March 4, 2018
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 6-1, against Eastern Michigan Sunday at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Fla. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 7-4 overall, while the Eagles improve to 3-8 in 2018.
EAGLES SCORE SIX IN THE FIRST FOUR FRAMES
Eastern Michigan scored three runs in the second and fourth innings to jump out to a six-run cushion. Cameron Cruz and Jared Kauffman each doubled to score a run before a ground out by Kolton Schenker made it a 3-0 game. In the fourth, the Eagles scored three runs on three hits and one OSU error. A single by Schenker pushed Cruz around and Kauffman then scored on a throwing error. A wild pitch allowed Schenker to cross the dish for the sixth run.
ON THE MOUND
Right-hander Adam Niemeyer received the loss to fall to 0-2, allowing six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 3.1 innings. Right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos threw the next 3.2 innings. He walked three batters, but didn’t allow a run on three hits. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno retired two hitters in the eighth and right-handed reliever Thomas Waning recorded the final out in the bottom of the eighth and walked one batter.
For the Eagles, EMU starter Luke DeVenney limited the OSU bats to one run on seven hits to improve to 1-0 this year. He struck out four and walked one in seven innings on the mound.
Ohio State heads to the Carolinas for its spring break trip next week. The Buckeyes will play four games at the Environmental Staffing Chanticleer Classic in Conway, S.C., with a pair of games vs. High Point and the Chanticleers Friday-Sunday. The team will then take a bus trip north to play a pair of midweek games at UNCW March 13-14 in Wilmington, N.C.
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