Another week of action on the diamond is in the books and neither the Ohio State Baseball nor the Softball team could escape it with winning records. The baseball Bucks picked up a pair of wins at home, one against Ohio and one against Toledo, before traveling to Lincoln and getting swept by Nebraska. On the ladies side, the softball team traveled to Ann Arbor and left by getting swept by the 5th ranked Wolverines. Let’s take a look at the games:
4/5: OSU 0, Michigan 1
Ohio State fought hard against the 5th ranked team in the country but fell short in a 1-0 loss to Michigan. The Wolverines scratched out a run in the bottom of the 1st against Buckeye started Olivia O’Reilly and that proved to be the winning run. O’Reilly pitched very well and held the potent Michigan offense to just 5 hits. The Buckeyes, however, were only able to muster 2 hits of their own.
4/6 Game One: OSU 0, Michigan 10 (5 innings)
After escaping the opener with a one run victory, Michigan took game two of the series by trouncing the Buckeyes 10-0. While the Ohio State offense struggled with only 3 hits, the Wolverines bashed out 10 hits. All the damage was done in 4th and 5th innings as Michigan tallied 3 runs in the 4th before finishing off the Bucks with 7 in the 5th. Olivia O’Reilly took the loss after giving up 4 earned runs off 7 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings pitched.
4/6 Game Two: OSU 1, Michigan 9 (6 innings)
Game two of the doubleheader featured more of the same: Michigan offense. Ohio State did strike first on a RBI single from Melissa Rennie in the top of the 1st but it wouldn’t be enough. The Wolverines used a home run by Lauren Sweet and a couple of RBI singles by Nicole Sappingfield and Lyndsey Doyle to take a 3-1 lead. A home run in the 5th and a grand slam in the 6th by Taylo Hasselbach gave the Wolverines a 9-1 victory and a three game series sweep of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State’s record dropped to 17-18, 5-4 in the Big Ten after the weekend sweep. The softball team will host a doubleheader against Ohio on 4/9 before hosting Purdue in a three game set 4/11-4/13.
4/1: OSU 11, Ohio 6
After a tough weekend the Buckeyes got back on the winning track by pounding out 19 hits in an 11-6 victory over Ohio. The Buckeyes didn’t play around by jumping on the Bobcats early. Ryan Leffel and Zach Ratcliff had RBI doubles off Ohio starter Jake Miller en-route to a 5 run first inning. The Bobcats tried to to bounce back quickly in the second but Buckeye starter Trace Dempsey was able to wiggle out of a bases loaded, one out jam keeping the score 5-0. Ohio State never looked back from there. Zach Ratcliff led the way for the Bucks going 3 for 5 with a home run, double, and 5 RBI.
4/2: OSU 7, Toledo 2
Ohio State kept on rolling by knocking off Toledo 7-2 at home. The first inning again proved large as the Buckeyes scored twice against Rocket starter Ross Archer. Jacob Bosiokovic drove in the first run by drawing a bases loaded walk and then Ryan Leffel scored the second run when Zach Ratcliff grounded into a double play. The Bucks weren’t done yet as they scored two more on a single by Connor Sabonosh. Toledo picked up a pair of runs off of reliever Jake Post but couldn’t get any closer. Zach Farmer picked up the win for Ohio State after pitching 4.0 scoreless innings.
4/4: OSU 2, Nebraska 3
In a game that Ohio State controlled through 7 1/2 innings, mental mistakes cost the Buckeyes late in a 3-2 loss to Nebraska. After a pitcher’s duel through 4, Ohio State broke through on Cornhusker starter Christian DeLeon with an RBI single by Troy Kuhn. The Bucks added another run in the 7th inning before the wheels fell off in the 8th. Ohio State freshman reliever Travis Laskins hit the leadoff batter and then a Kuhn error put runners at first and second. Back to back singles after a sacrifice bunt tied the game and the Cornhuskers finished the deal with an infield single by Michael Pritchard.
4/5: OSU 3, Nebraska 4
Ohio State bounced back early from the previous day’s heartbreaking loss by getting on the board before Nebraska even came to the plate. Troy Kuhn led off the game by reaching base on an error. After a sacrifice bunt, Kuhn scored on a single by Ryan Leffel. More miscues by the Cornhuskers in the 5th allowed the Buckeyes to push their lead to 3-0. Nebraska refused to go away though. After notching a run in the 8th, the Huskers rallied in the 9th. The Buckeyes were able to get two out before loading the bases. A walk to Jake Placzek cut the lead to 3-2 before Michael Pritchard walk off 2-run single sealed the deal for Nebraska.
4/6: OSU 1, Nebraska 2
In what seems to be a recurring theme for the Buckeyes, they jumped out to the early lead in the rubber match of the three game set. Josh Dezse grounded into a double play in the top of the first plating Troy Kuhn to give Ohio State an early 1-0 lead. Buckeye starter Jake Post gave up RBI single to Tanner Lubach in the 4th to tie the game at one. Things remained calm until Lubach proved to be lethal in the 9th. Lubach’s walk off RBI single in the 9th gave Nebraska the series sweep of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State’s record dropped to 18-14, 2-7 in the Big Ten after the week. The baseball team will next face Eastern Michigan on 4/8 and Dayton on 4/9 at home before hosting a three game set against Penn State 4/11-4/13.