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OSU stays alive in tourney

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Arp doubled and scored on Matt Streng’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly as Big Ten champion Ohio State avoided elimination with a 6-4 victory over Marist on Saturday in the NCAA tournament.

The Buckeyes will play Georgia at noon on Sunday in an elimination game.

Georiga lost to top-seeded Florida State 8-2.

Streng also added an eighth-inning RBI single. The third-seeded Buckeyes (41-18) improved to 35-1 when leading after seven innings as Jake Hale picked up his 17th save of the season.

Marist (31-28) tied the game in the top of the sixth on George Agostini’s solo homer to right. The Red Foxes outhit the Buckeyes 10-7, but were hitless in 3 2-3 innings against relievers Drew Rucinski and Hale.

Friday’s Game

Georgia 24, Ohio St. 8

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Matt Cerione and Joey Lewis homered in Georgia’s eight-run first inning and the Bulldogs used seven home runs to cruise to a 24-6 NCAA regional-opening victory over Ohio State on Friday.

Rich Poythress hit three homers, while Cerione and Lewis each homered twice as Georgia (38-22) withstood a five-hour weather delay before setting season highs for runs and hits.

The Bulldogs battered Big Ten co-pitcher of the year Alex Wimmers for 10 runs in four innings. Wimmers (9-2) walked seven and allowed four homers as the Buckeyes (40-18) suffered their third consecutive defeat.