May 4, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team rebounded with a 12-3 win over UAB Wednesday Night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 29-15-1 overall, while the Blazers drop to 19-25 in 2016.
“It was a good win to bounce back, we didn’t play very well last night but I thought we played solid baseball tonight,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We pitched the ball pretty well. We were able to get Mosbarger and Stoll deep into the game to set up our bullpen guys. We had a lot of quality at-bats and played clean defensively. It was a win that we really needed today after last night’s loss. We need to continue to compete and keep it rolling into the weekend.”
Troy Montgomery went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, stolen base and walk, while Craig Nennig was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, double, two walks and three RBI. Troy Kuhn had a 2-for-4 day with three RBI, double and walk. L Grant Davis was 2-for-5 with a run scored, two RBI and two doubles and Jacob Barnwell was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three walks and a double. In all, nine different Buckeyes combined for 15 hits vs. the Blazers, who walked a combined 15 OSU batters in the three hour and 35 minute midweek game. On the mound, redshirt sophomore left-hander Joe Stoll earned his first collegiate win to improve to 1-0 on the season. Matthew Calvert received the loss to drop to 0-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Buckeyes scored three times in the bottom of the second to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Nennig knocked a two-out double on a 2-1 pitch vs. UAB reliever Cory Eller to the gap in right center to score both, Barnwell and Montgomery. The two-out rally started when Barnwell pulled a pitch down the left field line for a double to mark his first collegiate hit before Montgomery was intentionally walk.
But the Blazers answered right back with three runs in the top of the third. A one-out RBI single by Griffin Gum made it 3-1. A walk and hit by pitch by Daulton Mosbarger tied the game at 3-all.
Ohio State regained the lead with four runs in the fifth. Nennig’s third RBI of the night made it 4-3 on a bases-loaded walk vs. left-hander Matt Calvert. Sergakis sent a sac fly to right before Kuhn lined a single up the middle to push the score to 6-3. Tre’ Gantt legged out an infield single to make it a four-run cushion, 7-3.
Kuhn hit a RBI double on the first pitch he saw vs. UAB reliever Dylan Munger to extend the laed to 8-3. Bosiokovic picked up his first triple of the season when he drove a ball off the top of the center field wall and bounced back in the park for a three-bag RBI base hit. Davis grounded out to push home the 10th run. A wild pitch scored Barnwell for the eight-run advantage. The OSU second baseman, Davis drove in the 12th run in the bottom of the eighth on his second double of the evening. Overall, Ohio State registered six extra-base hits vs. UAB.
ON THE BUMP
Senior left-hander Daulton Mosbarger started for the second time in 2016 and pitched 2.2 innings on three runs, four hits, two walks and one strikeout. Redshirt junior left-hander Joe Stoll relieved Mosbarger in the third and threw 2.1 innings on no runs or hits with one strikeout to claim his first career win. Sophomore right-hander Seth Kinker tossed two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Senior left-hander Michael Horejsei followed with one scoreless inning on two punch outs and redshirt sophomore right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos closed the door on the Blazers with a scoreless ninth.
Ohio State welcomes Iowa for a key Big Ten home series Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis. First pitch Friday is at 6:35 p.m. ET. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Fans can listen on AM 1460 ESPN or on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.