COLUMBUS, Ohio – There were runs a plenty on Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium as Ohio State fell in a wild one 16-15 to visiting Purdue. The wind was blowing out and the teams combined to hit eight home runs.
The Buckeyes (17-14) trailed by two heading to the bottom of the ninth. Archer Brookman led off with a double to right-center and then Nick Erwin brought him home with a single. Erwin then found himself at third base with one out, but the Buckeyes were unable to get him home to tie the game.
All nine Buckeyes starters had at least one hit in the game and the team collected eight extra base hits. Both the 16 runs and 20 hits were season-highs for the Buckeyes.
Erwin had the first four-hit day of his career, going 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. The Grove City, Ohio native batted .571 on the weekend and collected eight hits.
Brookman and Zach Dezenzo also had monster weekends. Brookman was 3-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and three runs scored on Sunday. He was 5-of-8 on the weekend with three home runs. Dezenzo was equally as impressive. He also had a homer and double as part of his three hits Sunday, and he was 8-of-14 (.571) over the three games. Dezenzo had two home runs, two doubles, a triple and 10 runs batted in.
Kade Kern continued his stellar freshman season, going 3-for-5 with a double and raising his batting averaging to a team-high .376.
Conner Pohl, on his 23rd birthday, slugged a home run and had three runs batted in. He has now hit safely in each of the last 13 games which is the longest streak of his career. Brent Todys also extended his hit-streak to 11 games with a single in the first.
Mitchell Okuley collected his sixth multi-hit game of the season with three knocks, including his seventh home run of the season.
The Buckeyes raced out to a 5-0 lead after two innings on the back of Pohl’s three-run homer in the first and a pair of runs in the second. Purdue then scored eight unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings, chasing Buckeye Jack Neely after 3.2 innings.
Ohio State scored two in the bottom of the fourth to climb to within one and then hit three home runs in a five-run fifth to take a 12-8 lead. Purdue again answered with two in the sixth, four in the seventh and two more in the eighth to retake a 16-12 lead.
Two RBI groundouts in the eighth by Todys and Nate Karaffa cut the lead in half with an inning to play. The Buckeyes then had two chances in the ninth with Erwin on third and one out. Pohl grounded out and Kern struck out to end the game.
After a 4-2 home stand, the Buckeyes will now head out on the road for a three-game series with last place Minnesota next weekend.