Feb. 17, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Freshman starter Ryan McCormick tossed 6.0 scoreless innings in his collegiate debut, but Ohio State plated three runs against the Red Storm bullpen and defeated St. John's by a 3-1 score. Martin Kelly was 2-for-5 to pace the St. John's (0-3), while Zach Lauricella finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. McCormick had four strikeouts and surrendered just two hits to take a no-decision, while Matt Clancy (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs in 1.1 innings. Aaron Gretz was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Ohio State (1-2), while Brad Goldberg (1-0) had seven strikeouts in 7.0 scoreless innings to earn the win.
After St. John's was retired in order in the top of the first, Ohio State threatened in the bottom of the frame before stranding a runner on third. Tim Wetzel singled to leadoff the frame and then stole second as McCormick struck out Brad Hallberg. Wetzel advanced to third on a groundout, but McCormick induced an inning-ending groundout.
McCormick ended a 1-2-3 second inning with a strikeout and St. John's tried to mount a two-out rally in the third as Kelly singled with two outs and Bret Dennis drew a four-pitch walk, but Goldberg escaped with a strikeout.
Ohio State singled to open the third frame, but McCormick rolled a double play ball before inducing an inning-ending groundout.
The pitcher's duel continued as Goldberg worked a 1-2-3 top of the fourth and McCormick answered with a 1-2-3 bottom of the frame.
Goldberg followed with a 1-2-3 fifth inning and the Buckeyes threatened in the bottom of the inning, but McCormick kept Ohio State off the board. Jacob Bosiokovic reached on an error to leadoff the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. McCormick then walked Ryan Cypret, but got a strikeout and an infield pop up to end the inning.
St. John's threatened in the sixth, but Goldberg responded to keep the game scoreless. After leading off the inning with a single, Kelly moved to second on a Dennis sacrifice bunt and then took third on a groundout. Goldberg, however, got out of the inning with a groundout.
McCormick worked another 1-2-3 inning in the sixth before an error and a sacrifice bunt gave the Red Storm a runner on second with one out in the seventh. Goldberg answered again and got out of the inning with a flyout and a strikeout.
McCormick was lifted after tossing 6.0 scoreless innings and Ohio State plated a run against Clancy. The reliever retired the first batter he faced before back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases. A walk to Greg Solomon forced in a run and gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead before Clancy retired the next two batters.
Ohio State went to the bullpen in the eighth and reliever Ryan Riga retired the first two batters before Dennis walked and Sean O'Hare singled. The Buckeyes went back to the bullpen and Trace Dempsey escaped the jam with a strikeout.
The Buckeyes added two runs in the eighth after a leadoff single and a walk set the table. Clancy was lifted after getting the first out and reliever Thomas Hackimer induced a groundout, but both runners advanced. Hackimer was then removed and Gretz greeted Anthony Cervone with a two-run single into center and Ohio State led 3-0.
St. John's got on the board in the ninth as Danny Bethea singled to leadoff the inning. A walk to Robert Case set up runners on first and second before Lauricella lined an RBI single into center field to cut the deficit to 3-1. Dempsey, however, followed with back-to-back strikeouts and a fielder's choice ended the game.
St. John's completes its doubleheader and concludes play in the Snowbird Baseball Classic with a 1 p.m. game against Florida Gulf Coast.