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

No. 2 Seed Ohio State Eliminated From Big Ten Tournament with 5-0 Loss to No. 3 Seed Nebraska

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. ? The No. 2 seed Ohio State baseball team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament after a 5-0 loss to No. 3 seed Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Target Field. The Buckeyes, now 35-23 on the season, will have to wait and see their NCAA fate in a selection show at noon Monday on ESPNU.

?We?re incredibly disappointed in the result of today and the results of the Big Ten Tournament,? Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. ?We?ve fought hard these last two weeks and put ourselves in a really good position but we weren?t able to get it done. We played some very good competition over the last couple weeks and learned a lot but it?s an incredibly disappointing feeling right now.?

After Ohio State starter Jaron Long tossed a perfect top of the first, the Buckeyes had a golden opportunity against Nebraska starter Christian DeLeon in the bottom of the frame when Joe Ciamacco reached on a leadoff walk and advanced to third with nobody out when a DeLeon pickoff throw sailed down the right-field line. However, DeLeon was able to get Ryan Cypret and Kirby Pellant to pop out and Brad Hallberg to ground out to short to keep the game scoreless after an inning of play.

Bosiokovic finished the game with a pair of hits while Long suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out three over 7.0 innings pitched.

Game Notes
– Jacob Bosiokovic notched his 14th multi-hit game of the season.
– Ryan Cypret made the start as a designated hitter after missing the last six games with a broken finger.
– The Buckeyes finished the game 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

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Jody Victor

O-H-L-A: Buckeyes Face Arizona In NCAA Sweet 16

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No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (28-7) vs. No. 6 seed Arizona Wildcats (27-7)

Date: March 28, 2013
Site: Staples Center (18,118)
Game Time: 7:47 p.m. ET
Television: TBS
Talent: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Reggie Miller (expert analysis)
Len Elmore (expert analysis)
Lewis Johnson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes entered the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the game vs. Arizona with a 28-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making their 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

2013 Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament: Deshaun Thomas is averaging 23.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in NCAA tournament play this year. Sam Thompson has contributed 13.5 points along with a team-leading 6.5 rebounds a game. LaQuinton Ross (12.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.) also are in double digits offensively. Shannon Scottand Craft each have 13 assists. Craft has a team-high eight steals. As a team, Ohio State is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (59-120/.492) while averaging 86.5 ppg.

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Jody Victor

Buckeyes Move from Madhouse to Madness

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No. 2 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7) vs. the No. 15 Seed Iona Gaels (20-13)

Date: March 22, 2013
Site: Dayton Arena (13,409)
Game Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
Clark Kellogg (expert analysis)
Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93/XM 191
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
This is Ohio State’s 25th appearances in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 45-23 record all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes have played in three-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a feat last accomplished at Ohio State from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 13 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the 2013 NCAA event with a 26-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

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Jody Victor

2013 Big Ten Tournament Next for No. 2 Seed Buckeyes

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2-Ohio State Buckeyes (23-7) vs. 7-Purdue (15-16) or 10-Nebraska (14-17)
Date: March 15, 2013
Site: United Center (22,000)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Television: Big Ten Network
Talent: Gus Johnson (play-by-play)
Shon Morris (expert analysis)
Stephanie White (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

OSU Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 2-seed Buckeyes are 19-9 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State was the No. 3 seed in 2012 and has won 15 of its last 19 league tournament games, including eight of the last nine. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 2-1 as No. 3, 2-2 as No. 5, 1-1 as No. 6, 3-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-1 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). Thad Matta is 16-5 in league tournament play with three titles (2007, 2010, 2011) and five title game appearances (2006, 2009).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament
Aaron Craft: In six career league tournament games, Craft has averaged 9.8 points with a total of 23 assists, nine steals and five blocks … shooting 55 percent overall (23-42) while averaging 34 minutes a game. Deshaun Thomas: Averages 11 points and 4.2 rebounds in six BTT games … shooting 55 percent from the field (28-51) in just under 24 minutes per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr.: Has played in three BTT games, all starts … averages 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds … owns six assists, a pair of steals and a block … shooting 86 percent from the foul line (6-7) in just over 28 minutes a game. Sam Thompson: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (26 minutes) … did not score. Amir Williams: Played briefly in all three BTT games a year ago as a freshman (8 total minutes) … did not score. Shannon Scott: Played 19 minutes as a rookie in the BTT, scored four points. Evan Ravenel: Made 3 of 7 field goals in three BTT games last year (6 pts.) … also grabbed seven rebounds in 26 total minutes. LaQuinton Ross: Played briefly in two BTT games a year ago, scoring two points in four total minutes.

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Jody Victor