COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State fell to the Columbus Clippers, 4-3, in a seven-inning exhibition game Tuesday evening at Huntington Park.
With the game tied at three in the bottom of the fifth, Chad Huffman drove in Lonnie Chisenhall with a single off the wall in right field to give the Clippers a lead they would not relinquish.
“I told the team to take advantage of the opportunity to play in a Triple-A venue and in the venue where the Big Ten Conference tournament will be held,” Ohio State coach Greg Beals said. “I told the guys to pay attention to everything. Watch what these Triple-A players and the pro players do to prepare as baseball players. The guys are getting an up-close look at what they are trying to achieve. All the guys in our clubhouse want to play pro ball.”
After both pitchers looked solid through the first couple innings, the Clippers put three on the board off Zach McAllister but the Buckeyes answered back with three of their own to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Brian DeLucia lined a solo home run to left to lead off the inning and after a walk of Tim Wetzel, catcher Luke Carlin hit a towering home run to right to tie the game at three.
After Chisenhall scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, relievers Jess Todd and Jensen Lewis were able to shut the Buckeyes down over the final two innings to get the win.
The Buckeyes outhit the Clippers, 7-5.
Up next, the Buckeyes take on Miami (OH) at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.
– Huntington Park, site of this year’s Big Ten tournament, was in great condition despite the cold, wet weather in Columbus recently.
– The Buckeyes became huge fans of the wood bats in batting practice, with numerous players going deep off coach Greg Beals.
– One Buckeye that initially was not a huge fan of the wood bats was Derek Hannahs. The freshman was the first player to get sawed off in batting practice.
– The Clippers provided all of the pitching for the game. Zach McAllister threw for the Buckeyes and Austin Adams started for the Clippers.
– Clippers catcher Luke Carlin was a Buckeye for the night, catching and in the five-hole in the lineup while Steel Russell moved to the other dugout and was behind the plate for the Clippers.
– The Columbus Senators first played The Ohio State University in an exhibition game in late April, 1899. The Senators played in the Western League that season. That winter the league changed its name to the American League and the Senators moved to Cleveland in 1900. They are now the Cleveland Indians.
– Clippers shortstop Luis Valbuena made a pair of great plays up the middle, one on a ground ball by Josh Dezse, the other started a 6-4-3 double play on a grounder by Brad Hallberg when Valbuena ranged far to his left and flipped the ball with his glove to Cord Phelps at second who was able to turn the double play. However, Hallberg got his revenge when he made an excellent diving pick to his left on a one-hopper to retire Valbuena the following inning.