This Week in Buckeye Baseball: Ohio State sweeps Penn State, Northern Kentucky is next

Over the weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, the Ohio State baseball team won all three games scheduled against Penn State to complete the series sweep while moving ahead of Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.

Tim Wetzel. (File Photo)

Tim Wetzel. (File Photo)

The Buckeyes are currently in fourth-place in the conference with a 12-6 mark and improved to 28-13 overall.

Ohio State won 3-1 on Friday night thanks to senior RHP Brad Goldberg, who earned his sixth win in six decisions after going 6-1/3 innings and allowed one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts and five walks for the Buckeyes. Goldberg, though, threw a whooping 122 pitches to 28 different hitters.

Senior relievers David Fathalikhani and senior Brett McKinney shut the door through the eighth inning before sophomore closer Trace Dempsey came on in the ninth to record his 12th save of the season by facing four batters and gave up just one hit.

The Buckeyes scored a run in the first without getting a hit in the inning as fifth-year senior center fielder Joe Ciamacco led off the frame drawing a walk, stole second, and later scored on a groundout.

Ohio State went ahead 2-0 in the third as fifth-year senior first baseman Brad Hallberg smacked a one-out single and eventually scored when sophomore right fielder Patrick Porter drew a bases-loaded walk. The Buckeyes had a chance to extend the lead even more, but freshman third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic struck out swinging with the sacks full to end the inning.

In the eighth, Ohio State added an insurance run when fifth-year senior second baseman Ryan Cypret slugged his fourth homer of the year down the left field line.

Due to rain being in the forecast for Sunday, Ohio State and Penn State played a doubleheader on Saturday with the Buckeyes winning game one, 10-8, and later were victorious in the nightcap, 8-3.

In game one, the Buckeyes were in complete control and were leading 10-3 heading into the ninth after senior LHP Brian King lasted eight frames and surrendered two earned runs on eight hits with five K’s and one BB to improve his record to 7-4 on the season. He faced 33 batters and threw 88 pitches.

The Buckeyes took the lead and never relinquished it in the third on an RBI single by Ciamacco and a two-run double from Cypret.

Ohio State added seven runs in the fourth after loading the bases with nobody out. Porter doubled to left center scoring Ciamacco and Hallberg. Bosiokovic followed with a two-run single up the middle, who later scored on a throwing error. Junior left fielder Tim Wetzel added a two-run homer to right field, his second of the year that put the Buckeyes up 10-0.

In the nightcap, freshman designated hitter Zach Ratcliff got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard in the fourth with a solo home run to left. Then in the fifth, Ohio State added four more to go ahead 5-0 as Porter ripped a triple to left-center with the bases loaded that plated three and he later scored on a fielding error.

Junior RHP Jaron Long notched his fifth win in nine decisions by going 7-1/3 innings and scattered 11 hits, but allowed just two earned runs. Long struck out four and walked one while throwing 102 pitches to 33 batters.

Up next, Ohio State hosts the Northern Kentucky Norse (8-35, 3-15 A-Sun) for a doubleheader on Wednesday. Game one is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET. Game two is set for 6:35 p.m. ET.

About Matt Barker

Matt Barker began blogging on the Buckeyes for the web site, AllSports.com, back during Ohio State's championship year of 2002. Going out on his own, Mr. Barker began Buckeye Banter in August of 2003, now in its 10th year.