Buckeyes Eliminate Gritty Foxes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—No. 4 seed Marist came into the elimination game of the Tallahassee Regional as the heavy underdog to No. 3 seed Ohio State. The game was sparcely attended with a listed crowd of 2,519 that had at most 500 fans in actual attendance. Marist put up a valiant effort, but fell behind late, eventually falling 6-4.

The Red Foxes came out early and put up two runs in the top of the second to jump out 2-0. The Buckeyes were unable to get the big hit yesterday, but in the bottom of the third today they put a four-spot on the board. The big blow came from OSU’s best hitter of the regional to this point, DH Ryan Dew.

With the bases loaded, Dew roped a ball down the first-base line that rattled into the corner for a three-run triple. Marist tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the sixth on a solo homer by third baseman George Agostini, his second of the year.

Ohio State manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. The Buckeyes were 34-1 during the season when they led after seven, and they trusted the same two arms they had used all year with the lead. Righty reliever Drew Rucinski picked up his eleventh win of the year (all in relief).

Ohio State’s closer, righthander Jake Hale, entered the game with one on and nobody out in the eighth. Hale got a quick double play and it was over. Hale would retire all five batters he faced. It was his 17th save of the season, extending his own single-season school record. The save was the 28th of his career, also a Buckeye record.

The game saw four balks, three from Marist starter righty B.J. Martin. Marist pitchers also walked eight, which helped the Buckeyes get six runs off of just seven hits.

Marist is eliminated, going 0-2 in the regional. Ohio State will play the Georgia/Florida State loser tomorrow at noon in an elimination game.