April 1, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team posted season highs in runs and hits in an 11-6 win over Ohio Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 17-10 while the Bobcats fall to 5-20.

“We had a tough weekend and it was good to get back in the saddle and play Ohio State baseball,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “I was really pleased with our offensive approach today and our ability to stay back on the ball.”

Ohio State wasted little time getting on the board, plating five runs against Ohio starter Jake Miller in the bottom of the first. Troy Kuhn and Pat Porter led off the inning with singles before an error by Ohio shortstop Tyler Finkler on a ground ball by Josh Dezse plated Kuhn for the first run of the game. After a fly out by Ronnie Dawson for the first out of the inning, Ryan Leffel scored Porter with an RBI double to right and, after Troy Montgomery walked, Zach Ratcliff doubled home Dezse and Leffel before a groundout by Nick Sergakis scored Montgomery to push the lead to 5-0 after an inning of play.

The Bobcats threatened in the top of the second against Ohio State starter Trace Dempsey, loading the bases with one down, but the right-hander struck out Finkler and got Mitch Longo to hit into an inning-ending fielder’s choice to preserve the 5-0 lead.

Ohio State added to its lead off Ohio reliever Gerry Salisbury in the bottom of the second when Kuhn led off the inning with a single to right, moved to third on a one-out single by Dezse and scored on a single to center by Dawson to make it a 6-0 game.

Ohio got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth. After Dempsey retired the first two batters of the inning, Nick Bredeson doubled, Finkler was hit by a pitch and Mitch Longo walked to load the bases before Garrett Black singled up the middle to score a pair to cut the Ohio State lead to 6-2.

The Buckeyes added to their lead off Spencer Sapp in the bottom of the fifth when Sergakis reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a two-out single to center by Kuhn to push the advantage to 7-2.

Ohio State tacked on three more in the sixth when Dawson and Leffel both singled to lead off the inning and, after a groundout by Montgomery, Ratcliff took Nick Nauracy deep to left for his first home run of the year and a 10-2 Buckeye lead.

After Tyler Giannonatti tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief of Dempsey, the Bobcats scored three runs on two hits and three walks against Shea Murray and Curtiss Irving to narrow the deficit to 11-5 in the eighth.

The Bobcats got another run back in the ninth after a pair of Buckeye errors but Irving closed the door as Ohio State picked up the win.

Kuhn tied his career high with three hits to go along with an RBI and two runs scored while Porter, Dawson, Leffel and Ratcliff also tallied three hits. Ratcliff notched a career-best five RBI in the win. Giannonatti picked up the win to improve to 1-0 on the season while Miller suffered the loss to fall to 0-4.

Ohio State faces Toledo at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Kuhn tallied his team-high 10th multi-hit game of the season.
– Dempsey made his third-career start. He made two starts as a freshman in 2012 and appeared solely out of the bullpen a year ago.
– Every Buckeye reached base safely against the Bobcats.
– The 19 hits for the Buckeyes were the most since Ohio State pounded out 20 hits in a 14-9 loss to Army March 23, 2011.
– The 11 runs scored for the Buckeyes marked a season high and marked the most for Ohio State since an 11-0 win over Harvard March 8 of last season.