Mike Allen hit his first home run of the season Friday night
March 14, 2014
Ryan Riga worked eight strong innings as Ohio State built an 8-1 lead and held off a late Siena charge in an 8-5 win Friday night in Columbus. The two teams will complete their three-game series with a doubleheader Saturday at noon.
Siena (0-15) leadoff man Vincent Citro continued his hot start with a 3-for-4 performance, and senior classmate Andres Ortiz was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Siena ace Matt Gage (0-3) worked all eight innings for Siena allowing 13 hits and eight runs.
Ohio State scored twice in the first and then tacked on three more in the bottom of the fourth. Zach Ratcliff and Craig Nennig led off the inning with singles and, after a sacrifice bunt by Connor Sabanosh, Tim Wetzel was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one down. Troy Kuhn then scored both Ratcliff and Nennig with a sacrifice fly to deep center before Bosiokovic lined a double down the left-field line to score Wetzel to but the Buckeyes up 5-0.
Mike Allen's first home run of the season got the Saints on the board in the sixth, but OSU answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take command.
Siena made a late move with a run in the eighth and three in the ninth. Ortiz' two-out single drove home Justin Esquerra in the eighth and pinch hitter Nick Duarte had the big hit in the ninth - a two run, two-out single to center that chased home Alex Tuccio and Brett Connors.
Troy Kuhn drove in five runs from the leadoff spot for Ohio State and Jacob Bosiokovic led five Buckeyes with multi-hit games, finishing 3-for-4.
Riga picked up the win, allowing just one earned run while scattering nine hits in his eight innings of work.