March 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Indiana, 8-2 and 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 16-10, 2-4 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers improve to 15-10, 5-1 in conference play.

“I thought we played young,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We made a lot of mistakes this weekend that younger teams make. The character of this ball club will be very important over the next week. When you face adversity, your character becomes defined and we’ll find out what we’re all about in the next week.”

Game 1

Indiana threatened against Ohio State starter Greg Greve in the top of the first. The Hoosiers loaded the bases with one down on a pair of singles and a walk but Greve bounced back to strike out Dustin DeMuth and got Craig Dedelow to ground out to end the inning.

The Buckeyes took the lead against Indiana starter Kyle Hart in the bottom of the third. With two down, Ryan Leffel and Pat Porter both singled and Josh Dezse followed with a two-run double down the left-field line to score a pair for the 2-0 Ohio State lead.

Indiana took the lead in the top of the fifth when Casey Rodrigue tripled to center with one down and Kyle Schwarber followed with a home run to right to tie it. After Greve induced a groundout by Sam Travis, Scott Donley lined a solo shot to right as the Hoosiers took a 3-2 lead.

After Will Coursen-Carr came on to relieve Hart in the bottom of the fifth after the left-hander exited with an injury, the Hoosiers added to their lead in the top of the sixth. Will Nolden and Nick Ramos singled to put Hoosiers at the corners with one down. Tim O’Conner then plated Nolden with a safety squeeze before a walk to Rodrigue forced the Buckeyes to go to Jake Post out of the bullpen. Post walked Schwarber to load the bases and Sam Travis singled to right to score Ramos and Rodrigue before Schwarber came around to score as Travis got in a rundown between first and second to push the lead to 7-2.

Indiana tacked on another in the seventh. With one down, DeMuth and Dedelow singled before a balk brought home DeMuth to make it an 8-2 game.

Coursen-Carr continued to shut the Buckeyes down, finishing off the game with 5.0 shutout frames as Indiana came away with the win.

Coursen-Carr picked up the win to move to 2-2 on the season while Greve suffered the loss for the Buckeyes, falling to 3-2.

Dezse went 3-for-4 with two RBI while Leffel went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Game 2

Indiana took the early lead in the top of the first off Ohio State starter Tanner Tully. With two down, Travis singled, stole second and came around to score on a double to left by Donley for the 1-0 advantage.

The Hoosiers added to their lead in the second. DeMuth was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before a single by Luke Cureton put runners at the corners with nobody. Ramos followed with a bloop single to right to score DeMuth and an error after a bunt single by O’Conner scored Cureton to push the lead to 3-0. Rodrigue then plated Ramos on an RBI groundout to third as the Indiana lead swelled to 4-0 after two innings.

Ohio State cut into the Indiana lead with a run off starter Christian Morris in the bottom of the fourth. Troy Kuhn reached on a leadoff walk before a double to left by Ronnie Dawson put runners on second and third with nobody out before a groundout by Dezse scored Kuhn to make it a 4-1 game.

Tully settled down after the three-run second to retire the next 10 batters he faced and hold the Hoosiers scoreless until the seventh. Rodrigue led off the inning with a bunt single and moved to third on two more singles before a sacrifice fly by Donley plated the Hoosier second baseman to extend the lead to 5-1.

Indiana added to its lead off reliever Travis Lakins in the top of the eighth. Brad Hartong reached on a single to lead off the frame before DeMuth notched an inside-the-park home run past a diving Dawson in center to push the lead to 7-1.

Brian Korte came on for the Hoosiers after Morris retired the first two Buckeyes of the frame. The Indiana right-hander allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out four over 7.2 innings pitched.

After Korte picked up the final out of the eighth, Scott Effross came on to toss a scoreless ninth as Indiana earned the series sweep.

Morris picked up the win for the Hoosiers to improve to 1-2 on the season while Tully suffered the loss, falling to 3-1.

Ohio State takes on Ohio at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Dezse notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season in Game 1 while Leffel tallied his fifth.
– Sabanosh extended his hitting streak to six games after a single in the sixth inning of the opener.
Nick Sergakis tallied his first-career triple in the seventh inning of Game 2.