COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Buckeyes defeated Toledo, 13-0, Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. The win improved Ohio State’s record to 13-8. Toledo, which has had its last eight games cancelled or postponed due to inclement playing conditions, drops to 7-12.
True freshman Andrew Armstrong had another strong outing for the Buckeyes, throwing five scoreless innings to improve to 3-1. Tony Kennedy led the offense with a lead-off home run in the first and had three hits for the game.
The Buckeyes scored in each of the first five innings. After Kennedy’s home run in the second, Michael Arp had an RBI single in the second, Justin Miller and Cory Rupert had RBI singles in the third, and Kennedy singled home Brian DeLucia, who had tripled, to extend the lead to 5-0 in the fourth.
Ohio State broke the game open with a four-run fifth. Arp had a two-run triple, and the Buckeyes took advantage of three Toledo wild pitches to score two more runs.
“I just thought it was a good methodical approach to what we need to do in a mid-week game,” Bob Todd, Ohio State head coach, said. “I thought we were sound defensively all the way through. And we put some young pitchers into the ball game and they were effective.”
The Buckeyes added three more runs in the eighth. Matt Streng had an RBI double, and DeLucia had an RBI single in the inning.
Rory Meister, Drew Rucinski and Alex Wimmers combined to pitch 4.0 innings of one-hit relief work to preserve the Buckeyes’ fourth shutout of the season.
The Buckeyes host Minnesota (12-11, 2-2) Friday through Sunday in Big Ten action at Bill Davis Stadium. Archie Griffin will throw out the first pitch at 6:35 p.m. prior to the first game of the series Friday night.
“I think our team realizes and Minnesota realizes what’s at stake this weekend even though it is early in the season,” Todd said of the upcoming series.
Game Notes and Good Stuff:
Ten different Buckeyes scored at least one run, nine different Buckeyes had at least one hit, and eight different Buckeyes drove in a run in the game.
Ohio State has scored 10 or more runs in five games this season.
Today’s shutout was Ohio State’s fourth of the season and third on the current 11-game homestand.
On the current homestand, the Buckeyes have allowed only nine runs and have a team ERA of 1.26. The starters’ ERA over that span is 1.08.
With his five scoreless innings, Armstrong’s ERA dropped from 3.38 to 2.45. As a staff, Ohio State’s overall ERA on the season dropped to 3.94.
The Buckeyes did not commit an error for the third time in their last four games.
Ohio State has now won 16 consecutive games against Toledo and leads the all-time series, 24-6.
The Buckeyes are a perfect 6-0 against Toledo in Bill Davis Stadium and 19-3 all-time against the Rockets in Columbus.