April 8, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Eastern Michigan, 8-1, Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 19-13 on the season while the Eagles fall to 10-19.

“We played a clean game tonight and forced our opponents to get their own runs and when we do that, we’re tough to beat,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “I don’t think we played much better than this weekend but it is good to see that we still have a good mentality after two tough weekends. We can’t lose that competitive toughness and the belief in ourselves.”

Ohio State threatened against Eastern Michigan starter Sam Delaplane in the bottom of the second. Troy Montgomery doubled with one down and, after a strikeout of Jacob Bosiokovic, Tim Wetzel was hit by a pitch and Aaron Gretz walked to load the bases. However, Delaplane bounced back to get Ronnie Dawson to ground out to third to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.

The Buckeyes then got on the board with a five-run fourth. Nick Sergakis reached on a leadoff triple before a walk to Troy Kuhn put runners at the corners with nobody out. Pat Porter then plated Sergakis with an infield single before Ryan Leffel looped a single to right to score Kuhn for the second run of the game. Montgomery followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Porter before Bosiokovic grounded out for the second out of the inning. However, Wetzel grounded a single through the left side to plate Leffel before Gretz lined a double down the right-field line, scoring Wetzel and extending the Ohio State lead to 5-0 after three innings.

Eastern Michigan got one back off Ohio State starter Zach Farmer in the top of the fourth when Sam Ott doubled with one down, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Mitchell McGeein to cut the Buckeye lead to 5-1.

The Buckeyes answered back with a pair off Eastern Michigan reliever Ben Dartnell in the bottom of the fourth when Kuhn reached on a one-out walk before Porter doubled to left and Leffel drove in both with a two-run single to right to make it a 7-1 game.

Farmer took over from there for the Buckeyes, pitching a gem through a career-best 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out three.

After Curtiss Irving tossed a scoreless top of the eighth, the Buckeyes capped the scoring in the bottom of the frame when Porter reached on a leadoff single, moved to second on a two-out hit by Bosiokovic and scored on a single through the right side by Zach Ratcliff to push the Ohio State lead to 8-1.

Irving then pitched a perfect ninth as the Buckeyes moved to 19-13 on the year.

Leffel finished 2-for-3 with a career-high three RBI while Porter went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Farmer improved to 5-3 on the year while Delaplane dropped to 0-1.

Ohio State hosts Dayton at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday.

– Porter and Leffel each earned their seventh multi-hit game while Gretz tallied his second.
– Leffel extended his hitting streak to a career-best seven games.
– Farmer pitched a career-high 7.0 innings. He’s now allowed two earned runs while striking out 16 in 21.1 innings (0.84 ERA) over his last four starts. Farmer’s 4-0 in those starts.
– Ohio State starters have allowed three earned runs in 29.0 innings pitched (0.93 ERA) over their last four starts.