COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 4-2, against Iowa Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The story of the night was strong pitching as both starters went deep into the game in the series opener. Iowa right-handed starter Cole McDonald received the win, throwing eight innings on six hits, one walk and eight strikeouts to improve to 4-3, while freshman right-handed pitcher Garrett Burhenn received the tough-luck loss on eight innings, five hits, two runs, two earned, two walks and seven strikeouts to drop to 5-3 on the year. Iowa closer Grant Leonard claimed his 10th save of the season. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 23-19 overall and 6-7 in Big Ten play, while the Hawkeyes improve to 25-15 overall and 10-6 in conference action.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“Give McDonald credit, the guy is a senior and has been around the block and made some critical pitches when he needed to,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He kept our guys off-balanced using all four pitches. Garrett pitched well and we played clean behind him. We hit four doubles tonight and hit the ball hard, but the difference in the ball game was two-out RBIs.”
RIDGE COMES UP BIG EARLY
With two on and two down in the top of the second for Iowa, a single up the middle by Mitchell Boe looked like a run would score, but captain centerfielder Ridge Winand fired a strike to fellow captain catcher Dillon Dingler who applied the tag on a head-first slide by Connor McCaffrey.
IOWA SCORES IN THE THIRD AND FIFTH
The Hawkeyes got on the board in the top of the third when Thomas Weitrich hit a solo homer over the right center wall for a 1-0 lead. Iowa made it a two-run game in the fifth on a sac fly.
OHIO STATE GETS ON THE BOARD
Canzone got the Scarlet and Gray on the board with a RBI double in the bottom of the eighth off McDonald to plate Winand, who led off the inning with a single. The hit extended Canzone’s reached base streak to 38 games (fifth longest active streak in the country) and hit streak to 15 consecutive games. McDonald kept the 2-1 lead for Iowa with his eighth strikeout to leave Canzone on third base.
INSURANCE RUNS FOR IOWA
The Hawkeyes made it a 4-1 game in ninth on a two-out, two-run homer by Zeb Adreon. Ohio State got a run in the ninth on a RBI double by Todys, but Leonard got back-to-back outs to seal the win for the Hawkeyes.
Ohio State and Iowa meet in game two at 3:05 p.m. ET Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway (5-3, 4.83 ERA) vs. sophomore left-handed pitcher Cam Baumann (3-2, 5.11 ERA). The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.