February 19, 2022

Buckeye bats stay hot in 9-3 win over Indiana State in Game Two of 2022


Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The story of this young 2022 Ohio State baseball season has been the bats; across two games, the Buckeyes have scored 24 runs, including nine runs on 11 hits in their 9-3 win Indiana State on Saturday. Ohio State now moves to 2-0 on the year with a rematch against the Sycamores scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 PM.  

The Buckeyes faced their first deficit of the season when Indiana State put a run on the board in the top of the first, but the home team would not be down for long. In the bottom of the frame, leadoff hitter Marcus Ernst laced a single, and two-hole hitter Zach Dezenzo would follow up with a single of his own to set up a bases-clearing triple by first baseman Hank Thomas. Designated hitter Blayne Robinson reached on an error but drove home Thomas in the process, and the Buckeyes led 3-1 after the first inning.

Despite allowing Indiana State to chip away at the lead in the second inning after giving up a leadoff double, starter Nate Haberthier settled in and escaped the second maintaining a 3-2 advantage. In the bottom half, freshman Trey Lipsey reached on his second hit by pitch of the game (which, incredibly, was not his last), and was driven home on a moonshot of a triple by senior Marcus Ernst. Kade Kern knocked in Ernst with a single and the Buckeyes grew their lead to 5-2.  

Haberthier was replaced with two outs in the fifth after allowing an additional unearned run, spreading five hits over 4.2 innings with a strikeout and only two earned runs in just his second collegiate start. Preseason All-Big Ten pick Ethan Hammerberg was the first man out of the bullpen and flashed his powerful array of pitches over 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing only one hit.  

In the bottom of the fifth, Drew Reckart continued his hot start to the season with a double. After Trey Lipsey’s third hit by pitch of the game, each Buckeye made their way across the plate by way of a passed ball and an RBI single by Mitchell Okuley.  

The Buckeyes capped off their scoring in the bottom of the seventh, with Reckart and Lipsey both crossing the plate in the same inning for the second time in three frames. Reckart reached on a walk, Lipsey singled, and another single by Mitchell Okuley pushed Reckart across to give Ohio State their eight run of the contest. A sacrifice fly by Marcus Ernst allowed Lipsey to score, and the Buckeyes headed into 8th inning with a 9-3 lead that would held for both of Nate Karaffa’s shutout innings on the mound to close the game. Karaffa, a converted shortstop, struck out three batters across two innings and allowed only two base runners to reach in his impressive season debut.  

Marcus Ernst, Zach Dezenzo, Hank Thomas, and Mitchell Okuley each recorded two hits in the game, with Thomas and Ernst each tallying two RBI as well. In total, the Buckeyes out-hit the Sycamores 11 to seven, the exact same hit totals from Ohio State and Marshall in their game on Friday.  

The Buckeyes will play Indiana State again on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., looking to move to 3-0 on the young season, then will wrap up their first road trip against BYU on Monday at 12:30 p.m.