BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State freshman Isaiah Coupet made his first collegiate start on Monday and pitched really well in a season-high 3.1 innings. Patrick Murphy followed him on the mound with a career-high 4.0 innings of relief. But the Buckeye offense wasn’t able to solve the Indiana hurlers as Ohio State dropped it road finale 2-0.
The Buckeyes (20-19) will now return home to host Northwestern in the final series of the season this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. Friday and Saturday night’s games will be on BTN.
Coupet admitted to a few butterflies prior to his first start but he didn’t any nerves on the mound. The Flossmoor, Ill., native set the first nine Hoosiers down in order, seven via the punchout. He ran into a little trouble in the top of the fourth at IU loaded the bases with no outs, but Murphy came on and limited the damage to just one run. Coupet finished the night allowing just the one on two hits with seven Ks and zero walks.
Murphy then kept it rolling as he pitched four innings of two hit ball, keeping the Buckeyes in the game. Conner Pohl dropped a double inside in the left field line in the second inning but wasn’t able to score. Nick Erwin had the only other hit, a one-out single in the seventh.
Friday night’s first pitch will be at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s game is set for a 7 p.m. start. Northwestern has battled Covid related issues over the last month and will come to Columbus this weekend at 14-19 overall.