COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio State couldn’t mount a come-from-behind win for a second consecutive game Saturday, dropping a 7-3 decision to Northwestern that evened the opening Big Ten Conference series at two games apiece. Game 3 will be Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
“If we throw strikes and play defense we’re going to be a tough team to beat in this conference and we didn’t do that today,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We also left 11 runners on base which did not help our cause. We need to bounce back tomorrow and get a win to take this series.”
Northwestern was led by Paul Snieder, who had a couple of hits and three RBI, and relief pitcher Michael Jahns, who pitched 3.0 scoreless innings, to improve to 8-15 overall. Ryan Cypret had four hits for the Buckeyes, who fall to 9-11 overall.
Northwestern leveraged three consecutive first-inning walks, two wild pitches and a two-run single by Paul Snieder to grab a quick 3-0 lead over the Buckeyes and starter Dean Wolosiansky.
Wolosiansky, the hard-throwing big man from Uniontown, Ohio and Green High School, settled down nicely, though, by facing just one over the minimum number of batters over the next four innings. His control and short innings seemed to spark the Buckeyes at the plate, as the home team scored a run in the second and another in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2.
In the second, Matt Streng led off with a first-pitch triple to center and later scored on a ground out. In the fourth, Greg Solomon bunt singled and move to second on the play off a throwing error by the catcher. He moved to third on a fly-out and scored off an RBI groundout by Tyler Engle.
NU’s Chris Lashmet greeted Wolosiansky with a single to lead off the sixth and, when Snieder followed with a walk, that would be the end Wolosiansky’s outing. He was replaced by Theron Minium right as the skies opened up with a several-minute rain. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up and both ended up scoring – one on a wet ball wild pitch and another on a Jack Livingston single – to give the Wildcats a 5-2 lead.
Northwestern did not let up. Two more runs in the seventh inning off Minium extended the lead to 7-2. Patrick Miller scored after a leadoff triple and Trevor Stevens came around to score after being hit by a pitch.
The Buckeyes added a run in the ninth when Tim Wetzel scored on an RBI groundout by Josh Dezse but the Wildcats closed it out.
The Buckeyes out-hit the Wildcats, 9-6, but were unable to rally for a second consecutive night against NU starter Dan Tyson and relievers Jahns and Jack Quiqley. Tyson, a freshman making his first Big Ten start, pitched 4.1 innings and scattered seven hits but only allowed the two runs, one of them earned. Jahns, effective in his 3.0 innings, picked up the win and improved to 1-2 on the season. Quigley went the final 1.2 innings to close out the game.
Wolosianky dropped to 1-4 with the loss. His final line included 5.0 innings pitched, three hits, five runs, four walks and five strikeouts.
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