COLUMBUS, Ohio – In Game Two of the home-and-home season series with in-state rival Cincinatti, the Buckeyes looked to avenge their tight walk-off loss in Game One. A strong night on the mound by an array of Ohio State hurlers and a standout night from right fielder Mitchell Okuley at the plate propelled the Buckeyes to a 5-3 victory.
The Buckeyes moved to 20-29 on the season, while the Bearcats fall to a nearly identical 21-29.
How It Happened
Aaron Funk started the game for the Buckeyes, his second start in as many games against the Bearcats in 2022. He started the game and allowed just one baserunner in the first three innings. Josh McAlister gave the Buckeyes the lead with a two-out second inning double that deflected off of the diving Bearcat shortstop’s glove in the hole, scoring Mitchell Okuley, who reached on a hit by pitch.
The Bearcats took the lead in the fourth on two solo home runs to make it 2-1. They added in the fifth on another solo home run off of Funk; that is the last run Cincinnati would manage in the game. In the sixth, Colton Bauer reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and came around to score on Mitchell Okuley’s blast over the wall in right, making it a 3-3 game. Garrett Peters entered and pitched scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh.
The Buckeyes took the lead for good in the home half of the seventh. After Trey Lipsey, Kade Kern, and Brent Todys loaded the bases with walks, Bauer hit into a 6-4-3 double play, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Mitchell Okuley’s RBI double made the score 5-3, which turned out to be the winning margin. Nate Karaffa and Ethan Hammerberg closed out the game with scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.
OSU will host a three-game series against USC Upstate on Thursday through Saturday, with the first game of the set slated for a 6:05 p.m. start.