COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored in each of the first six innings and got another strong outing from Garrett Burhenn in an 11-3 series opening victory over Purdue Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes have now won three of four and improve to 16-13 on the season while Purdue falls to 10-19.
Ohio State had 13 hits in the game and all nine starters scored at least one run. Conner Pohl and Nick Erwin led the team with three hits apiece. Pohl had a home run, double and two runs batted in. That extends his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games and he also ties his career-long streak of 19 games reaching base. Erwin’s three hits tied his career-high for most in a game.
Brent Todys continued his hot streak as he singled in each of his first two at-bats to extend his hitting streak to a career-high nine games. He also drove in three runs and now has eight RBI in the last four games.
Zach Dezenzo had a pair of hits in the game including a bases-clearing triple in the four-run sixth.
Burhenn picked up the win to even his record at 3-3. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and tying a season-high with nine strikeouts. He battled on Friday as he made a career-high 125 pitches. Isaiah Coupet worked a scoreless seventh and eighth inning and then Ethan Hammerberg finished it off with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Todys got the Buckeyes started in the first with an RBI single to right to score a pair. Dezenzo added an RBI single in the second and Pohl led-off the third with his ninth home run of the season on a bomb to right field. The Buckeyes got two more in the fourth on a Pohl double and an RBI groundout from Todys to stake them to a 6-0 lead.
Purdue got on the board in the top of the fifth, but the Buckeyes answered with another run in the bottom half of the inning. After Purdue got a bases loaded, two-out, two run single in the sixth, Ohio State put the game away in the bottom of the sixth with a four-run outburst. Erwin drew a bases loaded walk and then Dezenzo cleared the bases with his third career triple. Those were the final runs of the game and the Buckeyes would enjoy the rest of their Friday evening as 11-3 victors.
Game two of the series is Saturday afternoon as Buckeye Seth Lonsway will toe the rubber at 3:05. He will be opposed by senior right-hander Trent Johnson.