April 15, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Ohio State baseball team fell to West Virginia, 4-1, Tuesday evening at Hawley Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 21-16 while the Mountaineers improve to 17-15.

In a game that was played in snowy and blustery conditions throughout, Ohio State struck first against West Virginia starter Ross Vance. In the top of the second, a walk by Pat Porter and singles by Troy Montgomery and Josh Dezse loaded the bases with one down. Vance then hit Jacob Bosiokovic to plate Porter for the early Ohio State lead but struck out Aaron Gretz and Nick Sergakis to limit to damage to one run.

The Mountaineers bounced back to take the lead off Ohio State starter in the second when Ryan McBroom reached on a leadoff double and, after Farmer struck out Jacob Rice, came around to score on two-run home run to left by Max Nogay for the 2-1 advantage.

West Virginia added to its lead in the bottom of the third. After Farmer retired the first two batters of the inning, the left-hander walked Billy Fleming before a wild pitch moved Fleming to second and McBroom drove him in with a single off the glove of Troy Kuhn to make it a 3-1 game. McBroom then advanced to second on a balk and third on a wild pitch before Rice single up the middle to push the Mountaineer lead to 4-1 after three innings.

Both starters took over from there, putting up zeroes until Michael Koltak took over for Farmer in the bottom of the eighth to toss a scoreless frame.

Vance came back out for the ninth and allowed a leadoff single by Ryan Leffel before a one-out walk to Dezse put runners on first and second. However, the left-hander bounced back to get Bosiokovic to line into a double play to end the game.

Bosiokovic finished 2-for-3 with an RBI while Farmer suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits while striking out a career-high nine over 7.0 innings. Ross picked up the complete-game win to improve to 1-0, allowing one earned run on eight hits while striking out 14.

Ohio State hosts Ball State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday.

– Sergakis’ hitting streak was snapped at a career-high eight games.
– Bosiokovic picked up his 11th multi-hit game of the season while Leffel notched his eighth.
– Farmer tallied a career-best nine strikeouts.