March 30, 2022

Buckeyes Drop a Tough one to Toledo 7-6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State hit a pair of home runs and struck out 14 Toledo batters, but the Rockets struck for four runs in the top of the sixth and held on for a 7-6 victory Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.

Zach Dezenzo and Kade Kern each homered while Blayne Robinson collected a pair of hits and an RBI on the night. For Kern, this was his third consecutive multi-hit game and his fourth consecutive game with a hit.

Freshman Josh McAlister also extended his hit streak to four games with a single and he also scored a run. Marcus Ernst had a hit and two runs batted in, extending his consecutive streak of reaching base to 24 games.

On the mound, seven Buckeye pitchers combined to strikeout 14 Toledo hitters. Tim Baird worked 1.1 innings with all four outs he recorded coming via the punchout. Ethan Hammerberg continued to impress as he went 1.2 innings and struck out three while throwing on 18 pitches.

Wyatt Loncar and Nate Haberthier, the Buckeyes’ Saturday and Sunday starters, each worked a scoreless inning to open the game.

Dezenzo and Kern got the scoring started as they hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first to stake the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead. Ernst then nearly hit a grand slam, flying out to deep center to push another run across with a sac fly.

Toledo got a two-out, two-run home run in the third and a solo home run in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3. The Buckeyes answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead. Robinson doubled home freshman Trey Lispey,  and then Ernst followed with a double to score Robinson. Tyler Pettorini capped the inning with a sac fly, his ninth RBI of the year.

In the top of the sixth, Toledo homered three times to grab the lead back at 7-6. The Buckeyes put the leadoff runner on in each of the final four innings but couldn’t get the big hit to tie the game.

Ohio State will continue its home stand this weekend when it hosts Nebraska. Friday night will be Bill Wells Night at the ballpark as the program will celebrate the life of longtime Buckeye supporter Bill Wells. First pitch Friday night is set or 6:05 p.m.

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