ATLANTA, Ga. – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 12-4, in its series opener at No. 21 Georgia Tech Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 2-2 on the year while the Yellow Jackets improve to 4-1.
The Buckeyes will look to even the three-game set at 2 p.m. Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium. Left-hander Seth Lonsway (1-0, 1.50 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for the Buckeyes against Georgia Tech right-hander Cort Roedig (0-1, 9.82).
TECH PLATES THREE IN THE FIRST
The first five Yellow Jackets singled off Buckeye starter Garrett Burhenn as Georgia Tech took a 3-0 lead before an error loaded the bases with nobody out. However, the sophomore right-hander was able to limit the damage as he got Jackson Webb to pop out to short before inducing a 6-4-3 double play by Jake Holland to end the inning.
BUCKEYES GET ONE BACK IN THE THIRD
In the third, Noah West took Georgia Tech starter Jonathan Hughes deep to right with his first home run of the season and fourth of his career to cut the deficit to 3-1.
M3 | West takes Hughes deep to right for a solo shot! First of the year for the senior from Westerville.
— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioStateBASE) February 21, 2020
YELLOW JACKETS BREAK IT OPEN IN THIRD AND FOURTH
Georgia Tech then took a commanding 12-1 lead, scoring nine runs on 11 hits in the third and fourth innings, to break the game open.
PFENNIG, VANCE SOLID IN RELIEF
While the Buckeyes chipped into the deficit with three more in the sixth, sophomore right-hander Will Pfennig and senior right-hander Jake Vance each put together solid outings out of the bullpen. Pfennig struck out five and allowed one run on two hits in two 2.0 frames in his first appearance of the season. Vance then came on to strike out four while allowing just one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings.
– Will Pfennig made his first appearance of the season on the mound and Mitchell Okuley came on in the fifth in left field, seeing his first collegiate action.
– West’s home run was his first of the season and fourth of his career.
– Dillon Dingler and Zach Dezenzo each tallied a base hit and have hit safely in all four games this season. West, Dezenzo and Dingler have reached base safely in all four contests.