May 5, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 6-0, against No. 17 Michigan Friday night in a three-game series opener at Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Complex. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 17-28 overall and 5-11 in Big Ten play, while the Wolverines improve to 34-10 overall and 10-6 in conference action. UM starting pitcher Oliver Jaskie limited the Buckeye bats to no runs on seven hits with a career-high 14 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout to improve to 6-2 in 2017.
MICHIGAN SCORES FIRST, BUT POST SETTLES DOWN
The Wolverines struck the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second when Johnny Slater ripped a one-out RBI double off the wall in left center to score Nick Proirer, who reached safely on a single. Post limited the damage when he fanned back-to-back UM hitters to get out of the second. He left a runner on third in the third with a strikeout and ground out to maintain the 1-0 deficit. In the fifth, the fifth-year senior induced a fly out to center field to strand a UM runner on second. Post would chalk up three straight scoreless stanzas after allowing one run in the second.
OHIO STATE MIDDLE-INNING CHANCES
The Buckeyes had two runners on in the fourth vs. Jaskie, but failed to score a run as the UM lefty got a strikeout to keep the 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Noah West led off the frame with a single through the left side, but was thrown out while trying to advance to third. A strikeout in the turf led to a heads-up play by UM catcher Harrison Wenson, who recovered a strikeout in the turf quickly and fired down to third to get West for the second out. Jaskie then recorded his ninth punch out to end the sixth and left two more on in the seventh with his 10th strikeout.
WOLVERINES SCORE FOUR IN THE SIXTH
Post was solid through five frames, but ran into trouble with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The Wolverines scored four times vs. the right-hander to take a five-run advantage. After a two-out walk, Poirier doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Slater then hit a triple to right field to score both runners before Wenson ended Post’s outing with a two-run home run over the wall in left.
BASES LOADED IN NINTH
The Buckeyes loaded the bases vs. Jaskie in the ninth, but a ground out to third base completed the shutout for the UM starter.
ON THE MOUND
Post falls to 1-5 on the year. He allowed five runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 5.2 innings of work. Left-handed reliever Joe Stoll allowed one walk and had one strikeout to end the sixth. Right-handed pitcher Austin Woodby came into the game to begin the eighth. Woodby worked two innings and allowed one run on three hits with one strikeout.
Ohio State and Michigan meet in game two of the series at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Complex. Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis (3-2, 4.74 ERA) squares off vs. RHP Alec Rennard (5-1, 4.34) on the mound. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Fans can also listen on AM 1460 ESPN.