April 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Murray State, 3-1, Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 22-17 on the year while the Thoroughbreds drop to 16-19.
“We recharged our batteries yesterday, cleaned our slate and I like how the guys played tonight,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “When you’re scuffling a little bit, you need your starter to come out and do what Tanner Tully did tonight. He really set the tempo by throwing strikes and forcing them to do something offensively.”
Ohio State got on the board with a run off Murray State starter Cameron Finch in the bottom of the first. Nick Sergakis led off with a single to center before a double to right by Ronnie Dawson put runners on second and third with nobody out. Troy Kuhn followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score Sergakis for the 1-0 lead after an inning of play.
The Buckeyes added another in the bottom of the third. Aaron Gretz led off the inning with a single and, after a groundout by Sergakis, Dawson walked and Kuhn singled through the right side to load the bases with one down. Pat Porter followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score Gretz to push the Ohio State lead to 2-0.
Tully breezed through five scoreless innings until running into trouble in the top of the sixth. Tyler Lawrence doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning before moving to third on a groundout by Luke Daugherty. After Tully got Matt McGowan to groundout for the second out of the inning, Michael Hargrove blooped a single down the left-field line to score Lawrence to cut the Buckeye lead to 2-1.
The Buckeyes answered back in the bottom of the frame when Dawson singled to lead off the inning before stealing second, moving to third on a groundout by Kuhn and scoring on another sacrifice fly by Porter to make it a 3-1 game.
Tully tossed a scoreless seventh before Trace Dempsey fanned three over the final two scoreless innings to earn his fifth save of the year.
Dawson finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored while Porter was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI. Tully allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four over 7.0 innings to improve to 4-2 on the year.
The Buckeyes and Thoroughbreds square off in the middle game of the series at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.
– Dawson notched his team-high 15th multi-hit game of the season while Porter picked up his 10th.
– Tully did not walk a batter in 7.0 innings and has issued just four free passes in 57.1 innings pitched this year.