COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State jumped on Marshall with four runs in the second and fourth innings and rolled to a 14-2 victory on Monday night in the home opener at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes are now 6-8 on the year and have scored 29 runs in a pair of wins over Marshall this season. OSU won 15-4 in the season-opener against the Thundering Herd on Feb. 18.
Senior Zach Dezenzo got the scoring started in the fourth with a grand slam. The homer was his sixth of the season. He also added an RBI double in the sixth and finished the night 3-for-4 with five runs batted in.
Leadoff man Marcus Ernst was 2-for-2 with three walks to improve his team-high batting average to .434. Freshman Tyler Pettorini continued his hot streak at the plate with a pair of RBI singles.
On the mound, Wyatt Loncar made his second start of the season, and he was sharp. He went 5.0 scoreless innings, scattering five hits to go along with five strikeouts and no walks. Senior captain Griffan Smith made his season debut on Monday and he too pitched well, covering a scoreless inning with a pair of punchouts.
After a pair of 1-out walks, Dezenzo crushed his sixth home run of the year over the leftfield wall to stake the Buckeyes to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Ohio State scored four more times in the fourth on a bases loaded walk by Drew Reckart and back-to-back RBI singles by Mitchell Okuley and Pettorini.
The Buckeyes scored two more times in the fifth as Pettorini added another RBI single. Dezenzo then capped his night with an RBI double in the sixth to push the lead to 11-0.
Marshall got on the board with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth but then the Buckeyes responded with three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Colton Bauer delivered a pinch-hit RBI double to the wall in right-center and then Caden Kaiser followed with another pinch-hit single to score Bauer. Kade Kern then finished the scoring with an RBI double down the line in left to make the score 14-2.
Aaron Funk worked a scoreless ninth and the Buckeyes had their second win in their third win in the last four games.
Ohio State will head to North Carolina this week for a mini-Spring Break. The Buckeyes will play a four-game series at UNC Wilmington beginning on Wednesday and continuing on Friday through Sunday.