COLUMBUS, Ohio – Minnesota moved to within one win of clinching a Big Ten championship and the number one seed in the Big Ten tournament next week at Bill Davis Stadium with a 16-2 win over Ohio State Thursday before 1,275 fans at Bill Davis Stadium. The Golden Gophers had 21 hits, including five home runs, to back the terrific pitching of Seth Rosin.
The loss dropped Ohio State into eighth-place in the Big Ten standings with a 10-12 record. Overall, the Buckeyes are now 27-22 while Minnesota moves to within a game of .500 at 26-27.
Minnesota jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning on the strength of three, two-out home runs. Nick O’Shea hit his team-leading 12th of the season, a three-run shot to left center to stake the Golden Gophers to a 3-0 lead. Two pitches later Matt Puhl hit a solo shot to virtually the same location, and Trip Schultz closed out the inning with a solo shot to right center.
Minnesota steadily worked the lead to 9-0 before Ohio State finally got on the scoreboard off a solo home run by Ryan Dew to lead off the fifth inning. It was Dew’s seventh home run of the season and his fourth in the last six games.
The Golden Gophers added three runs in the seventh and four in the ninth. Rosin improved to 7-4 with 7.0 innings of three-hit, nine-strikeout baseball. Drew Rucinski drops to 4-4 with the loss.
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