Feb. 16, 2013

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team lost to Notre Dame, 13-3, Saturday evening at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 0-2 on the season while the Irish improve to 2-0.

Notre Dame jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first against Ohio State starter Brian King. Frank DeSico doubled down the left-field line to lead off the game and, after a soft lineout to second by Charlie Markson, three straight singles and a hit batter brought home DeSico and Eric Jagielo for the 2-0 advantage.

The Irish doubled their lead in the top of the second when Forrest Johnson singled to lead off the frame and DeSico followed with a two-run home run to left to push the Notre Dame lead to 4-0.

Ohio State cut the advantage in half with a pair of runs of Notre Dame starter Adam Norton in the bottom of the third. With two down, Tim Wetzel singled through the right side and was driven home on an RBI double to left-center by Brad Hallberg. Mike Carroll then doubled to deep right to plate Hallberg and make it a 4-2 game after three innings.

Notre Dame responded with a run in the top of the fourth to push the lead to 5-2 when Markson reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on a two-out RBI single to center by Jagielo.

The Irish added three more in the sixth after Jake Post came on to relieve King. DeSico singled to lead off the inning, Markson walked and Jagielo homered to right-center to extend the lead to 8-2.

Pat Porter notched his first career home run, a solo shot to right off Norton in the bottom of the frame to make it 8-3. However, with the help of a pair of walks, two errors and a hit batter, Notre Dame tacked on four more in the seventh before adding another on a solo home run in the ninth to cap the scoring.

Wetzel and Carroll each tallied two hits for the Buckeyes. King suffered the loss for Ohio State while Norton picked up the win for the Irish.

Ohio State wraps up the weekend against St. John’s at 10 a.m. Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.