March 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A grand slam off the bat of Troy Montgomery helped Ohio State to a five-run fourth inning as the Buckeyes knocked off the Michigan State baseball team, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ryan Krill homered for the Spartans, who are now 10-9 and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
"It was a well-played ballgame. I thought we played well and hit a lot of balls hard," MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. "Offensively, I was pleased with our approach. We gave up the one big inning, which was disappointing, but outside that we pitched well."
Greg Greve earned the win for OSU (14-7, 1-1), allowing two runs off six hits in six-complete innings. OSU reliever Jake Post limited the Spartans to just one hit over the final three innings to preserve the win and earn the save.
Spartan starting pitcher Justin Alleman faced just one over the minimum through three innings, but eventually found trouble in the top of the fourth as the first three Buckeye hitters all reached base on singles. A full-count walk to Josh Dezse brought in the first run and Montgomery followed with his grand slam to right field to give OSU a 5-0 lead.
Prior to OSU grabbing the lead in the top of the fourth, MSU loaded the bases with two outs, but Greve was able to get Blaise Salter to fly out and end the threat.
"Blaise hit that ball hard to center field, unfortunately for us, their outfielder was able to run it down," Boss said.
The Spartans fought back after OSU's big top half of the fourth with a two-run home by Krill. With Jimmy Pickens on first and one out, Krill belted his first homer of the year to make it a 5-2 game.
MSU had another chance to cut into the OSU lead in the fifth, but stranded a pair of runners.
After the big OSU fourth inning, Alleman didn't allow a hit the rest of his outing. However, an error an MSU led to an unearned run in the seventh, boosting the Ohio State advantage to 6-2.
Krill and Dan Durkin both had a pair of hits on the afternoon for the Spartans.
The two teams will complete the opening conference series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.