COLUMBUS, Ohio – A total of 10 home runs were hit on a muggy Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium but Penn State had the bigger punch and took the opening game of this weekend series 13-7.
The Buckeyes (17-29, 6-14) hit four home runs and collected 14 hits on the night. Freshman Trey Lipsey had his 11th multi-hit game of the season, and six of the nine Buckeye starters has multiple hits in the game.
How It Happened
Penn State jumped all over Buckeye starter Nate Haberthier in the first inning, hitting three home runs and scoring five times. Ohio State answered with a Dezenzo home run and a Todys RBI double in the bottom of the first.
Okuley made it a 5-3 game with a homer in the second, but Penn State answered back with two-run home runs in the third and fourth innings to lead 9-3.
Colton Bauer hit a solo shot in the sixth inning and PSU tacked on another solo home run in the eighth to make the score 10-4. The Buckeyes crept two runs closer in the bottom half of the eighth as Marcus Ernst singled home Bauer and Brookman scored on a wild pitch.
Penn State removed any doubt with three runs in the ninth. Trey Lipsey collected his third hit of the night in the bottom half of the ninth, a deep home run to right center field to provide the final margin of 13-7.
The teams will play game two of the series on Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. Isaiah Coupet will take the ball for the Buckeyes, making his 12th start of the year.