COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State won the opener of this huge, three-game series on Friday, 7-4. Michigan evened the series at one win apiece today with a 7-0 victory. Game 3 will be a nationally televised broadcast tomorrow (Sunday) at Noon on ESPN3. Ohio State, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, is now 13-8 on the season and Michigan is 14-7.
Ohio State sent national pitcher of the week Seth Lonsway to the mound for his typical Saturday start. The junior struck out 10, after striking out 17 Indiana Hoosiers last week, but gave up five hits and five walks that lead to four earned runs. He drops to 1-4 with the loss.
“We weren’t able to control their run game today,” Ohio State coach Greg Beals said. “There were a couple of situations where we had them and yet we didn’t execute. I give Michigan credit as they had a game plan against Seth and executed it. They were able to capitalize when they had guys on base and we weren’t able to.”
Michigan scored a run in the second before adding three more in the fourth off one hit. The Wolverines benefited in the inning off three walks, four stolen bases, an error and a wild pitch to build a 4-0 lead for starter Cameron Weston.
The Wolverines added two more runs in the sixth off a two-run home run by third baseman Christian Molfetta and they added a single, final run in the seventh.
Weston pitched 6.2 innings of five-hit, shutout baseball to get the win and improve to 4-1 on the season. He walked three and struck out five.
Unlike Friday, when Ohio State hitters had 13 hard-hit balls, Saturday was markedly different against Weston and two relievers. The Buckeyes managed just five singles and hit into three double plays.
Riley Bertram, whose error Friday led to three unearned Ohio State runs, led the way for UM with three hits, including two doubles, and also three runs batted in and two runs scored.