May 27, 2021

Buckeyes Host Northwestern on Final Weekend


Ohio State vs. Northwestern
Game 1
May 28, 2021 | Time: 6:02 p.m. | Watch: BTN | Scoring/Listen
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – Seth Lonsway (R-Jr. | LHP | 3-5 | 3.64 ERA | 64.1 IP | 94 K | 37 BB)
Northwestern – TBA

Game 2
May 29, 2021 | Time: 7:02 p.m. | Watch: BTN | Scoring/Listen
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – Garrett Burhenn (Jr. | RHP | 6-2 | 4.00 ERA | 74.1 IP | 80 K | 26 BB)
Northwestern – TBA

Game 3
May 30, 2021 | Time: 2:05 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Scoring/Listen
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – TBA
Northwestern – TBA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State returns home for the final weekend of the season and will host the Northwestern Wildcats for a three-game series. Friday and Saturday’s games will be televised on BTN beginning at 6:02 p.m. on Friday and 7:02 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday’s game will start at 2:05 p.m. and will serve as Senior Day for the Buckeyes. They will recognize five seniors prior to first pitch.

The Opponent

  • Northwestern comes to Columbus with a 14-19 mark overall and is coming off a series win over Iowa last weekend.
  • Prior to last weekend, the Wildcats were forced to cancel eight games in a 10-game stretch due to Covid related issues.
  • Northwestern leads the conference with 62 home runs as a team and is second in the country in home runs per game at 1.88.
  • Shawn Goosenberg leads the Big Ten in hits per game and is tied for second in home runs with 13.
  • On the mound, the Wildcat staff has struck out the fewest batters in the league at just 6.72 per game and opponents are batting .288 which is the second-highest mark in the conference.

Ohio State Quick Hitters

  • Ohio State enters the weekend at 20-19 overall after going 1-3 at the three-team pod in Bloomington last weekend.
  • The Buckeye pitching staff continues to lead the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.8 which is also 10th nationally.
  • The OSU staff is third in the Big Ten in hits allowed by batter per nine innings (8.19) as well as second in opponent batting average (.241).
  • Seth Lonsway has 94 strikeouts on the season and leads the Big Ten in fewest hits per nine innings at 4.76. That second number is also fifth-best in the country.
  • Garrett Burhenn is coming off his best outing of the season and leads the team with a 6-2 record. He has also pitched a team-high 74.1 innings this season. His six wins are second-most in the conference.
  • Freshman Kade Kern has led the team in hitting all season following his five-hit game in the season-opener. He is batting .340 which is ninth in the conference. Kern has hit safely in 13 of the last 16 games.
  • Kern has 14 multi-hit games and has reached base in 15 of the last 16 games.
  • Brent Todys had his 15-game hitting streak snapped in the opener last weekend. He has hit safely in 17 of the last 19 games and has raised his batting average 71 points over that stretch.
  • Conner Pohl has hit safely in 19 of the last 21 games. He has had a hit in 29 of the 39 games this season. He has reached base in all but three of the games this year.
  • Pohl is second in the conference with 13 home runs, marking his first season with double-digit bombs.

Last Weekend in Bloomington

  • Facing the top two teams in the league, the Buckeyes knew they needed to be on their game.
  • Saturday’s first game against Nebraska started well as OSU raced to a 9-2 lead but Nebraska scored five times in the seventh and then four times in the ninth to steal an 11-9 victory.
  • The Huskers rolled that momentum into Sunday’s game as they scored five runs in the first and cruised to a 9-0 victory.
  • In game two on Sunday vs. Indiana, Buckeye starter Garrett Burhenn turned in perhaps the best performance of his career. He went the distance in a 3-1 victory, claiming his first career complete game. Burhenn struck out 11 batters and never went to a 3-ball count on any hitter.
  • Monday’s finale was a pitcher’s duel. Freshman Isaiah Coupet made his first collegiate start and was sharp. He set the first nine Hoosiers down in order with seven strikeouts. Patrick Murphy came on in relief and threw a career-high four innings while allowing just one run with a career-high four strikeouts. But the Buckeye offense couldn’t muster any runs in a 2-0 loss.
  • Conner Pohl had a pair of home runs and four runs batted in on the weekend.
  • Archer Brookman and Zach Dezenzo each had four hits over the four games.

Buckeyes to Honor Five Seniors Sunday

  • Prior to the game on Sunday, Ohio State will honor five seniors — Joe Gahm, Conner Pohl, Patrick Murphy, Scottie Seymour and Jack Vance.
  • Gahm has appeared in 39 games as a Buckeye and earned his degree in Human Development & Family Science this spring.
  • Pohl has been a mainstay in the Buckeye lineup the last five years. Last weekend he collected his 200th career hit and 100th career walk. He has 29 career home runs which is three away from the Top 10 in program history.
  • Murphy had his best outing as a Buckeye on Monday, going four innings and allowing just one run while striking out a career-high four batters. He completed his master’s degree in Kinesiology this year.
  • Seymour has played in 38 games in his Buckeye career, making 17 starts. He had a triple in his first start this season at Michigan and then followed it with a career-high three-hit game with a double and triple two days later.
  • Vance has pitched in 38 games as a Buckeye, including making 20 starts. He has 97 career strikeouts. Vance graduated this spring with his communications degree.