No. 7 Seed Ohio State Falls to No. 3 Seed Illinois, 6-5, to End 2014 Campaign

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball team saw its season come to a close with a 6-5 loss to Illinois Thursday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The Buckeyes conclude the 2014 campaign with a 30-28 record.

Illinois got on the board in the top of the first against Ohio State starter Ryan Riga. Adam Walton reached on a one-out single back up the middle and scored on a two-out double to left-center by Jason Goldstein. Reid Roper followed with a single to left to plate Goldstein for the 2-0 Illinois lead.

Ohio State threatened against Illinois starter Kevin Duchene in the bottom of the second. Jacob Bosiokovic reached on a leadoff single before Connor Sabanosh walked to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Troy Montgomery followed with an apparent bunt single but Connor Sabanosh was called out after interfering with Reid Roper at second base. Craig Nennig then grounded into an inning-ending double play as Illinois preserved the 2-0 lead.

The Illini rallied again in the top of the fourth when Reid Roper led off the inning with a bunt single before an infield single by Casey Fletcher put runners on first and second with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt by Ryne Roper moved the runners up to second and third with one down but Riga bounced back to strike out Ryan Nagle and Kelly Norris-Jones to keep it a 2-0 game.

Illinois tacked on two more in the top of the fifth. Three-consecutive singles to lead off the inning plated Will Krug before a double play by Goldstein scored Walton to push the Illinois lead to 4-0.

The Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Sabanosh singled to lead off the inning and, after Montgomery flied out to center for the first out of the inning, Nennig reached on an error to put runners on first and second with one down. Tim Wetzel followed with a fielder’s choice as Nennig was cut down at second for the second out of the inning but Nick Sergakis followed with a line-drive single to left to score Sabanosh to cut the Illini lead to 4-1 after five innings.

Ohio State knotted the game up with three in the bottom of the sixth. With one down, Josh Dezse walked before Bosiokovic doubled to right-center to put runners on second and third. Sabanosh then grounded out to third for the second out of the inning as both runners stayed put but Montgomery followed with a ground ball to short and the throw by Walton sailed into the first base dugout as Dezse and Bosiokovic came around to score. Nennig then grounded a single through the left side to plate Montgomery from second to tie the game at 4-4.

Illinois answered right back in the top of the seventh. Norris-Jones and Krug singled to lead off the inning to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Walton then laid down a sacrifice bunt and Riga’s throw to get Norris-Jones sailed down the left field line to give Illinois the lead back at 6-4. Jake Post came on in relief for Ohio State and allowed a sacrifice bunt but David Kerian to move Walton to third but the Buckeye sophomore responded to strike out Goldstein and Reid Roper to keep it a 6-4 game.

The Buckeyes came back to plate a run in the bottom of the frame. Sergakis led off the inning with a double before Ronnie Dawson was hit by a pitch to chase Duchene from the game. Nick Blackburn came on for the Illini and surrendered a bunt single to Troy Kuhn to load the bases before Dezse scored Sergakis with a sacrifice fly to right. Blackburn responded to strike out Bosiokovic for the second out of the inning but walked Sabanosh to load the bases before the Illini went to Tyler Jay out of the bullpen. The Illinois left-hander came on to strike out Montgomery as the Illini clung to the 6-5 lead.

The Illini then loaded the bases with two down in the top of the eighth on two singles and a walk but Travis Lakins came out of the bullpen to strike out Walton as it stayed a one-run game.

However, Jay tossed two more scoreless innings to close out the 6-5 win and earn his 10th save of the year.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Takes Rubber Game Against Murray State, 7-3

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team picked up a 7-3 win over Murray State to win the series Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 23-18 on the year while the Thoroughbreds fall to 17-20.

Ohio State took the lead off Murray State starter Sheldon Baxter in the bottom of the first. Nick Sergakis reached on a leadoff walk before Ronnie Dawson hit what appeared to be a two-run home run to center. However, Dawson overran Sergakis while rounding first, resulting in an RBI single by Dawson with Sergakis scoring from first for the 1-0 Buckeye lead.

The Buckeyes added another in the bottom of the second. With two down, Jacob Bosiokovic walked before a single by Connor Sabanosh put runners on first and second before Sergakis lined a single to right to plate Bosiokovic to make it a 2-0 game.

Farmer earned the win to improve to 6-4 on the year while Baxter suffered the loss, falling to 1-4. Sergakis and Kuhn each went 3-for-4 while Dawson finished the day 2-for-5.

The Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette for a three-game series at Purdue next weekend.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Travels to West Virginia Tuesday, Hosts Ball State Wednesday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to West Virginia Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. before returning home to host Ball State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.Live stats and a link to a live video stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State bounced back from a 5-4 series-opening defeat to top Penn State, 7-0 and 12-6, in the final two games to win the series last weekend in Columbus.

The Buckeyes hit .337 as a team in the series and were paced by Nick Sergakis, who went 8-for-13 with a double, a home run, five RBI and five runs scored. Josh Dezse went 5-for-11 with a double, three home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored in the three-game set while Greg Greve tossed a complete-game shutout in the Saturday contest.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 187), doubles (2nd, 59), triples (2nd, 13) and home runs (t-2nd, 14). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in ERA (4th, 3.42), strikeouts (4th, 213) and saves (t-4th, 8).

Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits sixth with a .355 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for third with four home runs, tied for eighth with 23 RBI, tied for second with 29 runs scored, tied for eighth with nine doubles and tied fifth after getting hit nine times.

Tanner Tully ranks fifth with a 2.15 ERA while Zach Farmer is tied for second with five wins and Trace Dempsey is tied for sixth with four saves.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Welcomes Eastern Michigan, Dayton to Columbus for Midweek Contests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Eastern Michigan Tuesday and Dayton Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are slated for 6:35 p.m. Live stats and a link to a live video stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State was swept in three one-run contests over the weekend at Nebraska. The Buckeyes dropped the opener, 3-2, before suffering a 4-3 walk-off defeat in the middle game and a 2-1 loss, also on a walk-off, in the finale.

Ohio State starting pitchers allowed two earned runs over 22.0 innings pitched on the weekend while Nick Sergakis stood out offensively, going 4-for-10 with a run scored.

OSU VS. NEBRASKA NOTES
– Jacob Bosiokovic picked up his 10th multi-hit game of the season Sunday.
– The Ohio State starters in the series (Greg Greve, Tanner Tully and Jake Post) tossed 22.0 innings, allowing two earned runs (a 0.82 ERA) on 15 hits while striking out 10.
– Ryan Leffel extended his hitting streak to six games Saturday.
– Troy Montgomery picked up his fourth multi-hit game of the season while Nick Sergakis tallied his third Saturday.
– Tully pitched a career-high 7.1 innings, striking out a career-best six while allowing one run on three hits in the middle game.
– Post pitched very well but suffered the tough-luck loss to drop to 3-3 on the season after tossing a career-high 8.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits Sunday.
– The 1:45 game time Sunday marked the Buckeyes’ fastest game of the season and the quickest since a 1:43 game in a 1-0 defeat at Minnesota April 7 of last season.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Hosts Ohio, Toledo in Midweek Contests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Ohio Tuesday and Akron Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are set for 6:35 p.m.

Live stats and a link to a live video stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State was swept by Indiana in a three-game series over the weekend. The Buckeyes lost the opener, 6-4, Friday before dropping a Sunday doubleheader by an 8-2 and a 7-1 count.

Ryan Leffel went 4-for-7 with a run scored in the series while Josh Dezse went 4-for-10 with a double and four RBI.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 127), doubles (t-3rd, 40) and triples (t-2nd, 9) . On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in saves (t-1st, 8).

Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits eighth with a .346 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for first with four home runs, eighth with a .485 slugging percentage, tied for sixth with 19 RBI, tied for third with eight doubles and tied for second in the Big Ten after getting hit eight times.

Ryan Riga ranks third in the conference with 46.0 innings pitched and tied for fifth with 31 strikeouts while Tanner Tully is fifth with a 2.06 ERA. Trace Dempsey is tied for third with four saves.

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Jody Victor