Baseball Earns NCAA Win To Stay Alive

After a humbling day of baseball on Friday, Ohio State came back and showed its character to stay alive in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes defeated Marist in an elimination game to prolong their season until at least Sunday. Ryan Dew and Jake Hale were stars for the Buckeyes.

The Ohio State baseball team stayed alive in the 2009 NCAA tournament with a 6-4 win against Marist in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.

A day after the Buckeyes lost their first game of the Tallahassee Regional by a 24-8 score to a hot-hitting Georgia team, Ohio State's pitching ruled the day against the fourth-seeded Red Foxes.

Earning special notice was the bullpen, which threw 3.2 innings of no-hit ball for the third-seeded Buckeyes. Drew Rucinski retired five batters with a walk and Jake Hale got the final six outs without allowing a base runner for his school-record 17th save.

The bullpen's efforts allowed Ohio State's bats to do enough to earn the victory. With the score tied at four in the sixth, OSU plated the winning run when senior outfielder Michael Arp led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Tyler Engle and came home on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Matt Streng off of Marist starter B.J. Martin, who fell to 5-6.

The Buckeyes got an insurance run in the eighth when Streng singled in captain Justin Miller.

Marist took an early 2-0 lead off of starter Dean Wolosiansky, but Ohio State fought back with a four-spot in the third inning. Cory Kovanda singled before back-to-back walks by Michael Stephens and Dan Burkhart loaded the bases for junior DH Ryan Dew.

The Croton, Ohio, native didn't disappoint, chopping a ball over the first-base bag that turned into a triple and cleared the bases. Dew then came home on a sacrifice fly by Miller that made it 4-2.

Wolosiansky couldn't hold the lead, though, and OSU never did blow it open despite having runners in scoring position in every inning in which it did not score.

Wolosiansky gave up a run in the fourth in a sacrifice fly, and a solo homer in the sixth by Marist's George Agostini tied the score and ended his day.

Rucinski got the win to improve to 11-2.

The Buckeyes face the loser of the Florida State/Georgia matchup in an elimination game Sunday at noon at Dick Howser Stadium. The winner goes on to the regional championship series but will need two more wins.

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