May 30, 2021

Buckeyes Cap Regular Season


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State dropped an 8-2 decision to the Northwestern Wildcats Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium after previously winning the series by taking the first two games on Friday and Saturday evening.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings, increased the lead to 7-2 in the sixth, and had a contingent of eight pitchers hold Ohio State’s bats in check by allowing just seven hits. Tyler Uberstine started and got the win to even his record at 3-3. Freshman Nate Haberthier started his first game as a Buckeye, worked 3.0 innings, allowed four earned runs off five hits, and took the loss in his first career decision.

Ohio State completes the regular season with a 22-20 record. Northwestern ends 15-21.

Key Moments

  • The Wildcats scored one run in the first inning, two in the second and two in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Big blows were home runs by Shawn Goosenberg – his 14th, a solo shot in the first – and a two-run blast in the second by Stephen Hrustich.
  • The Buckeyes missed out on a promising second inning. Garrett Boeckle threw 20 pitches with only eight strikes but a caught stealing and then a strikeout and pop-out ended the threat.
  • Northwestern extended its lead with two unearned runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit and with the benefit of two errors, a walk and a HBP.
  • Ohio State’s runs came in the first on a run-scoring single from Conner Pohl and in the seventh on a double by Kade Kern.
  • A series of five pitchers from the bullpen limited Northwestern to just one earned run over six innings pitched.
  • Zach Dezenzo continued his torrid series with two more hits and two runs scored. He hit .500 against NU with six runs scored, six hits including three home runs, and seven RBI.
  • Prior to the start of the game, five seniors were honored:
    • RHP Joe Gahm, who excelled out of the bullpen with 39 games played, a 2-0 record and 4.22 ERA. He graduated this spring with his degree in human development and family science.
    • LHP Patrick Murphy, who also excelled out of the bullpen after transferring in from Marshall. He played in 20 games, posted a 4-1 record and earned his master’s degree in kinesiology as a Buckeye.
    • 1B and captain Conner Pohl, who played in 208 games and hit 29 home runs, good for 12th in school history. He is a two-time all-Big Ten honoree who graduated with his degree in psychology.
    • UTIL player Scottie Seymour, who played in 38 games for Ohio State, played six different positions and made 18 starts, including today on senior day. He is a Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist and has his undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting.
    • RHP Jake Vance, a veteran of 38 games and 20 starts over the last five years. He recorded 97 career strikeouts in 109 innings. He graduated this spring with his degree in strategic communications.
  • These five seniors represent the 902, 903, 904, 905 and 906th lettermen to get their names posted on the new “lettermen wall” at Bill Davis Stadium. It’s a new Buckeye Baseball tradition. Names are added at the conclusion of a player’s career.

More Notes

  • This strange, Big Ten-only games, 2021 regular season has come to its conclusion. Ohio State finishes sixth in the Big Ten Conference with only the top three or four teams expected to be invited to the NCAA tournament when invites come out tomorrow at noon.
  • Three players – CF Kade Kern, SS Zach Dezenzo and 1B Conner Pohl started all 42 games this year.
  • Kern, a true freshman, led the team in hitting with a .325 average.
  • Pohl led in both home runs and RBI with 13 and 35, respectively.
  • ERA leaders were T.J. Brock (2.08 with nine saves), Isaiah Coupet (3.63) and Garrett Burhenn (3.81).
  • Seth Lonsway led in opponent’s batting average (.167) and in strikeouts – 98 in 68.0 innings. Burhenn had 91 strikeouts in a team-high 80.1 innings.
  • Today’s game was the last on-campus sporting event of this 2020-21 season and it represents the second-to-the-last sport to end its season. Rowing capped its season today as well and the men’s and women’s track and field team will close their campaigns June 9-12 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.