April 28, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State avenged an early season loss to the Marshall baseball team by knocking off the Thundering Herd, 7-4, on Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium. MU sits at 20-22 overall on the season, while OSU improves to 23-13.
Kirby Pellant and Josh Valle each ripped a pair of hits, but a five-run bottom of the first inning proved to be the difference in the non-conference tilt. The multi-hit effort for Pellant was his 13th of the season.
OSU hurler Brett McKinney (3-3) fired the first 5.0 innings without allowing a hit, while walking two and striking out one.
In the five-run first, OSU used six hits, capped off by a three-run homer from Corey Rupert, putting the Herd in an early hole.
The Buckeyes added two runs in the bottom of the seventh to hold a 7-0 lead.
In the eighth, MU broke up the shutout bid by the OSU pitching staff. James Lavinskas lined a pinch-hit single to center with one down in the frame. Justin Maynard entered the contest as a pinch runner for Lavinskas and promptly stole second and then advanced to third on an infield single from Pellant. Maynard raced home on wild pitch to avoid the Herd being blanked for the second time this season.
MU made the game interesting in the top of the ninth by smacking five hits en route to three runs, but the Buckeyes were able to close the door to earn the non-conference win to split the season series. MU beat a then ranked No.17 OSU squad 17-1 at the Arby’s Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., on March 13.
Rhett Stafford lined a pinch-hit two-run single, while Eric Semeniuk also provided a RBI base hit off the bench to help account for the runs in the last inning for the Herd.
Ben Frith (2-2) was saddled with the loss, as the lefty could not escape the top of the first against an aggressive Buckeyes lineup.
Ryan Kiel did an excellent job out of the Herd bullpen, surrendering just one hit in 3.1 innings and fanning three. The senior lefty has allowed just one run to score over his last 8.2 innings in a total of four appearances. Kiel has given up just three hits with five strikeouts during that span.
Kyle Blank, Kevin Shackelford and Mark Cann also contributed solid outings for the Herd staff. Blank recorded three outs in his team-leading 25th appearance of the season, while Shackelford and Cann each retired four batters apiece. The trio did not allow a hit, issuing two free passes and punching out a pair.
MU hits the pavement with a trip to Greenville, N.C., for a three-game series against Conference USA opponent East Carolina. The first game of the series is slated for Friday at 7 p.m.