EAST LANSING, Mich. – Ohio State battled back from a 5-1 deficit early to tie the game, but it could not recover from a seven-run deficit later on and ended up losing the third game of this series with Michigan State, 14-7, Sunday at McLean Stadium. Ohio State drops to 21-10 overall but retains at least a share of the Big Ten Conference lead with a 6-3 record. Michigan State, which came into the series tied for the conference lead but dropped the first two games of the series, improved to 23-10 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten.
Things started out fine for the Buckeyes, who were seeking a fourth three-game sweep in this second season of three-game conference series. The team took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Zach Hurley led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Cory Kovanda’s single.
The Spartans topped that total in their half of the first, though, scoring twice on three hits and a walk with the big blow a two-run double by Jeff Holm. Three more runs in the second by the home team increased the Spartan lead to 5-1 entering the fourth inning.
The Buckeye bats got hot in the fourth. The team scored four times to tie the score at 5-all on the strength of six singles. All four runs were scored with two out with RBI singles registered by Brian DeLucia, Matt Streng, Tyler Engle and Hurley.
It wasn’t a tie game for long. Eli Boike hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth and two-outs later an RBI single by Torsten Boss extended the lead to 8-5. Boike’s hit chased OSU starter Dean Wolosiansky, who surrendered seven runs on nine hits and dropped to 3-4 with the loss.
The Spartans opened things up again in the fifth inning with four more runs with Holm’s two-out, three-run home run the big hit of the inning that made the score 12-5…a lead that proved to, ultimately, be insurmountable.
Spartan starter Tony Bucciferro lasted into the eighth inning, scattered 12 hits and only had the one rough inning to improve to 5-3 with the win.
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