MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a doubleheader against Minnesota Sunday at Siebert Field. The Golden Gophers won game one, 11-2, and took game two, 3-2. With the series sweep, Minnesota improves to 21-23 overall and 11-7 in B1G play, while the Buckeyes fall to 24-23 overall and 7-11 in conference action.
GAME 1: OHIO STATE 2, MINNESOTA 11
The Minnesota staff limited the OSU bats to a combined three hits as Sam Thoresen tossed six innings on one hit with six strikeouts to improve to 4-3, while Patrick Frederickson worked 2.1 scoreless innings of relief as the Golden Gophers to an 11-2 win in game one of the doubleheader. The Gopher bats collected seven extra-base hits in the victory.
BUCKEYES SCORE FIRST
Ohio State plated an unearned run in the opening frame vs. Gopher right-handed Sam Thoresen. Dominic Canzone scored on a fielder’s choice by Conner Pohl. The Gophers made two throwing errors in the frame. Ohio State left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway loaded the bases, but struck out the side to keep it a 1-0 lead in the bottom. Lonsway stranded two runners in the second with back-to-back strikeouts and had eight strikeouts through three innings vs. the Gophers.
WALKS BITE THE BUCKS, GOPHERS GRAB THE LEAD
Minnesota grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third with two runs on one hit and four walks. A RBI double by Easton Bertrand made it 1-1 before a bases-loaded walk allowed the go-ahead run to touch home plate. The Golden Gophers drew eight walks but stranded eight runners through three frames.
HOMER FOR THE GOPHERS
After a lead-off walk, Eduardo Estrada knocked a two-run homer over the fence in left to end Lonsway’s day on the bump. Lonsway finished with a line of four hits, four runs, four earned, eight walks and eight strikeouts in three innings of work.
RUN IN THE SIXTH
Right-handed reliever TJ Brock retired three straight hitters to end the fourth and hung a zero in the fifth. The Buckeyes got back on the board in top of the sixth when Brent Todys sent a sac fly to deep left to push Brady Cherry around. Nick Erwin made a great diving grab on a screamer down the line to start a double play that ended the sixth.
MORE HOMERS FOR MINNESOTA
Jordan Kozicky hit a lead-off solo homer to begin the bottom of the seventh. Andrew Wilhite busted the door open with a one-out, two-run shot to right to make it 7-2. Brock pitched very admirably on the mound despite allowing seven runs. He gave the Buckeye bullpen 4.2 innings of relief with three strikeouts and one walk. Joe Gahm retired the final out of the eighth.
GAME 1 NOTES
GAME 2: OHIO STATE 2, MINNESOTA 3
Ohio State starting pitcher Griffan Smith received a tough-luck loss in the series finale. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Riley Smith hit a bloop double that fell just inside the right field line to score the eventual game-winning run. Smith struck out eight and only walked one in eight innings of work but falls to 5-3 in 2019.
SOLO HOMER FOR MINNESOTA
Estrada homered off Smith on a 2-2 count in the bottom of the first to give Minnesota an early 1-0 lead.
SCOTTIE BALL GAME
Redshirt sophomore Scottie Seymour got the nod by Coach Beals to start at second base in game two and took advantage of the opportunity right out of the gate. He hit a two-run double off Minnesota starting pitcher Joshua Culliver to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead.
MINNESOTA TIES IT
The Gophers hit their fifth homer of the doubleheader in the bottom of the second with a solo shot over the left field wall by Kozicky.
GAME 2 NOTES
Five Baseball Buckeyes received their degrees from The Ohio State University today: Brady Cherry (sport industry), Andrew Fishel (finance), Kobie Foppe (sport industry), Nate Romans (operations management) and Thomas Waning (operations management).
Ohio State concludes the 2019 home schedule with a four-game homestand next week. The Buckeyes welcome Wright State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be televised live on BTN and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN. The Buckeyes will then host Penn State Friday-Sunday in Columbus. Senior Day is set for Sunday vs. the Nittany Lions.