April 29, 2022

Buckeyes Fall 6-4 to Rutgers in Game One

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COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio State began their weekend series with the conference leader on Friday night, hosting Rutgers in game one of a three-game set. In a fairly evenly played affair, the Scarlet Knights took advantage of a big first inning and held on for a 6-4 win.  

The Buckeyes fall to 13-24 on the season and 3-11 in Big Ten play. 

Notes 

  • The Buckeyes matched the Scarlet Knights’ hit total with 12 on the night.  
  • Brent Todys hit his second home run of the season in a key spot in the seventh inning, and singled in the eighth for his third multi-hit game of the season.  
  • Marcus Ernst contributed two hits and a run as part of his team-leading 16th multi-hit game of the year.  
  • Mitchell Okuley’s second late-inning home run in as many games gives him four for the year. 
  • Kade Kern and Trey Lipsey each added two hits on the night.  
  • Nate Haberthier pitched 6.1 innings in his start, allowing five earned while striking out four. He pitched four shutout innings in the middle of his outing.  
  • Jake Johnson appeared in his team-high 19th game on the mound with his scoreless seventh inning.  

How it Happened 

Rutgers scored the first runs of the game in their first at-bat. Back-to-back singles to open the contest off of Nate Haberthier, followed by a sacrifice fly, gave the Scarlet Knights an early lead. A two-run home run two batters later gave Rutgers a 3-0 advantage.  

The Buckeyes chipped away shortly after. Marcus Ernst led off the home half of one with a single, and Trey Lipsey’s single two batters later moved him up a base. Blayne Robinson’s two-out single through the right side gave Ohio State their first run. In the third, Zach Dezenzo’s leadoff double set up Kade Kern for a line-drive RBI single into center that made the score 3-2.  

No runs were pushed across by either squad in the fourth, fifth, or sixth innings on the backs of solid stretches from both starting pitchers. However, in the seventh, the Scarlet Knights chased Haberthier from the game with back-to-back one-out solo home runs to make it 5-2 Rutgers.  

The Buckeyes drew within two runs twice, first on a solo home run by Brent Todys in the bottom of the seventh. Rutgers pushed the lead back out to three on an eighth-inning double that came around to score on a passed ball with Nate Karaffa pitching, but Mitchell Okuley’s solo shot in the home half made it 6-4 heading into the final frame. Trey Lipsey walked in the ninth, but Ohio State was unable to bring a run home and the score held.  

Up Next 

Game two of the series is set for 3:05 p.m. first pitch on Saturday afternoon.  

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