May 11, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State rallied for three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lift the Buckeyes to a 3-2 win over 19th-ranked Oklahoma State Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Cowboys had the tying run on second base in the top of the ninth inning but couldn’t bring it home as they fell to 32-16.
OSU collected seven hits in the contest, three of those by Zach Johnson, while four Cowboy pitchers limited the Buckeyes to only five hits. Reliever Chris Marlowe suffered the loss on the mound to fall to 3-3.
Johnson continued his offensive tear and gave the Cowboys an early lead in their first at bat. The junior first baseman followed a Dane Phillips single with an RBI double into the left-center field gap to put OSU up, 1-0. The hit also extended Johnson’s hitting streak to eight games.
The Cowboys clung to the one-run lead over the next four innings and looked poised to add to it in the fifth, but poor base running proved costly. Luis Uribe led off the inning with a double but was thrown out at third by Ohio State shortstop Tyler Engle after he snagged a sharp ground ball in the hole. The inning came to a close when Devin Shines was picked off first base.
OSU would get back on the scoreboard in the sixth as Johnson and Jared Womack continued to torch Buckeye pitching from their spots in the middle of the order. Following a one-out double by Johnson, Womack stepped to the plate and delivered a double of his own, a hit that gave the Cowboys a 2-0 lead.
That lead did not last. After allowing just one hit and holding Ohio State scoreless over the first six innings, freshman Jason Hursh surrendered a leadoff single to Tim Wetzel in the bottom of the seventh. That brought Randy McCurry out of the Cowboy bullpen, but McCurry could not halt the rally.
Ryan Cypret followed Wetzel with a single, and the play proved even more costly when Uribe committed an error in right field that allowed the Buckeye runners to advance to second and third.
McCurry retired the next two batters, but Ohio State scored runs on each out, getting RBI groundouts from Josh Dezse and Matt Streng to tie the score at 2-2.
After allowing a double, McCurry’s night on the mound was done, and Marlowe was called on to end the rally. The righty did just that, getting David Corna to fly out to end the inning with the score still tied.
But Ohio State would rally to take the lead in the eighth. After Marlowe issued a leadoff walk, Gabe Weidenaar took the mound, and the first batter he faced, Tyler Engle, laid down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch runner Joe Ciamacco into scoring position.
The next two Buckeyes reached on a walk and a single to load the bases with one out and bring Cypret to the plate. And Cypret delivered, lifting a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home the go-ahead run.
In the ninth, Davis Duren singled with one out and then stole second, but Dezse struck out Weidenaar to end the game. Dezse struck out the side in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.
OSU returns to Big 12 Conference action Friday when the Cowboys host Baylor at 6:30 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.