but King was able to get Justin Parr to fly out to left to end the rally.

Ohio State tacked on another in the bottom of the frame. Porter reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on an RBI double down the left-field line by Bosiokovic. The RBI single forced Castellanos out and pushed the Ohio State advantage to 7-3 after six frames.

In the meantime, King settled down nicely for another quality start, allowing three earned runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings pitched.

Brett McKinney then came on in relief, striking out four over 1.1 innings before giving way to Trace Dempsey tossed a perfect ninth as the Buckeyes picked up the series win.

Pellant and Bosiokovic each had two hits for the Buckeyes while King earned the win to improve to 6-4 on the season.

The Buckeyes host Penn State for a three-game set beginning Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

Game Notes
– The Buckeyes improved to 24-4 when scoring three or more runs.
– Ryan Cypret’s home run was his third of the season and eighth of his career.
Kirby Pellant notched his 12th multi-hit game of the season.
Trace Dempsey tossed another scoreless inning and has now pitched 23.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
– The Buckeyes have come back to pick up the series win each of the last two weekends after dropping the first game of the series.