May 6, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Miami Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 27-22 while the RedHawks improve to 23-25.

After Travis Lakins tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in his first career start, the RedHawks got on the board against Michael Horejsei in the top of the third. John Crummy led off the inning with a single before advancing to second on an error by Buckeye centerfielder Troy Montgomery. After a fielder’s choice on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Steve Sada put RedHawks on the corners with nobody out, a safety squeeze by Ryan Elble plated Crummy to give Miami the 1-0 lead.

Miami doubled its lead in the top of the fourth when Chad Sedio reached on a leadoff infield single, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Honchel and scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Slappey to make it a 2-0 game.

The Buckeyes then rallied against Miami starter Charlie Suich in the bottom of the inning. Nick Sergakis led off the inning with a single and, after a foul out by Ronnie Dawson, Troy Kuhn doubled to right-center to put Buckeyes on second and third with one down. However, Suich bounced back to strike out Pat Porter looking before getting Josh Dezse to line out to left to preserve the 2-0 advantage.

Things stayed quiet until the RedHawks added another in the top of the sixth. After retiring the first batter of the inning, Horejsei gave up back-to-back singles by Gary Russo and Sedio before striking out Honchel for the second out of the inning. Ohio State then went to Tyler Giannonatti out of the bullpen before Slappey grounded a single back up the middle to score Russo to push the Miami lead to 3-0.

Ohio State got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when Porter and Dezse led off the inning with singles to put Buckeyes on the corners before Miami went to Jacob Banks out of the bullpen. Montgomery then greeted Banks with a single through the left side to plate Porter and get Ohio State on the board. Banks got Zach Ratcliff to pop up a sacrifice bunt attempt for the first out of the inning before getting Craig Nennig to fly out to center for the second out. The right-hander then walked Aaron Gretz to load the bases but Sergakis grounded into an inning-ending fielder’s choice as Miami held a 3-1 lead after seven innings of play.

The Buckeyes were unable to get anything going the rest of the way against Banks as Miami came away with the win.

Sergakis went 2-for-4 at the plate in the loss. Horejsei suffered the loss for the Buckeyes to fall to 0-2 while Suich earned the win to even his record at 2-2 and Banks picked up his first save of the season.

Ohio State travels to Michigan for a three-game series starting Friday in Ann Arbor.

– Sergakis tallied his 10th multi-hit game of the season.
– Horejsei tossed a career-high 3.2 innings.