Ryan Dew hit a pinch-hit, solo home run with one out in the top of the 11th inning to lead Ohio State to a 4-3 victory at Michigan State Friday in the opener of a four-game, Big Ten series at Oldsmobile Park (box score).
Dew, batting for Ryan Meade, sent the ball over the right-field fence. It was just the team's seventh home run of the season (in 27 games) and the first in nine conference games. It was his first this year.
Jake Hale pitched 10.0 strong innings and struck out seven without allowing a walk. Improving to 4-0 with the win, he allowed three runs on nine hits before giving way to Eric Best in the bottom of the 11th. Best got a line out, fly out and ground out to end the game and earn his third save.
Cory Kovanda, Justin Miller and Dan Burkhart each finished with two hits as the Buckeyes collected nine hits against MSU pitching. Miller, Hurley and Dew drove in runs. Michigan State also had nine hits in the game.
The Buckeyes and Spartans were tied at three through nine innings, marking the first extra-inning game for Ohio State this season.
Michigan State built a 2-0 lead through the first three innings, but with one on and one out in the fourth, Miller doubled in a run. Miller reached second on a throwing error by the Spartan second baseman. Hurley's sacrifice tied the game.
Sparty reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the foruth on a double by A.J. Shindler. The Buckeyes tied it up again in the seventh. With runners at the corner and one out, Tony Kennedy stole second base and on an errant throw by the MSU catcher, Dan Burkhart was able to score.
Each team had three errors in what, no doubt, had to have been a wet and sloppy playing surface at Oldsmobile Park with all the rain that moved through the area Friday.
Ohio State improved to 17-10 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State dropped to 12-15, 3-6.
The teams' doubleheader Saturday is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Both games can be heard on ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Game one can also be heard in Columbus on AM 920 WMNI.
Michigan State recap. Here is what the Dispatch rewrote from the OSU release.