March 18, 2022

Buckeyes bounce back for 9-7 win over Seahawks


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WILMINGTON, N.C. – Ohio State bounced back from their 12-4 loss on Thursday with a standout offensive showing of their own. The Buckeyes used a six-run eighth inning to jump ahead of the Seahawks and came away with a 9-4 victory to tie the series at one

Buckeye starter Isaiah Coupet was dominant in his start, pitching 5.1 innings and only allowing one earned run in the fifth on two singles by UNC Wilmington. In the sixth, Coupet was knocked out of the game after a one-out error followed by a single and was replaced by Ethan Hammerberg. Hammerberg allowed two more unearned runs on a fielder’s choice and a double. 

Ohio State got on the board with a solo home run in the top of the second by third baseman Colton Bauer, and would not add another run until a single by Bauer scored Drew Reckart in the top of the sixth. The Buckeyes trailed 4-2 heading into the seventh.  

Facing a late two-run deficit, Ohio State rallied in the eighth with two outs to take the lead. After back-to-back walks by Trey Lipsey and Drew Reckart, Mitchell Okuley grounded out for the second out of the frame, but moved the runners over a base. A big two-RBI single by freshman Tyler Pettorini tied the game at four, but the Buckeye rally did not end there. Kade Kern followed up a Bauer walk with a two-RBI double, and was driven in on a single by Archer Brookman. After a Marcus Ernst walk, Zach Dezenzo drove in Brookman, and the Buckeyes led 8-4. Ethan Hammerberg shut down the Seahawk order, and Ohio State took the four-run lead into the ninth.  

After a leadoff triple by Mitchell Okuley, Tyler Pettorini’s RBI single gave the Buckeyes another insurance run in the ninth. Buckeye reliever Trent Jones entered in the ninth and had a rocky outing, allowing two singles and a walk. All of the baserunners that Jones allowed would come around to score, but with the tying run at the plate, Ohio State closer TJ Brock recorded two consecutive strikeouts for the save to cap off a 9-7 victory.  

With the win, Ohio State ties the series with UNC-Wilmington one apiece. The Buckeyes will face off against the Seahawks for game three of the series at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.