April 17, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team topped Rutgers, 2-1, to claim a B1G series victory Sunday afternoon at a sun-splashed Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. After falling behind 1-0 early in the third inning, the Buckeyes responded with one in the fourth and the eventual game-winning run in the sixth, while redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer picked up the victory to improve to 3-1. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 23-12-1 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten play, while the Scarlet Knights drop to 16-19 overall and 3-6 in conference action.
“Clean baseball for us. We talk about pitching and defense and we certainly got that today,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We got exactly what needed from Adam Niemeyer. Seth Kinker had two innings and three punch outs to allow us to go situational there in the ninth. We went matchup driven and it didn’t happen to be until the ninth inning with Horejsei and then Pavlopoulos to close the door. Today’s win was a product of Friday and Saturday. Tully goes six and Feltner finishes it on Friday and yesterday we scored a bunch of runs to keep our bullpen fresh. It played out very well for us.”
At the dish, junior Ronnie Dawson went 2-for-3 with a double and walk, while redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic was 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI. Nick Sergakis also had a RBI, while Troy Montgomery knocked a triple and run scored.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERD
The first two innings went scoreless until Milo Freeman knocked a solo shot over the wall down the right field line to put Rutgers ahead, 1-0. Ohio State answered in the bottom of the fourth when a RBI goundout by Sergakis pushed Bosiokovic home, who led off the inning with a single. Dawson hit his 11th double of the year to set up the scoring play.
Ohio State took the lead in the bottom of the sixth after Bosiokovic found some green in right center for a RBI single. Montgomery knocked his first triple of the year down the right field line before Bosiokovic drove him in for the eventual game-winning hit, 2-1.
ANOTHER QUALITY START FOR NO. 43
Niemeyer came back strong today in his eighth nod of the year, collecting his fifth quality start of the season to lead the team. He threw 12 first-pitch strikes against the RU hitters, allowing just one run on three hits, one walk with seven strikeouts to improve to 3-1.
Kinker, Horejesei and Pavlopoulous combined for three scoreless innings on just one hit and a walk to close the door on the Scarlet Knights. Kinker, who came on in the seventh for his 17th appearance of the season, struck out three and allowed just one hit in two innings of work. Horejsei would start the ninth and after a walk and two quick outs, Pavlopoulous came on for the final out and his eighth save of the season.
Ohio State closes out the six-game homestand against Cincinnati at 6:35 p.m. ET Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.