March 26, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team shut out Marshall, 4-0, Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 16-7 on the season while the Thundering Herd falls to 6-16.
“It wasn’t ideal baseball weather but we stayed on task and kept things rolling,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “That was the one reason I really wanted to play this week. We were coming off a good weekend and had won seven of eight and I really didn’t want to take four days off. It was a little cold today but it was good to get back out there and compete.”
The Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the second against Marshall starter Alex Thackston. A single by Josh Dezse and a walk to Ronnie Dawson led off the inning before a wild pitch moved both runners up. After Zach Ratcliff struck out for the first out of the inning, Troy Montgomery singled to right to score Dezse for the first run of the game and chase Thackston from the game. Clint Wilson came on in relief to retire Nick Sergakis on a foul out but Dawson then came home when Montgomery got caught in a pickle between first and second to push the Ohio State lead to 2-0.
In the meantime, Ohio State starter Zach Farmer tossed 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out a career-high six.
Ohio State added to its lead against Wilson in the bottom of the fifth. Sergakis doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning and moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt before Wilson walked Gretz to put Buckeyes on the corners with nobody out. Wilson was able to get Troy Kuhn to pop out for the first out of the inning but Jacob Bosiokovic followed with a double to right-center to score Sergakis to push the lead to 3-0 after five innings.
Tyler Giannonatti relieved Farmer in the sixth and retired all six batters he faced over 2.0 scoreless innings.
The Buckeyes then added another run off Marshall reliever Ryan Hopkins in the bottom of the seventh when Gretz tripled down the right-field line to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Bosiokovic to make it a 4-0 game.
Trace Dempsey came on to toss a scoreless eighth and ninth inning as Ohio State picked up its eighth win in the last nine contests.
Kuhn finished the day 2-for-4 with a double while Bosiokovic went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Farmer picked up the win to even his record at 3-3.
The Buckeyes host Indiana in a three-game series starting Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
– Kuhn picked up his ninth multi-hit game of the season.
– Gretz notched his first-career triple in the seventh inning.