Around the Diamond: Season’s End, Playoffs Next

Written May 19th, 2014 by Gary Russell II

With the softball team ending the season and unable to make the NCAA tournament, our focus shifts to the baseball team.  This was the final week of regular season action before heading into the Big Ten Tournament.  The Buckeyes played four games this week and all were at home.  On Tuesday Cincinnati came to town and fell the host Buckeyes 11-3.  Then came a three game set against Northwestern that started on Thursday.  The Wildcats took the first two, with Ohio State salvaging a win in the rubber match for Senior Day.  Ohio State finishes the regular season 30-26 overall and 10-14 in the Big Ten. Let’s take a look at the highlights.

5/13: Ohio State 11, Cincinnati 3

Ohio State wasted no time getting started in their Tuesday victory over Cincinnati.  Nick Sergakis led off the bottom of the first with a single.  After a hit-by-pitch and a groundout, a sacrifice fly by Pat Porter plated Sergakis to get the scoring started.  Following a walk, Troy Montgomery then hit a 2-run double making the score 3-0.  Two more walks loaded the bases for Jacob Bosiokovic who knocked in a run with a single pushing the lead to 4-0 by the end of the first.  The Bearcats roared back in the second with three runs making the score 4-3.  The scored remained the same until the fifth when the Buckeyes scored three with some help from a perfectly executed squeeze play by Sergakis.  Ohio State never looked back in topping the Bearcats 11-3

5/15: Ohio State 3, Northwestern 6

Ohio State starter Tanner Tully was unable to get off to a good start against Northwestern on Thursday.  A fielder’s choice sandwiched between two doubles gave the Wildcats a 1-0 after the top of the first.  Back to back singles for Ohio State led off the bottom of the first.  While attempting a double steal, an error by Northwestern third baseman Joe Hoschelt allowed Ohio State to tie the game 1-1.  After failing to score on a threat in the second, the Buckeyes fell behind 2-1 after a solo home run by Jack Mitchell in the third.  Northwestern tacked on two more unearned runs in the fourth making the game 4-1.  The Wildcats added two more in the sixth in route to their 6-3 victory over the Buckeyes. Read More

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