May 23, 2012
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Around the Tournaments: Wednesday recaps
Buckeyes rally past Nittany
By Phil Stanton
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Nittany Lions won the
first half of the game, but the Buckeyes won the second half and
After third-seeded Penn State built a 5-1 lead,
sixth-seeded Ohio State scored two in the sixth, three in the
eighth and six in the ninth to post a 12-5 win in the first
round of the Big Ten Tournament at Huntington Park.
The Buckeyes (32-25) will face top-seeded Purdue
on Thursday at 7 p.m., while the Nittany Lions (29-26) meet
Nebraska at noon in an elimination game.
“Last weekend, we didn’t play relaxed,” said OSU
head coach Greg Beals, referring to the three-game sweep at the
hands of Indiana. “Today is a great example of believing,
continuing to believe. The idea of this ball club believing in
itself and sticking to it was what I liked most.”
Patrick Porter drove in four for OSU with a
single in the second, a sacrifice fly in the sixth, a fielder’s
choice in the eighth and a base hit in the ninth. David Corna
added three hits and four RBI for the Buckeyes.
Penn State took the lead with a three-run third
as Luis Montesinos had a RBI single, Aaron Novak doubled in a
run and Alex Farkes added a sacrifice fly. Sean Deegan singled
and scored in the fourth as the Nittany Lions led 5-1.
Reliever Brett McKinney (5-5) took over in the
fourth and kept the Buckeyes in the game. He allowed two hits in
4.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
“I was really impressed with what Brett McKinney
did,” Beals said, “not just his ability to pitch but what it
meant to our team and how it changed the complexion of the
ballgame when he came in the game. He was the difference-maker
for us today.”
took the lead in the eighth on heads-up base-running. Josh Dezse
(right) and Brad Hallberg (3 for 4, 4 R) both singled and a walk
to Mike Carroll loaded the bases. Corna’s base hit to left
plated Dezse and pulled the Buckeyes to within one at 5-4.
Porter hit a shot to the first baseman, who threw to second for
the force. The relay throw to first was not handled cleanly by
the pitcher. Hallberg scored easily from third to tie the game
and Carroll sped around third and came home when he saw the
mishandled throw at first to give OSU its first lead at 6-5.
Corna and Kirby Pellant both had two-run singles
in the six-run ninth for the Buckeyes.
(photo courtesy of OSU Media Relations Office)