BABSON PARK, Fla. – No. 22 Ohio State wrapped up its spring break trip, dropping a 9-0 decision at Webber International Thursday afternoon.
Eight Webber pitchers combined to shut out the Buckeyes on four hits. Ohio State starter Brett McKinney pitched 5.1 innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs while striking out four.
The Warriors used a single, an error and an RBI groundout to get on the board first and take a 1-0 lead after three innings. Webber then used three singles and another Buckeye error to score three more runs in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 4-0 after five innings.
Webber then tacked on two more in the sixth to make it 6-0 on a pair of singles, a walk and two wild pitches. The Warriors added three more in the seventh to push the lead up to 9-0 and cap off the scoring.
The Buckeyes (13-7) will be off until Wednesday when they host Toledo at 2:05 p.m. in the home opener at Bill Davis Stadium.
– It’s a nice park at Webber International. Right on a lake in Babson Park and the field looks pretty well manicured.
– Once the bus came within about five miles of Webber International, all we saw were orange groves everywhere.
– It’s pretty difficult to compare the size of these schools. While the autumn 2009 enrollment at Ohio State was 52,715 for the Columbus campus, Webber International currently has 617 students.
– Freshman outfielder Hunter Mayfield made the first start of his career Thursday.
– Senior catcher Shawn Forsythe appeared in his fourth game of the season behind the plate, drilling a base hit to left in the ninth inning.