Ohio State (10-5) scored twice in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and escape CSU Ballpark with a 6-3 win over Charleston Southern.
CSU (8-9), which plays at Clemson today, committed four errors in the first two innings, but rallied to tie the game at 3 in the fourth inning on Bobby Ison’s RBI single. Ison finished 5 for 5.
The Buckeyes got RBI singles from Jacob Bosiokovic and Greg Solomon in the eighth, and a solo home run from Tim Wetzel in ninth.
CSU coach Stuart Lake saw his team outhit the Buckeyes, 11-7, but never break through after a jittery start.
“We came out and just didn’t play in the first innings,” Lake said. “We’ve got to come out and make plays to let our starter settle in. After (the first two innings) we did, but it’s still disappointing. As a team you have to fight through it and we have to get that big hit to break the game open. I’m proud of how hard we played, but frustrated we never broke through against a good team like Ohio State.”
OSU’s Greg Greve (1-0) worked two scoreless innings to pick up the win.
CSU’s Joe Pistacchio (0-1) allowed two hits and struck out three, but took the loss on the Buckeyes’ runs in the eighth.
The Bucs got two runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by John Faircloth and an RBI single by Brian Welch to tie the game at 2.
OSU retook the lead in the fourth as Jacob Bosiokovic drew and leadoff walk and scored on a single from catcher Greg Solomon to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead.
CSU’s Alex Tomasovich was 2 for 4, while Greg Solomon went 2 for 3 for Ohio State.