COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State baseball team (23-15) dropped a 2-1, 10-inning decision to Dayton (14-22), in front of 1,863 fans at Bill Davis Stadium.
"Our pitching did a great job and their starter was excellent against us," head coach Bob Todd said. "We had our opportunities to win the ballgame but we squandered all of them."
Dayton's John Scott (4-1) fired a complete game gem, tossing 10 innings of seven-hit, one-run ball. He hurled 138 pitches, walking four while striking out three.
The Flyers' Shawn Bollinger led off the 10th inning with a solid single to rightfield and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Clint Beasley. After OSU reliever Cory Cox (Jr., Chillicothe, Ohio) struck out Pat Rasey, Nate Winkelfoos ripped a single, scoring Bollinger to give the Flyers a 2-1 advantage.
Dayton drew first blood with a run in the fifth inning. With one out, Beasley ripped a single to centerfield off OSU reliever Kevin Wynk (Fr., Coldwater, Ohio). Bolinger followed with double to the gap in right-centerfield, moving Beasley to third. After Wynk fanned Rasey, Winkelfoos slapped a grounder to shortstop Trent McIlvain (Jr., Louisville, Ohio), who booted the ball, allowing Beasley to score and give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. UD attempted to tack another run on, but an attempted double steal was thwarted by the Buckeyes when Bolinger was thrown out in a rundown at third base.The Buckeyes promptly responded in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, McIlvain coaxed a walk from UD starter John Scott. After Chris Alvord (Jr., Mentor, Ohio) moved McIlvain to second with a groundout to third base, Jason Driscoll (Sr., Middlefield, Ohio) brought him home with a single to left, tying the game at one.
Ohio State starter Kyle Brown (Fr., Washington Court House, Ohio) was fabulous on the mound, firing four hitless and scoreless innings. He threw just 40 pitches while allowing just one baserunner via a walk. Cox was charged with the loss. His record falls to 4-2.
On Friday, Ohio State plays host to Indiana at 6:35 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium.