March 6, 2020

Buckeyes Open Weekend with Loss at Stetson

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DeLAND, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team fell to Stetson, 9-1, Friday night at Melching Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 3-7 on the year while the Hatters improve to 10-2.

The Buckeyes take on Harvard at noon Saturday in DeLand. Sophomore right-hander Garrett Burhenn will go for the Buckeyes against Harvard sophomore right-hander Owen Holt.

HATTERS STRIKE FIRST AGAINST LONSWAY
After Ohio State starter Seth Lonsway walked the bases loaded with one down but was able to get out of the jam in the first, Stetson plated a pair in the second and third innings. In the bottom of the second, a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases with nobody out before the Buckeye left-hander was able to get Andrew MacNeil swinging. However, Jake Murphy followed with a walk to score Kyle Ball before a wild pitch plated Christian Pregent for the 2-0 advantage.

A single and a walk led off the third for the Hatters and, after Lonsway was lifted for right-hander Joe Gahm, both baserunners came around to score on a on an infield single and then a first and third play with two down.

BUCKEYES GET ON THE BOARD IN THE FIFTH
After Stetson added another in the bottom of the fourth, Ohio State was able to get to Stetson right-hander Robbie Peto in the top of the fifth. With two down, Matt Carpenter walked and Mitchell Okuley lined a 1-2 pitch off the wall in right field for his first-career triple to plate Carpenter with the Buckeyes’ first run of the game.

OHIO STATE UNABLE TO GET THINGS GOING AGAINST STETSON ARMS
Peto allowed just the one earned run while striking out 11 in six innings to get the win. Danny Garcia then tossed two scoreless innings and Nick Long pitched a scoreless ninth to finish it.

Notes
– Conner Pohl extended his reached-base streak to a team-high nine games with an eighth-inning single.
– Dillon Dingler notched his second multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-3 with a double.
– Nolan Clegg notched his first double of the season in the ninth inning
– The fifth-inning triple was the first of Okuley’s career and the second by a Buckeye this season.