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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The No. 3 seed Ohio State baseball team fell, 8-3, against No. 2 seed South Carolina in the opening game of the Greenville Regional in the 2018 NCAA tournament Friday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Gamecocks (34-24) rallied with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win over the Buckeyes (36-23). Ohio State left-handed starter Connor Curlis pitched a gem in his first NCAA regional start in a no decision performance, tossing six scoreless innings on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Freshman Dillon Dingler had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI in the loss.
“It was a tough loss for our guys and I really liked how we competed,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We had ourselves in position. Connor Curlis gave us a great outing on the mound. We got to a spot where his pitch count we thought was at his max. All year long we’ve asked Seth Kinker to pitch three innings and we’re opening day of regional and had a two-run lead in that spot. I have no regrets about that. It didn’t work out for us. Give South Carolina credit. They put up tough at-bats all day even against Curlis and they were finally able to break through in those final couple of innings.”
Ohio State will play at Noon ET Saturday in elimination game against the loser of East Carolina/UNC-Wilmington. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner (5-5, 4.62 ERA) will get the ball.
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