April 9, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped an 8-5 decision to Dayton Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 19-14 while the Flyers improve to 13-17.

Dayton got on the board early with two unearned runs in the top of the first off Ohio State starter Trace Dempsey. Robby Sunderman reached on leadoff walk before Dempsey hit Sergio Plasencia and Alex Harris sacrificed both runners over to second and third with one down. After Dempsey struck out Ryan Berry, the Buckeyes made two errors on a ground ball by AJ Ryan as both runners came to score and Dayton took the 2-0 lead.

The Flyers added two in the top of the third. Plasencia and Harris each recorded one-out singles and, after Dempsey struck out Berry, Ryan blooped a single down the left-field line to score Plasencia and Aaron Huesman lined a single through the left side to plate Harris to push the Dayton lead to 4-0.

Ohio State then tallied three to make it a one-run game in the bottom of the inning. Aaron Gretz doubled to right to lead off the inning, moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back doubles by Nick Sergakis and Troy Kuhn cut the lead to 4-2 and, after a walk to Ryan Leffel, Troy Montgomery plated Kuhn to make it a 4-3 game.

However, Dayton answered right back with three off Ohio State reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos to push the lead to 7-3. Glenn Jones singled and Sunderman walked before Harris launched a three-run home run to left to make it a four-run game.

Ohio State added another off Gobert in the bottom of the fifth. With one down, Pat Porter singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to center by Leffel to cut the Dayton advantage to 7-4 after five innings.

The Buckeyes then narrowed the deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the sixth when Ronnie Dawson hit a two-out, solo home run to right, for his second long ball of the season.

Nick Weybright relieved Gobert and pitched around a leadoff double by Porter in a scoreless seventh before the Flyers tacked on another off Travis Lakins in the top of the eighth. Jones reached on a one-out double, moved to third on a single by Sunderman and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Plasencia to push the lead to 8-5.

Weybright then finished off his first save of the season with two more scoreless frames to end the game and give Dayton the win.

Sergakis, Porter and Gretz each tallied two hits for the Buckeyes. Dempsey suffered the loss to fall to 1-3 on the year while Gobert picked up the win to improve to 2-1.

Ohio State takes on Penn State in a three-game series starting at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Porter earned his eighth multi-hit game while Sergakis notched his fourth and Gretz tallied his third.
– Gretz has picked up three doubles over the last two games.
– Leffel extended his hitting streak to a career-best eight games.
Tyler Giannonatti lowered his earned-run average to 1.06 with 2.0 scoreless innings.