PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Ohio State pitchers Seth Lonsway and Joe Gahm combined to allow just one Rutgers hit on Saturday. But that hit was a two-run home run and the Buckeye offense wasn’t able to push a run across in a 2-0 loss in game two of the three-game weekend series.
The Buckeyes (5-5) will look to salvage the finale on Monday as first pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Lonsway had his best start of the season and was the tough-luck loser. The home run was the only hit and runs he allowed in 7.0 innings. He struck out eight and worked around four walks. Gahm came on and worked a scoreless 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Rutgers starter Ben Wereski was just as good, going 7.1 innings, scattering three hits and striking out four.
At the plate, the Buckeyes had back-to-back one-out singles in both the eighth and ninth innings but were unable to plate a run.
Rutgers’ home run in the first came from Big Ten homerun leader Chris Brito as he struck for the second consecutive game. He hit a two-run shot to right-center to put the Scarlet Knights in front 2-0.
The Buckeyes first hit came in the sixth inning when Colton Bauer singled to center, putting runners on the corners with two outs. Zach Dezenzo followed with a drive to the wall in right where right-fielder Ryan Lasko made a great running catch to end the inning.
Ohio State got back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the eight by Marcus Ernst and Nick Erwin to chase Wereski. Dale Stanavich came on and struck out Wilson before walking Bauer on a nine-pitch at-bat. Dezneno worked the count full and then grounded out to short on a bang-bang play at first.
In the ninth, Kade Kern and Mitchell Okuley both singled to put runners at first and second with one out. Pinch-hitter Brent Todys popped up and Ernst grounded out to end the game.