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May 3, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 6-3, against UAB Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 28-15-1 overall, while the Blazers improve to 19-24 in 2016.

At the plate, Troy Montgomery went 2-for-4 with a home run, RBI, two runs scored and walk, while Troy Kuhn was 2-for-5 with a RBI and Craig Nennig was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ryan Feltner (1-3) received the loss and Tanner Graham (3-5) picked up the win for the Blazers. Thomas Lowery notched his eighth save of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Blazers scored a run in the opening frame on a two-out seeing-eye single up the middle by Carter Pharis. The Scarlet and Gray answered with a run in the bottom half when Kuhn knocked his 12th double of the year down the right field line, plating Montgomery, who singled to start the inning.

But the Blazers got a huge hit in the following at-bat when lead-off hitter Griffin Gum hit a one-out grand slam over the wall in left vs. Feltner. UAB registered two walks and a single to left before Gum’s first homer of the season pushed the score to 5-1 in favor of the Blazers. Ohio State also loaded the bases in the second, but a diving grab on a liner up the middle left them loaded vs. left-handed starter Stephen Baggett.

Felnter rebounded in the third when he struck out the side, but Ohio State stranded two more against right-handed Graham. In the bottom of the fourth, Montgomery had a no-doubt, solo home run over the right field wall vs. Graham to cut the Buckeye deficit to three runs. However, UAB came right back in the fifth with its sixth run of the evening on a RBI single Adam Smith vs. right-handed reliever Austin Woodby. Ohio State trimmed the lead to three runs in the sixth on a RBI grounder by Jacob Bosiokovic, but couldn’t plate any runs in the final three at-bats to drop their first non-conference home loss of the season.

ON THE BUMP
Feltner received the loss, throwing four innings on five runs, seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Austin Woodby pitched 2.2 innings and gave up one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts, while Kyle Michalik threw the final 2.1 innings with a pair of punch outs and one walk.

ALS AWARENESS NIGHT
The ALS Awareness Central & Southern Ohio Chapter would like to thank everyone for attending the third-annual Strikeout ALS Game with the Baseball Buckeyes.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and UAB wrap up the two-game series at 6:35 p.m. ET Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium live on BTN Plus ($). Left-hander Daulton Mosbarger (1-0, 1.53 ERA) takes the hill in his second career start vs. lefty Ryan Ruggles.

WORTHY NOTES

  •  UAB improves to 8-6 all-time vs. the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State drops to 15-3 at home and 11-1 against non-conference schools in Columbus.
  • This was the first meeting between the two schools in Columbus.
  • Several Buckeyes pushed their reached base streaks: Sergakis (15), Kuhn (13) and Gantt (8).
  • Hit streaks extended: Kuhn (6). Gantt’s six-game hit streak was snapped.
  •  Dawson’s career-high 20-game reached base streak ended tonight.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 43 home runs this season. The Buckeyes have hit 19 home runs at Bill Davis Stadium in 18 games.
  •  Montgomery launched his eighth home run of the year and 14th of his career. He picked up his eighth multi-hit performance.
  • Kuhn knocked his 12th double of the season and 42nd of his career. He moves to 17th all-time on the OSU career doubles list and ties former Buckeyes Nick Swisher, Mike Lockwood, Tom Durant and Johnathan Stewart.
  • Three Buckeyes had a stolen base: Montgomery (13), Sergakis (10) and Gantt (4). Montgomery is fifth on the OSU career steals list with 52 swipes.
  •  Kuhn registered his 13th multi-hit performance and Nennig boasted his eighth multi-hit game.
  •  Feltner started for the ninth time this season. Other pitching appearances: Woodby (15) and Michalik (12).