IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State baseball team was edged by Iowa, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Banks Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 20-10 overall and 3-3 in B1G play, while the Hawkeyes improve to 19-10 overall and 5-3 in conference action. Iowa pinch-hitter Grant Judkins hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to score the eventual game-winning run.
Adam Niemeyer gave the boys another quality start today in a no decision performance. He didn’t allow the first hit until the board read two outs in the bottom of the fifth. He tossed five innings and allowed one unearned run with two walks in two strikeouts in his eighth start of the season.
MISCUE GIVES IOWA EARLY LEAD
The Hawkeyes scored a run in the bottom of the second after a Buckeye error. A dropped ball at first base allowed Lorenzo Elion to reach safely. With runners on the corners, a sac fly by Kyle Crowl made it 1-0.
BIG FLY BY BIG TEX
Noah McGowan tied it up with one swing of the bat when he sent a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for a solo shot in the top of the fourth off Iowa starting pitcher Cole McDonald.
TO THE BULLPEN
Left-handed reliever Griffan Smith came in the game to begin the sixth. He tossed 1.2 scoreless innings on two hits and two strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik got the Buckeyes out of the jam in the bottom of the seventh on one pitch with a ground out. McGowan made a diving play and toss to the senior co-captain to leave two runners in scoring position. He received the loss after allowing one run on one hit and one walk in one inning of work. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker gave up the go-ahead hit in the bottom of the eighth in 0.1 innings of relief this afternoon.
Ohio State and Ohio meet at 6:35 p.m. ET Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.
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