Quick Start For Ohio State Dooms Xavier Baseball In 10-3 Loss
March 19, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State scored three runs in each of the first two innings and Xavier was unable to overcome the deficit in a 10-3 road loss to the Buckeyes. Derek Hasenbeck went 4-for-5 at the plate, while Vinny Nittoli and Stephen Schoettmer each connected on a pair of hits.
Trent Astle took the rubber for Xavier (11-7) and was tagged for six runs, five earned, in the first two innings before settling down. Ohio State (13-6) put up three runs in the first on a homerun, RBI groundout and RBI single.
The Buckeyes tacked on three more runs in their next at-bat, with all three runs scoring on sacrifice flies. The Musketeers took too long to return the first fly ball, which was sent deep toward the wall and allowed the rare two-RBI sac fly.
Xavier squandered a great scoring chance in the fourth when Joe Forney opened the inning with a double and reached third on a Hasenbeck single. However, the next three Musketeers were retired to end the threat.
Two more Musketeers reached base in the fifth, but again the Buckeyes closed the door. XU finally got on the board in the sixth on Brian Bruening's sac fly that scored Hasenbeck, who reached on a single. Another pair of Musketeers was stranded on the base paths in the inning.
Patrick Jones belted a two-run double in the eighth inning, cutting Xavier's deficit to three and putting pressure on Ohio State. Hasenbeck singled to lead off the inning, but was later retired on a fielder's choice. After Daniel Rizzie drew a walk, Jones knocked the two-RBI double to left center.
Ohio State answered Xavier's eighth-inning charge, tacking on four insurance runs in the home half of the eighth. The Buckeyes connected on four hits and walked once to cause the damage.
Xavier had its opportunities, with each team registering 11 hits, but the Musketeers stranded 11 runners on the bases. Ohio State converted its chances into runs and left just four runners stranded on the evening.
Astle (1-1) took the loss for Xavier after allowing six runs, including five earned, with two strikeouts and two walks. Daniel Przeniczny worked a scoreless seventh, but was tagged for one run in the eighth and was pulled before securing an out.
Alex Westrick faced two batters in the eight, but also allowed a pair of runs before securing an out. Sean Campbell entered and closed out the frame, but not before surrendering a run to the Buckeyes.
T Tully (2-0) picked up the victory for OSU, tossing five innings of five-hit ball. Gianonatti gave up two hits and a walk, but kept XU off the board for his first save of the season.
The Musketeers will stay in the Big Ten, traveling to Champaign, Ill., for a four-game weekend series against Illinois. First pitch for Friday's game is slated for 4 p.m.