COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State hosted USC Upstate for Game One of their three-game end-of-season series on Thursday night. The home Buckeyes fell in a tight contest 6-5.
The Buckeyes drop to 20-30 on the season, and USC Upstate climbs to 34-19-1.
How It Happened
The Buckeyes took an early lead on a first inning solo home run by freshman Trey Lipsey. After OSU starter Nate Haberthier’s second consecutive scoreless inning to open the game, Mitchell Okuley’s second inning solo shot made it 2-0 Buckeyes. USC Upstate wasted no time in responding, quickly loading the bases on a double and two walks, and then scoring on an error and a fielder’s choice to make it 2-2 in the third.
In the fifth, Blayne Robinson’s towering solo home run, the Buckeyes’ third hit in that fashion in five innings, gave Ohio State a one-run advantage. However, a two-run home run by the Spartans in the top of the sixth gave them their first lead at 4-3. In the seventh, three consecutive singles by USC Upstate led to their fifth run. Nate Haberthier struck out six and allowed four earned runs in his start.
Singles by Okuley, Colton Bauer, and Blayne Robinson loaded the bases for Archer Brookman’s seventh inning sacrifice fly, which scored Okuley and made it 5-4 Spartans. USC Upstate responded with a double and a single in the eighth to increase their lead to two yet again, and the Buckeyes drew within a run once more after Kade Kern’s double off the wall in left set up Brent Todys’ RBI single. Ohio State trailed 6-5 after eight, and were unable to capitalize on Ethan Hammerberg’s gutsy ninth inning performance on the mound. The score held and the Buckeyes ceded Game One.
The Buckeyes finish up their 2022 season on Friday and Saturday, with games at 6:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. each of the next two days. Saturday’s tilt will follow Senior Day festivities, which will take place leading up to first pitch.