COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State salvaged a Saturday doubleheader split with Minnesota at Bill Davis Stadium, winning the second game, 4-1 after the Golden Gophers won the first game, 6-0. Dean Wolosiansky pitched a seven-inning complete game to lead the Buckeyes in the nightcap.
Ohio State is now 15-9 and 4-3 in the Big Ten while Minnesota is now 13-13 and 3-4.
After struggling offensively in the first game, Ohio State scored twice in the first inning with Justin Miller and Cory Rupert driving in runs. Cory Kovanda and Miller scored.
Minnesota cut the lead in half in the fifth on an infield single by speedy Matt Nohelty and a double by Eric Decker.
Pinch hitter Ben Toussant, who has been a terrific defensive replacement for the Buckeyes this season, came through with a one-out single in the sixth to score Miller, who drew a leadoff walk. Rupert doubled and then scored on a fielder’s choice to make the score 4-1 heading into the seventh.
Wolosiansky came out in the seventh and nailed down the first complete game by a Buckeye this season. He allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out three. Dustin Brabender, who went 5.1 innings, took the loss and is now 2-3.
Game 1: Minnesota 6, Ohio State 5
Minnesota won the first game of the doubleheader, 6-0, behind a complete game shutout from pitcher Kyle Carr. The junior lefthander scattered seven hits, walked just two and struck out four in improving his record to 2-3.
Minnesota scored a run in the first off Ohio State starter Andrew Armstrong and added two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Two walks and an RBI single by Jeff DeSmidt plated the first inning run. Eric Decker led off the second with a single and scored on a single by Mike Kvasnicka. Kvasnicka alertly stole second with two out and then scored on a single by Kyle Knudson.
Carr was in control of the Ohio State hitters throughout. He did not allow a Buckeye to reach third base and it took until the fourth for the Buckeyes to get a leadoff batter on base. A 6-4-3 double play quickly erased the opportunity.
Minnesota put the game away in the seventh by scoring three runs off one hit, two walks, two hit batters and an error.
Cory Kovanda, Justin Miller and Michael Arp had two singles apiece for the Buckeyes. Minnesota turned two double plays and picked off an Ohio State base runner to help its cause. The shutout was the second time this season OSU has failed to score.
Armstrong took the loss and is now 3-2 on the year. The true freshman pitched at least 5.0 innings for his fourth consecutive start. He scattered six hits and gave up three runs, two of them earned. He also struck out one and walked four.
The two teams will complete their four-game series with a single game Sunday starting at 1:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.