April 22, 2022

Buckeyes Fall 9-8 to Wolverines in Extras

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ohio State pounded out 14 hits and got 5.2 solid innings from sophomore start Nate Haberthier but Michigan rallied late and stole a 9-8 victory in game one of the weekend series.

The Buckeyes are now 12-22 on the season and 2-9 in Big Ten play

Notes

  • Both offenses were on full display, with Ohio State tallying 14 hits and Michigan totaling 12 on the day.
  • Kade Kern’s second inning solo home run gave the Buckeyes a lead they would hold until the ninth. Kern has now had a hit in 15 of his last 16 games.
  • Zach Dezenzo’s fifth inning home run, his team-leading tenth of the season, landed 440 feet from home and flew 112 mph off the bat.
  • Marcus Ernst had great at-bats all day, going 3-5 with a home run and a career-high four RBI’s. His average sits at .359 on the year.
  • TJ Brock entered in a crucial situation in the seventh with no outs and two runners in scoring position and proceeded to strike out two while allowing no runs.
  • Mitchell Okuley, Drew Reckart, Archer Brookman, and Dezenzo each had two hits on the day.
  • For Reckart, it was hit third multi-hit game of the season
  • Starter Nate Haberthier went 5.2 innings, allowing just two earned on five hits while striking out four.

How it Happened

After a scoreless first, the Buckeyes jumped ahead with a five-run second inning. Kade Kern led off the frame with an opposite field solo home run just over the wall in the right field corner to score the first run of the contest. Colton Bauer walked and Brent Todys singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Consecutive singles by Mitchell Okuley and Archer Brookman, Okuley’s for an RBI, kept the train moving. With the bases loaded and one out, Marcus Ernst poked a single into center field to drive in two more, and with Trey Lipsey up shortly after, a wild pickoff attempt allowed Brookman to scamper home and make it 5-0 Buckeyes.

Michigan added two runs in the home half of the second on two solo home runs. In the third, Michigan cut the deficit to two runs after a single, a wild pickoff attempt, and a stolen base in succession put a runner on third to be driven on an RBI groundout. That would be the last run that crossed while Nate Haberthier was one the mound; the sophomore put together a solid outing, going 5.2 innings and allowing only two earned runs while striking out four.

Solo home runs by Zach Dezenzo and Marcus Ernst extended the Buckeye lead to 7-3. In the bottom of the seventh. Michigan made it a two-run game with a two-RBI double in the seventh after a leadoff double and a walk, but Ernst’s two-out single in the eighth pushed the lead back to 8-5 Buckeyes.

In the bottom of the eighth, Michigan was hit by a pitch three times, the last of which with the bases loaded to make it 8-6. In the ninth, a two-out walk off of Ethan Hammerberg followed by a two-run home run tied the game and sent it into extra innings. The Buckeyes were held scoreless in the tenth, and in the home half, Michigan loaded the bases with no outs for Clark Elliott, who delivered a walk-off single to give the Wolverines a 9-8 comeback victory.

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Up Next

Game two of the series is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday afternoon. Buckeye lefty Isaiah Coupet will be opposed by Michigan junior right-hander Cameron Weston.

 

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