COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State lost its first non-conference home game this season at Bill Davis Stadium on Wednesday, falling to Central Michigan, 4-2. The Buckeyes are now 16-10 on the season, while the Chippewas improve to 13-16.
Central Michigan starter Jesse Hernandez, usually the team’s closer, pitched a brilliant game for the Chippewas, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with six strikeouts over eight innings.
Ohio State’s Josh Edgin made his second start of the year and pitched well, allowing two runs on one hit with five strikeouts in four innings.
The Buckeyes scored first with a run in the third. Zach Hurley led off the inning with a double and then scored on Justin Miller’s groundout.
The Chippewas took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Tyler Stovall walked with one out, and Sean Hoorelbeke followed with a two-run home run to center. It was Hoorelbeke’s 10th home run, which leads the Mid-American Conference.
Ohio State tied the game in the fifth on Miller’s sacrifice fly to center, but Central Michigan regained the lead in the seventh on Noah Lankford’s RBI double. The Chippewas scored another run in the eighth when Hoolrelbeke drove home Jeff Helps with a single.
“They made plays and we didn’t,” Ohio State coach Bob Todd said. “And in a game like this when you play a good team, mistakes get magnified. We’ve got to get mentally tougher. Our hitters have to be ready to play against that kind of pitcher every game.”
The Buckeyes depart Thursday at 2 p.m. for a key Big Ten series at Michigan State. The games will be played at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing. WMNI-AM 920 will carry Game 1 Friday starting at 5:05 p.m., Game 2 Saturday starting at 1:05 p.m. and Game 4 Sunday, also starting at 1:05 p.m. Game 3, the second game of Saturday’s double-header, will be broadcast over the internet at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Edgin started the game throwing eight straight strikes.
Miller extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the first inning.
With his two RBI, Miller has driven in at least one run in five of his last six games and is second on the team with 19 RBI on the season (Rupert, 23).
Ryan Meade, who missed the last four Ohio State games due to illness, had his 17-game hitting streak snapped against the Chippewas.
The combined nine hits between the two teams was the lowest hit total in an Ohio State game this season.
The Chippewas now lead the all-time series between the two teams, 3-2.
Central Michigan, the 11-time MAC Champion, defeated Michigan, 7-3, last Wednesday at Mount Pleasant, Mich.
After starting the season 1-8, Central Michigan is 12-8 in its last 20 games.
The other Big Ten series this weekend: Michigan is at Illinois; Iowa is at Indiana; Minnesota is at Northwestern; and Penn State is at Purdue.