IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ohio State gave up four unanswered runs after taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, falling 4-3 at Iowa Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State falls to 26-21 on the season, 9-11 in the Big Ten while Iowa improves to 23-25, 10-10 in the Big Ten.
Zach Hurley went 2-for-4 for the Buckeyes and Dean Wolosiansky pitched effectively in the loss, going 7.1 innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out six.
The Buckeyes struck first for just the second time in the last ten games, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Ryan Dew led off the frame with a sharp single to right and moved to second on a groundout by Brad Hallberg. After a fly out by Cory Rupert, first baseman Matt Streng drove in Dew with a single to center.
Ohio State tacked on two more to extend the lead to 3-0 in the third. For the third time in four innings, the Buckeyes led off the inning with a single, this time by Michael Stephens. After a fly out by Dew, Hallberg singled and Rupert followed with a single of his own to drive in Stephens as Hallberg advanced to third. Streng then brought Hallberg home on an RBI fielder’s choice to push the lead to 3-0.
The Hawkeyes got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Durant doubled down the left field line with one down and scored on a two-out single to left by designated hitter Mike Corbeil.
Iowa threatened again in the bottom of the fifth, using an error by Cory Kovanda and a walk to put the first two runners on base, but a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by leadoff hitter Kurtis Muller gave the Buckeyes the first out of the inning and Zach McCool followed with an inning-ending double play as Hallberg recorded the force out at third base and threw McCool out at first to end the threat.
The Hawkeyes led off the bottom of the sixth with a pair of singles by Mike McQuillan and Durant and they were advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Phil Keppler. After Wolosiansky struck out Corbeil for the second out of the inning, Tyson Blaser followed with a two-run single through the right side to tie the game at three after six innings.
Iowa then scored the go-ahead run in the seventh. After Keppler tripled to right-center to lead off the bottom of the eighth, he was promptly driven in on a sacrifice fly to center by Corbeil, giving the Hawkeyes the 4-3 lead. A great play by Hallberg kept the Iowa lead at 4-3. With runners on first and second and two out in the inning, Muller lined a shot down the line and the redshirt freshman third baseman dove to his right to make a great grab on a ball that would have driven in at least one more Iowa run.
Iowa closer Kevin Lee recorded a one, two, three ninth as Ohio State dropped its fourth consecutive Big Ten series.
The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes conclude the three-game set at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Duane Banks Field.
– Cory Rupert earned his fourth start of the season in the DH spot and Brad Hallberg picked up his fifth consecutive start at third base.
– Zach Hurley recorded his team-leading 26th multi-hit game of the season and 65th of his career.
– Dean Wolosiansky tied a season-high with six strikeouts.