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Ohio State Rallies To Defeat No. 23 St. John's, 8-7, In 11 Innings
 
 

Kevin Kilpatrick allowed one unearned run in 3.0 innings of relief.
 
Kevin Kilpatrick allowed one unearned run in 3.0 innings of relief.
 

Feb. 20, 2011

Box Score

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. John's used a six-run third inning to grab an early six-run lead, but was held scoreless for the next eight innings as Ohio State rallied to win, 8-7, in 11 innings. Jeremy Baltz was 4-for-5 with two RBI and Kyle Richardson was 2-for-5 with two RBI to pace St. John's (2-1). John Dezse was 3-for-5 with an RBI and also tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for Ohio State (1-2).

For the third time in three games St. John's got on board first. After a lead off single, Baltz advanced to second on a groundout. A Sean O'Hare RBI single to center chased home Baltz and the Red Storm took a 1-0 lead.

Ohio State answered right back, however, leveling the game at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Dezse doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on a Greg Solomon triple.

The Red Storm wasted no time in regaining the lead in the top of the third, sending 11 men to the plate in a six-run outburst. Richardson and Jimmy Brennan led off with back-to-back singles before Matt Wessinger reached on a fielder's choice as Richardson was forced out at third. Joe Panik plated Brennan with an RBI single before a two-run triple from Baltz quickly gave St. John's a 4-1 lead. Paul Karmas followed with an RBI single before Richardson roped a two-run double into right field and St. John's grabbed a 7-1 lead.

St. John's starter Brendan Lobban was lifted after striking out four in 4.0 innings of one-run ball, but the Buckeyes plated six runs of their own in the fifth to tie the game at 7-7. Anthony Cervone entered to pitch for St. John's and Ohio State promptly loaded the bases with a single, a walk and a single. After a strikeout, a wild pitch brought home one run before a Desze sacrifice fly made it a 7-3 ballgame. OSU then strung together four-straight singles, three of which plated runs, and Cervone was lifted. Eddie Medina entered and allowed an RBI single, Ohio State's fifth-straight single, before ending the frame with a fielder's choice.

 

 

Reliever Brett McKinney worked a 1-2-3 top of the eighth for Ohio State before Kevin Kilpatrick relieved Medina, who worked 2.1 scoreless innings, in the bottom of the frame. Kilpatrick allowed a lead off single, but retired the next three batters.

McKinney worked another 1-2-3 ninth, but Kilpatrick answered with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 bottom of the frame and the game headed to extra innings.

Desze took the mound in the 10th and St. John's was retired in order for the third-straight inning. Again, though, Kilpatrick answered with a 1-2-3 inning of his own as the lefty induced three quick groundouts.

Kevin Grove broke the string in the top of the 11th with a lead off walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Grove moved to third on a fly out, but Desze stranded him on third to keep the game tied at 7-7.

After retiring nine-straight Buckeyes, Kilpatrick allowed a lead off single to Matt Streng. A Desze single set up first and second, before Ryan Cypret reached on a fielder's choice, but an error on the play allowed the winning run to come home and Ohio State completed its comeback with an 8-7 win.

Kilpatrick (0-1) had three strikeouts and allowed one unearned run in 3.0 innings of work.

St. John's returns to action at 4 p.m. on Feb. 25, traveling to Atlanta for a three-game set at Georgia Tech.

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