COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State pounded out 13 hits en route to a 10-8 victory over Indiana Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, Ohio State won the series and moved to 19-9 on the season, 4-2 in the Big Ten. Indiana dropped to 15-15, 3-3 in the Big Ten.
Buckeye starter Dean Wolosiansky tossed six innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs while striking out three to even his record at 3-3 on the season. Theron Minium tossed the final three innings, striking out a pair, to earn his third save of the season.
Brian DeLucia led the Buckeyes offensively, going 3-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored while Michael Stephens finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
For the second consecutive day, the Hoosiers got out to the early lead and once again, it was Micah Johnson sparking Indiana offensively. The freshman singled to lead off the ballgame, advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt and a groundout to first, and scored on a two-out RBI single by Alex Dickerson as the Hoosiers took the 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes answered right back to score four in the bottom of the first, getting to Indiana freshman starter Walker Stadler. After Zach Hurley singled to lead off the inning and Cory Kovanda flew out to center, Hurley was erased on a fielder’s choice by Dan Burkhart and that is when the Ohio State rally started. Stephens followed Burkhart with a single and Ryan Dew walked to load the bases with two out. Cory Rupert then hit a swinging bunt down the third base line and the throw to first by Indiana catcher Dylan Swift tailed up the line and allowed Burkhart and Stephens to score. DeLucia then followed with a two-run single to give Ohio State the 4-1 lead after one.
After Wolosiansky settled down to retire six of the next seven batters after giving up a run in the first, Stephens led off the bottom of the third with his team-leading eighth home run to extend the Ohio State lead to 5-1.
Indiana answered right back with three in the fourth, taking advantage of two singles, a walk, a hit batter and a pair of Buckeye errors, to cut the lead to 5-4. The Hoosiers then tied the game up at five on a two-out solo home run to right by designated hitter Josh Lyon in the top of the fifth.
However, it would not be a tie game for long as the Buckeyes plated three in the fifth to regain the lead at 8-5. After dew was hit by a pitch with one out and Rupert followed with a fly out to left, DeLucia doubled off the right field wall to bring Dew home all the way from first and Matt Streng and Tyler Engle each followed with RBI singles.
Ohio State then added two more in the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of walks and two hit batters to push the lead up to 10-5.
Dickerson then cut into the Buckeye lead with his Big Ten-leading 13th home run of the season, a solo shot to right off Minium, before back-to-back two-out doubles by Lyon and Ethan Wilson shrunk the Ohio State advantage to 10-7 after seven.
Michael Earley hit a one-out solo home run in the top of the ninth but Minium finished off the final two batters of the game as the Buckeyes came away with the win.
Next up, the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to face Big Ten leader Michigan State for a three-game series beginning next Friday.
– It was good to see Ohio State tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator John Peterson at the games Saturday and Sunday.
– It was Kids Take Over the Ballpark day at Bill Davis Stadium Sunday afternoon. Groups of children learned the scoreboard, merchandising and marketing.
– The Buckeyes forced Indiana starter Walker Stadler to throw 38 pitches, unofficially, in the four-run first inning.
– Seven of eight Buckeye runs with two outs in the inning.
– Every Buckeye starter reached base by the end of the fifth inning.