April 30, 2022

Buckeyes Drop Game Two 13-3 to Rutgers

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COLUMBUS, OH – After a hotly contested game one, game two of the weekend series between Ohio State and visiting Rutgers was tied at one run apiece through five innings. However, the Scarlet Knights scored 12 runs between the sixth and ninth innings, including five home runs, to cap off 13-3 win.  

The Buckeyes fall to 13-25 on the season and 3-12 in Big Ten play. 

Notes 

  • The Buckeyes matched the Scarlet Knights’ hit total with 12 on the night.  
  • Kade Kern hit his sixth home run of the season to extend his on-base streak to a career-high 21 games.  
  • Marcus Ernst, Zach Dezenzo, Tyler Pettorini, and Archer Brookman each doubled for their only hit of the game. 
  • Despite allowing four earned runs, Isaiah Coupet struck out eight Rutgers batters in the loss.  

How it Happened 

The Scarlet Knights took an early lead with a leadoff double followed by a walk that turned into a run when starter Isaiah Coupet threw the ball passed the third baseman on a steal attempt, allowing one runner to score with no outs. Coupet stranded two with three consecutive strikeouts to limit the damage, and went onto hold Rutgers scoreless in the next four frames, allowing just three baserunners.  

The Buckeye bats were held silent through four with two hits coming on doubles from Marcus Ernst and Archer Brookman that resulted in no runs. In the bottom of the fifth, Ohio State manufactured a run to tie the score. After a Blayne Robinson walk, Mitchell Okuley moved him to third with a single hit sharply to right. Archer Brookman barreled a ball to the warning track in the next at-bat to score Robinson from third and make it 1-1. 

Coupet was an out away from a quality start, making it through five and two-thirds before a walk and two singles made it 2-1 Rutgers. After walking the bases loaded, Jake Johnson entered in relief of Coupet and worked a full count, but gave up a grand slam to extend the Scarlet Knight lead to five. Johnson walked the bases loaded himself, and after being replaced by Jacob Gehring, Rutgers made the score 8-1 with a two-RBI single. 

Ohio State chipped away in the home half, with Zach Dezenzo leading off the frame with a double to left. Two batters later, Kade Kern hit his sixth home run of the season on a line over the fence in left to make it 8-3.  

Rutgers added more in the eighth on three home runs, two solo shot and a two-run home run to make it 12-3. Another solo home run in the ninth made it 13-3, and that score would hold as the Buckeyes were unable to plate a run in the late innings.  

Up Next 

Game three of the series is set for 12:05 p.m. first pitch Sunday afternoon.  

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