March 11, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision at No. 7 Oregon State Tuesday evening at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 8-6 on the season while the Beavers improve to 15-3.

The Buckeyes struck early against Oregon State starter Jake Thompson. In the top of the first, Pat Porter walked and Jacob Bosiokovic was hit by a pitch before Ronnie Dawson blooped a single into center to plate Porter for the 1-0 Ohio State lead. Thompson struck out Josh Dezse for the second out of the inning but Troy Montgomery stroked a two-run double to deep right to score Bosiokovic and Porter to push the Ohio State lead to 3-0.

The Beavers knotted it up with three runs off Ohio State starter Jake Post in the bottom of the second. Oregon State loaded the bases with one down when a fly ball got lost in the sun and a walk and a single ensued before Logan Ice plated Dylan Davis with a sacrifice fly to center. A walk to Trevor Morrison then loaded the bases once again with two down for Andy Peterson. Post got Peterson to hit a grounder to second but Troy Kuhn’s throw was low and allowed a pair of runs to score to make it a 3-3 game.

The Buckeyes almost took the lead again in the top of the fourth against Oregon State reliever Mak Fox. With two down, Tim Wetzel reached on an infield single and Kuhn followed with a line-drive double down the left-field line but Wetzel was cut down trying to score from first on a close play at the plate as the game remained 3-3.

Oregon State then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. A walk by Andy Peterson and a single by Michael Conforto put runners on first and second with nobody out before Post got Gabe Clark to pop out for the first out of the frame. Travis Lakins then came on in relief and allowed an RBI single through the left side to plate Peterson as Oregon State took the 4-3 lead.

Things stayed quiet until Porter tripled to right-center off Trent Shelton to lead off the top of the eighth. However, Shelton got Bosiokovic to fly out to shallow right, Dawson to pop out to short and Dezse to fly out to center to get out of the jam and preserve the 4-3 advantage.

The Buckeyes got a leadoff walk by Jake Brobst in the top of the ninth but the sophomore was caught stealing as Shelton held the Buckeyes scoreless to pick up the save.

Post suffered the loss, allowing four runs, only two earned, on three hits over 4.1 innings while Dawson and Wetzel each tallied two-hit games. Lakins pitched well in relief, allowing two hits while striking out five over 3.2 scoreless frames.

Fox picked up the win for the Beavers to improve to 1-0 on the season while Shelton earned his second save.

Ohio State returns home for a three-game set with Siena to open its home slate beginning Friday. First pitch for the series opener is slated for 5:05 p.m. at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Dawson earned his team-high sixth multi-hit game of the season.
– Wetzel has hit safely in eight-consecutive contests.