March 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team took both games of a doubleheader against Siena by scores of 7-3 and 7-1 Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the wins, the Buckeyes improve to 11-6 while the Saints fall to 0-17.

“I would have liked for us to be sharper this weekend,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We were sharper last week on the road than we were here. I think the intensity of the games out there had our attention and maybe we were too comfortable in this series. It won’t be that way next weekend when we start conference play against Michigan State so we’ll find out who we are right away.”

Game 1

Siena took the early lead against Ohio State starter Greg Greve. Greve retired the first two batters of the top of the first but walked Justin Esquerra and gave up an RBI double to left-center by Andres Ortiz for the 1-0 Saints lead.

Ohio State answered right back against Siena starter Ed Lewicki in the bottom of the frame. A walk by Troy Kuhn and a double to left-center by Jacob Bosiokovic put Buckeyes on second and third with one down for Ronnie Dawson. The freshman went down swinging but Josh Dezse picked him up with a two-out, two-run single up the middle as the Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead after an inning of play.

The Saints threatened in the top of the fourth when Mike Allen reached on a leadoff single and, after a line out by Brian Fay, tried to score on a double to right by Dan Swain but Kuhn made the relay throw home and Aaron Gretz put the tag on Allen to preserve the 2-1 Ohio State lead. However, with two down, Patrick Ortland blooped a single to right-center to score Swain to knot the game at 2-2.

Ohio State loaded the bases with two down in the bottom of the inning when Gretz singled, Craig Nennig walked and Kuhn was hit by a pitch but Lewicki got Pat Porter to pop out to the mound to keep it a 2-2 game.

Siena then took the lead in the top of the fifth. Vincent Citro and John Rooney each singled to lead off the inning to put runners at the corners with nobody out before the pair executed a double-steal attempt when Rooney got caught in a rundown off first, allowing Citro to score for the 3-2 advantage.

However, the Buckeyes responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie it. Singles by Bosiokovic and Dezse put runners at the corners with one down and Troy Montgomery followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Bosiokovic to make it 3-3.

Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the eighth. Taylor Ahearn came on in relief for Siena and walked Gretz and hit Nennig before giving way to Neil Fryer. Fryer got Tim Wetzel to hit into a fielder’s choice before hitting Kuhn to load the bases with one down. Porter then followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score pinch-runner Jake Brobst before an infield single by Bosiokovic scored Wetzel. Dawson then lined a triple down the right-field line to score Kuhn and Bosiokovic to push the Ohio State lead to 7-3 after eight.

Tanner Tully, who had come on in relief of Greve in the sixth, tossed his fourth-consecutive scoreless frame to end it in the ninth and pick up his first-career win.

Bosiokovic finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI while Dezse went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Game 2

Ohio State took the lead in the bottom of the second off Siena starter Bryan Goossens. Zach Ratcliff doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI single to right by Ryan Leffel. A fielder’s choice by Gretz, a walk by Nennig and a single by Wetzel then loaded the bases with one down before Gretz scored on a wild pitch and Kuhn followed with a two-run double to right-center to score Nennig and Wetzel for the 4-0 lead.

Three-straight singles loaded the bases with nobody out for Siena in the top of the fourth against Ohio State starter Zach Farmer. The left-hander then struck out Nick Duarte but Dave Hoffman plated Ortiz with an RBI groundout to cut the Buckeye lead to 4-1.

The Saints loaded the bases with one down again in the top of the sixth before Farmer was relieved by right-hander Travis Lakins. The freshman right-hander then came on to roll a 3-6-1 double play to get out of the jam and preserve the 4-1 Ohio State lead.

Farmer exited after allowing one earned run while scattering seven hits over 5.1 innings pitched.

Lakins then retired Siena in order in the seventh and Tyler Giannonatti pitched a scoreless eighth before the Buckeyes added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth. After Chris Amorosi came on to relieve Goossens, back-to-back singles by Dawson and Ratcliff and a walk to Leffel loaded the bases with nobody out. After Gretz hit a shallow fly ball to left for the first out of the inning, Nennig lined a single to center to score Dawson. Amorosi then struck out Wetzel for the second out of the inning but, after Siena went to Matt Quintana out of the bullpen, Kuhn lined a two-run single back up the middle to push the lead to 7-1.

Trace Dempsey then tossed a scoreless ninth as the Buckeyes took the series sweep.

Kuhn finished the second game 2-for-4 with four RBI while Ratcliff, Dawson and Leffel each notched two-hit games.

The Buckeyes take on Akron at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Bosiokovic tallied his sixth multi-hit game of the season in the opener while Dezse notched his fourth.
– Tully tied his career best with 4.0 innings pitched and set a career high with three strikeouts in the opener.
– Dawson notched his team-high seventh multi-hit game in the nightcap.