COLUMBUS, Ohio – Minnesota moved to within one win of clinching a Big Ten championship and the number one seed in the Big Ten tournament next week at Bill Davis Stadium with a 16-2 win over Ohio State Thursday before 1,275 fans at Bill Davis Stadium. The Golden Gophers had 21 hits, including five home runs, to back the terrific pitching of Seth Rosin.

The loss dropped Ohio State into eighth-place in the Big Ten standings with a 10-12 record. Overall, the Buckeyes are now 27-22 while Minnesota moves to within a game of .500 at 26-27.

Minnesota jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning on the strength of three, two-out home runs. Nick O’Shea hit his team-leading 12th of the season, a three-run shot to left center to stake the Golden Gophers to a 3-0 lead. Two pitches later Matt Puhl hit a solo shot to virtually the same location, and Trip Schultz closed out the inning with a solo shot to right center.

Minnesota steadily worked the lead to 9-0 before Ohio State finally got on the scoreboard off a solo home run by Ryan Dew to lead off the fifth inning. It was Dew’s seventh home run of the season and his fourth in the last six games.

The Golden Gophers added three runs in the seventh and four in the ninth. Rosin improved to 7-4 with 7.0 innings of three-hit, nine-strikeout baseball. Drew Rucinski drops to 4-4 with the loss.

Game Notes & Supplemental Information…

  • Oh goodness gracious what a beautiful night it was in Columbus. Spectacular night for baseball. Same time – 7:05 p.m. – same place – Bill Davis Stadium Friday night.
  • The plan is for Alex Wimmers to return to the mound Friday night and against the Golden Gophers’ T.J. Oakes.
  • Minnesota Thursday starter Seth Rosin came into the game with a ridiculous 11-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 77 strikeouts and only seven walks on the season. He walked three Buckeyes, by far a season high for him.
  • Action around the Big Ten Friday: Indiana defeated Illinois, 11-5 to improve to 11-11 overall and drop the Illini dangerously close to being eliminated from the tournament at 9-13; Northwestern improved to 12-10 with a 2-1 win over Michigan State (10-12); Michigan moved into sole position of second place with a 6-3 win over Penn State. UM is 13-9 in the league. Penn State is the first team to be eliminated from the Big Ten tournament consideration as it drops to 8-14; Purdue at Iowa was rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader Friday.
  • 2,055: the number of wins for ABCA Hall of Fame coaches Bob Todd (1,024) and Minnesota’s John Anderson (1,031) coming into the game.