COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State seniors Conner Pohl and Brent Todys both extended their career-high hitting streaks on Friday night but Michigan State did a little more hitting in a 10-7 victory.
The Buckeyes are now 18-15 on the season. Game two of the series will be Saturday afternoon with a 3:05 first pitch.
Pohl drove a ball out the opposite way to left to leadoff the fourth inning for his team-high 11th home run of the season. He has now hit safely in the last 15 games. Todys followed him one batter later with a double up the gap in right to extend his hit-streak a career-high 13 games. Both players added two more hits and each finished with three hits apiece.
Colton Bauer came off the bench and had two hits and two runs batted in.
Seth Lonsway started for the Buckeyes, allowing six runs on five hits in five innings and suffered the loss. Bayden Root had a solid outing, covering the final three innings and allowing just one run.
Michigan State loaded the bases with no outs in the second. After a sacrifice fly and a strikeout, Lonsway was an out away from getting out of the jam with limited damage but Dillon Kark hit a two-out, three-run homer to start MSU to a 4-0 lead.
The Buckeyes got a Pohl homer to start the fourth and then a double by Todys and a single by Sam Wilson to cut the lead in half at 4-2. The Spartans then answered right back with two more in the top of the 5th and the big blow came in the seventh as they scored four times to take a 10-2 lead.
The Buckeyes chipped away with two runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Todys and a pinch-hit RBI single by Bauer. They then made it interesting in the ninth, scoring three times on four hits and bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs. But Archer Brookman struck out swinging to end it.
Ohio State senior left-hander Griffan Smith will make his first start of the season on Saturday.