Ohio State Baseball Falls in Game One Of Greenville Regional

Ohio State Baseball Falls in Game One Of Greenville Regional

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Ohio State Baseball Falls in Game One Of Greenville Regional


Ohio State got off to a less than desirable start against South Carolina in the first game of the Greenville Regional. It will now have to battle out of the loser’s bracket. 


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Ohio State Baseball Falls in Game One Of Greenville Regional

The Ohio State baseball team just doesn’t like to do things the easy way. And so it was again in the first round of the NCAA baseball tournament yesterday in Greenville, NC.

Things started off fine enough with the No. 3 seed Buckeyes jumping on the No. 2 seed Gamecocks early with a second inning home run by Dillon Dingler to make it 1-0. Couple that with starting pitcher Connor Curlis’ ability to keep the South Carolina hitters off balance, and things looked bright for Ohio State.

Ohio State would add another run in the top of the seventh with Dingler striking again with a run-scoring double to put OSU up 2-0. But it was a game of missed chances for the Buckeyes, and it would come back to haunt them.

Ohio State had a hard time getting the two-out hit, leaving a bushel of runners stranded on base, none bigger than the top of the fifth when it had the bases loaded with no outs and failed to score.

Still, OSU had the lead all the way up to the seventh, with Curlis pitching six innings of shutout baseball, but it was an unfamiliar feeling with reliever Seth Kinker failing to deliver. The Gamecocks finally got to OSU pitching, knocking Sinker around for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take control 5-2.

From there, the Gamecocks cruised to a first round 8-3 win, putting OSU in a hole that it must climb out of, much like it did in the Big Ten Tournament. One more loss and the Buckeyes season is over.

It’ll get a chance to keep things going at Noon Saturday in an elimination game against No. 4 seed UNC-Wilmington who lost to No. 1 seed East Carolina.

 

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