Series Opener Goes to Ohio State, 6-1
April 8, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Clutch situational hitting elevated the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-11, 3-1 Big Ten) past the Hoosiers, 6-1, in IU's Big Ten home opener on Friday. Indiana (18-11, 2-2) matched OSU with eight hits each, but struggled to drive in runs when needed.
Freshman Dustin DeMuth did his fair share of hitting, knocking out three base hits and scoring the lone Hoosier run. Outfield T.C. Knipp posted multiple hits as well, pulling a pair of pitches into right field for a single and double.
Ohio State opened the third inning with consecutive singles to place men at the corners. The next batter connected for a sacrifice fly, putting OSU ahead 1-0. Indiana's Blake Monar limited the damage to just one though, inducing a `6-4-3' double play to end the inning.
The fourth frame was very similar to the previous one. Josh Dezse crushed a ball off the wall in left center for the triple, giving the Buckeyes a runner on third with no outs for the second straight inning. It was followed by another sac fly for the 2-0 OSU advantage. Once again Monar quickly ended the scoring threat, getting another inning-ending twin killing. The second double play got Monar going as he needed just nine pitches total to get past the next two innings. The Rockport, Ind., native tossed only three pitches in the fifth.
DeMuth sent a shot up the middle in the bottom of the sixth for a lead-off single. Wes Wilson followed with a line drive over the outstretched arm of the leaping OSU shortstop, landing in shallow left for another single. DeMuth would score moments later off a groundball by Alex Dickerson.
A fielding error and passed ball for Indiana in the next half inning, helped escort Ohio State to their fourth run of the day. A well-played squeeze bunt later in the inning tallied another run for the Buckeyes to push them ahead 4-1.
Indiana placed two runners on base in both the seventh and eighth innings, but came away with nothing. Two scores for Ohio State in the top half of the eighth created the 6-1 final tally.
The Hoosiers and OSU get back at it tomorrow afternoon for game two of the weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm and can be watched live at BigTenNetwork.com.
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