JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team fell to North Florida, 9-5, Wednesday afternoon at Harmon Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 6-8 on the year while the Ospreys improve to 4-12.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to host Liberty in a three-game home-opening series this weekend. The Buckeyes take on the Flames at 5:05 p.m. Friday, 3:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
OSPREYS OPEN UP 5-0 LEAD
After North Florida scored a pair of runs on three hits and an error in the third against Ohio State starter Will Pfennig, right-hander TJ Brock came on in relief to retire the first six batters he faced. However, Brock issued a two-out walk to Zach West before Blake Marabell singled through the left side and Tanner Clark followed with a three-run shot to right to make it a 5-0 game after five.
BUCKEYES ANSWER WITH FOUR IN THE SIXTH
Nate Karaffa led off the inning with a double to left-center off North Florida reliever Dominick Madonna before Colton Bauer reached on an error and a single through the left side by Nolan Clegg loaded the bases with nobody out. Nick Erwin then lined a sacrifice fly to center to score Karaffa for the Buckeyes’ first run of the game.
After left-hander Eddie Miller retired pinch-hitter Scottie Seymour on a fly out to left-center for the second out of the inning, Dillon Dingler turned around a 1-2 pitch, launching it over the indoor hitting facility in left field, to make it a 5-4 game on his fourth home run in two days.
TEAMS EXCHANGE RUNS
After Grant Grodi led off the bottom half of the sixth with a walk against Ohio State reliever Patrick Murphy, the Ospreys’ second baseman came around to score on a two-out single through the right side by Jeslyn Whitehead to make it a 6-4 contest.
However, Ohio State answered to make it a one-run game against Miller in the top of the seventh when Karaffa reached on a fielder’s choice, advances to second on a balk and scored on a single through the right side by Bauer for a 6-5 game.
OSPREYS MAKE IT A FOUR-RUN GAME AFTER EIGHT
After the Buckeyes went down in order in the top of the eighth, North Florida plated three runs on five hits against Joe Gahm and Bayden Root in the bottom half, extending its lead to 9-5.
– Dingler notched his team-high fifth multi-hit game of the year and extended his hitting streak to a team-high seven games.
– Sam Wilson pushed his hitting streak to six games.
– Brent Todys tallied a season-high three hits.
– Bauer, Clegg and Todys each notched their third multi-hit game of the year.
– Dingler’s home run was his fourth in two games and fifth on the season.
– Gahm made his team-high ninth appearance of the season.