May 16, 2021

Buckeyes Beat MSU in the Finale 7-3



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State collected 10 hits and got three strong efforts on the mound to take the series finale with Michigan State 7-3 Sunday afternoon at sunny Bill Davis Stadium.

Garrett Burhenn turned in another quality start, going six innings and allowing just three runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking none. Jack Neely came out of the pen and was electric. He hit 100 MPH on the radar gun a handful of times in two scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the season. Closer TJ Brock then closed it out by striking out the side in the ninth.

Four different Buckeyes (19-16) had a multi-hit game on Sunday. Brent Todys continued to swing a hot bat, extending his hitting streak to a career high 15 games with a pair of knocks. His single in the seventh gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the weekend and they would hold that advantage the rest of the way.

Nick Erwin also had a pair of hits and scored two runs while also driving in a two. Kade Kern tied the game in the fifth with a two-run single as part of his two-hit day. He finished with a team high three runs batted in. Zach Dezenzo broke out of a mini slump with a single, a double, a walk and a run scored.

Michigan State scored in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead, but the Buckeyes quickly answered back as Marcus Ernst reached on an error and later scored on a single by Erwin. The Spartans then got a solo homer in the third and tacked-on another run in the top of the fifth to lead 3-1.

Kern smoked the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the fifth into left field to chase home Dezenzo and Erwin to even the score at 3-3.

It stayed that way until the seventh when Mitchell Okuley singled and later moved to second on a two-out walk to Conner Pohl. Todys then delivered again with a single to right that scored Okuley and the Buckeyes had their first lead.

OSU added three insurance runs in the eighth. Erwin brought home Ernst with a perfectly executed safety squeeze and then Kern added an RBI single and Pohl an RBI groundout.

The Buckeyes will hit the road for a huge weekend in Bloomington, Ind., next weekend. OSU will play two against Nebraska and then two against Indiana on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.