The Ohio State Buckeyes put together a two-run eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and escape CSU Ballpark with a 6-3 on win over Charleston Southern on Tuesday afternoon.
The Buckeyes got RBI singles from Jacob Bosiokovic and Greg Solomon in the eighth, and a solo home run from Tim Wetzel in ninth to come away with the win late.
Charleston Southern falls to 8-9 on the year, while Ohio State improves to 10-5. The Bucs travel to Clemson tomorrow before opening a three-game series at Liberty on Friday in their Big South opener.
The Bucs committed errors on the game's first two at-bats and had four errors in the first two innings, but would rally to tie the game at 3-3. They threatened to grab the lead through the middle innings, but could never come through with the big hit, stranding 10 runners in the game.
CSU head coach Stuart Lake saw his team outhit the Buckeyes, 11-7, but never break through after a jittery start.
"We came out and just didn't play in the first innings," Lake said. "We've got to come out and make plays to let our starter settle in. After (the first two innings) we did, but it's still disappointing. As a team you have to fight through it and we have to get that big hit to break the game open. I'm proud of how hard we played, but frustrated we never broke through against a good team like Ohio State."
OSU's Greg Greve (WP. 1-0) worked two scoreless innings to pick up the decision.
CSU's Joe Pistacchio (LP, 0-1) allowed two hits and struck out three, but took the loss on the Buckeyes' runs in the eighth.
The loss shadowed over a perfect afternoon for CSU's Bobby Ison. He was 5-for-5, one hit shy of the CSU school record for hits in a game. He also scored and had an RBI.
Ohio State took advantage of a pair of errors to open the game to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Bucs' starter Chase Shelton worked out of jam, inducing a double play from the Buckeyes' Brad Halberg to get through the inning with minimal damage. Tim Wetzel, who reached on an error by Shelton to leadoff the game, scored on Halberg's double play for the game's first run.
The Buckeyes added a run in the second inning as Patrick Porter singled and scored on a throwing error by the Bucs' Kevin Hickey. Hickey short-hopped his throw to first trying to turn an inning-ending double play. The ball skipped past first baseman Robbie Street to give OSU a 2-0.
Charleston Southern tied the game in the bottom half of the third as Kevin Hickey was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly from John Faircloth. Brian Welch followed with an RBI single to centerfield to plate Bobby Ison, who singled earlier in the inning.
OSU retook the lead in the fourth as Jacob Bosiokovic drew and leadoff walk and scored on a single from catcher Greg Solomon to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead.
CSU strung together four singles in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3, but failed to take full advantage with the bases loaded.
Ohio State's Tyler Giannonatti gave up a first-pitch RBI single to Bobby Ison and a single to Jaren Sustar, but settled down to induce fly balls from John Faircloth and Brian Welch to work out of the jam.
Ohio State broke the tie in the eight after Bosiokovic and Solomon came through with RBI singles. Brad Hallberg drew a leadoff walk and scored to give OSU a 4-3 lead.
Wetzel hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the ninth to add some insurance.
CSU's Alex Tomasovich was 2-for-4, while Solomon led Ohio State with a 2-for-3 in the afternoon.