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LGHL Ohio State baseball surrenders lead late, loses to Coastal Carolina in extra innings

Ben Martens

Ohio State baseball surrenders lead late, loses to Coastal Carolina in extra innings
Ben Martens
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The Buckeyes gave up the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and ultimately lost to the Chanticleers, 3-2, in the tenth.

Ohio State emerged from its long weekend at the Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach tournament with a 2-2 record after falling at the hands of No. 22 Coastal Carolina on Monday by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings.

The Buckeyes, now 5-2-1 on the young season, couldn't hold onto a one-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Chanticleers took advantage in extra innings.

Down to its last out in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on first, Coastal's Zach Remillard scorched a liner off the 20-foot wall in dead center field for a game-tying triple off of sophomore Austin Woodby.

In extra innings, Buckeye righty Seth Kinker came out of the bullpen to relieve Woodby and gave up the winning run. A leadoff bloop single by Cameron Pearcey and a pair of walks set up Anthony Marks to be the hero, and he delivered with a liner that fell in front of left fielder Ronnie Dawson to end the game.

Ohio State got some two out production in the top of the third off Coastal starter Cole Schaefer. Jacob Bosiokovic worked a walk and advanced to second on Dawson's second single of the afternoon. Senior co-captain Nick Sergakis then slapped a single to the opposite field to score Bosiokovic and give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead, but Dawson was gunned down trying to take third to end the inning. Sergakis has now hit safely in every game thus far in 2016.

In the bottom of the inning, the Chanticleers tied things up against Ohio State starter Ryan Feltner. Leadoff man Marks drew a walk with one out and stole second on a 3-2 pitch from the Buckeyes' right-handed freshman that struck out shortstop Michael Paez, a preseason All-American according to several publications. But junior G.K. Young delivered an RBI single back up the middle to score Marks.

Feltner equipped himself well in his second career start. Despite having runners on base in each inning, the former Walsh Jesuit High School star tossed five innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits, walking three, and striking out six.

In the sixth, Sergakis doubled off the wall in right field with one out and moved to third on a single by fellow co-captain Jalen Washington. With the go-ahead run just 90 feet away, Zach Ratcliff lifted a fly ball into right-center for the sacrifice and a 2-1 lead.

Schaefer was pulled after six innings, having given up just the two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two. The Coastal bullpen did its job from there, shutting the Ohio State bats down.

Woodby worked around trouble in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, preserving the lead, but just couldn't close things out.

Kinker took the loss, his first of the season.

Ohio State will be headed back down south on Friday to kick off the Snowbird Classic against Seton Hall.

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