COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State fell to Penn State, 14-6, in the series finale on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes drop to 22-13, 7-5 in the Big Ten, while Penn State improves their record to 17-22, 4-8 in the Big Ten.
Dean Wolosiansky gave a solid seven-inning effort for the Buckeyes on the mound, giving up four earned runs, three of which were the last three batters he faced in the eighth inning, and he struck out six. Zach Hurley finished the day 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored while Brian DeLucia went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.
Steve Snyder went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Nittany Lions while starter Ryan Ignas picked up the win, giving up two earned over 5.1 innings.
Both starters were solid early with the Buckeyes getting the first threat of the game in the bottom of the third. Cory Kovanda doubled down the left field line with two down and Dan Burkhart followed with his seventh walk of the series but Ohio State was unable to capitalize as Michael Stephens struck out to end the inning.
After a single by Snyder to lead off the top of the fourth, the Nittany Lions took advantage of a pair of Buckeye errors to take a 3-0 lead. Snyder scored the first run on an error by Cory Rupert and Joey DeBernardis and Sean Deegan each followed with RBI singles later in the inning.
The Buckeyes threatened again in the bottom of the fourth, using a Rupert single and a walk by Brian DeLucia to put runners on first and second with one down, but Ignas was able to strike out Matt Streng looking and induce an inning-ending fielder’s choice by Tyler Engle.
Penn State extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth when Justin Steranka reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches by Wolosiansky and scored on a single through the left side by Ben Heath. Ohio State was able to get in the board in the bottom half of the inning when Stephens’ two-out single to left drove in Hurley, who had singled to lead off the inning.
Rupert then cut the Penn State lead to 4-2 when he took Ignas deep to left on the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth for his first home run of the season but as the Buckeye third baseman crossed home plate, play was suspended for the second time. After the 20-minute delay, Ignas came back out to strike out DeLucia looking and walking Streng before being lifted in favor of David Lutz. The senior lefthander promptly came in and induced an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play by Engle to end the threat.
After Hurley doubled and Kovanda singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Burkhart drove in Hurley with a sacrifice fly to left as the Buckeyes cut the lead to 4-3 but the rally was thwarted by Penn State reliever Heath Johnson, who came in and induced a 6-4-3 double play by Stephens.
However, the Nittany Lions answered right back as Heath led off the eighth with his third home run in two games and Mario Eramo followed two batters later with a two-run long ball to right to extend the lead to 7-3 and knock Wolosiansky out of the game. The next four batters reached base and scored off Ohio State reliever Brett McKinney as Penn State pushed the lead to 11-3.
The Nittany Lions then added three in the top of the ninth before the Buckeyes scored three in the bottom of the frame to cap off the scoring.
The Buckeyes will look to bounce back with a Wednesday evening matchup against Marshall. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
– The game was delayed 37 minutes as storms swept through the Columbus area.
– After throwing out Elliot Searer in the first inning Sunday, Dan Burkhart has now thrown out 13 of 29 (45 percent) potential base stealers this season.
– Hurley extended his team-leading hitting streak to 12 games.
– Cory Rupert has now reached base safely in all 25 starts this season.
– The Buckeyes have recorded double-digit hits in nine of their last 12 games.