Ohio State used a carousel of pitchers and took advantage of opposition mistakes to take care of business in a midweek game against Cincinnati at Bill Davis Stadium on Tuesday. The Buckeyes ran away with a 9-0 win against the Bearcats to extend their winning streak to three straight and improve to 24-12-1 on the season.
Freshman Ryan Feltner started on the hill for Ohio State, but threw just three innings by design in anticipation of this weekend's Big Ten series against Illinois. Feltner, whose development in his first year in the program is really becoming apparent, allowed one hit and hit two batters, striking out two, in a scoreless appearance.
Austin Woodby, Daulton Mosbarger, Seth Kinker, Joe Stoll, and Kyle Michalik combined to finish the game, with Cincinnati mustering just three hits on the night. Woodby, the redshirt sophomore who transferred from Cincinnati, picked up his team-high fifth win of the season after his two scoreless frames.
The Bearcats sent sophomore A.J. Olasz to the bump, and the lefty pitched well but fell victim to defensive miscues. In four innings, Olasz allowed four runs, but only one was earned. He fell to 1-4 on the year.
Ronnie Dawson bumped his batting average back over .300 for the season with a 3-for-3 night at the plate for Ohio State. The junior, who scored twice, improved to 9-for-12 in his career against Cincinnati.
Nick Sergakis joined Dawson in fueling the offensive attack, going 2-for-3 and driving in a pair of runs. The senior co-captain took sole possession of the Big Ten lead in doubles with 14.
Small ball put Ohio State on the board first in this one. A bunt single by Jacob Bosiokovic and a hard groundball single up the middle by Dawson put runners on the corners, and Sergakis hit a chopper back to the mound that got away from Olasz. Bosiokovic crossed the plate to make it 1-0 on the play.
Cincinnati had some sloppy play to help the Buckeyes expand on that lead. First, a sacrifice bunt by Troy Kuhn turned into a bases loaded situation thanks to a throwing error by Olasz. Next, a would-be 5-2-3 double play off the bat of Craig Nennig ended with two runs scoring after the throw to first by catcher Woody Wallace ended up in right field.
Nennig, who landed on third base on the play, came plateward on a double down the right field line by Ryan Leffel to make it a 4-0 game.
In the fifth, Bearcat reliever Dalton Lehnen set down the first two batters he faced with ease, but Dawson and Sergakis delivered back-to-back doubles to extend the lead to 5-0.
The best opportunity Cincinnati had to put up runs came in the top of the seventh, when it loaded the bases with just one out. Kinker was able to get out of the jam, inducing a foul out and a line out to end the inning.
Ohio State tacked on more insurance in the bottom of the inning, pushing the lead out to 9-0. Redshirt freshman Cameron Ross walked Troy Montgomery, Dawson, and Sergakis to load the bases, then issued another free pass to Kuhn to force home a run.
True freshman Cam Alldred relieved and allowed all three of his inherited runners to score. Nennig singled home a run and Leffel brought one home with a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game, and ended up on first base thanks to catcher's interference. Tre Gantt followed that with a sacrifice fly of his own.
Ohio State plays its next six games all against conference opponents and all on the road. This weekend the team will be in Champaign for the aforementioned series with the Illini, and will travel to Purdue next weekend.