April 23, 2021

Buckeyes Score Early and Often in 11-6 Win over Penn State



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored in seven of the eight innings and slugged three home runs in Friday night’s 11-6 series opening victory over Penn State.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Buckeyes who are now 14-12 on the season. Penn State falls for the fifth-consecutive game and is now 8-17 on the year.

Eight of the nine Buckeye batters recorded a hit in the game and four players had multi-hit games. Zach Dezenzo, Kade Kern and Sam Wilson all hit solo home runs on the night and each collected a pair of hits. Nick Erwin broke out of an 0-for-19 skid with two hits and two runs batted in.

For Dezenzo, he has now reached base in each of the last 13 games, which is the longest streak of his career. Conner Pohl had a ringing double in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

Catcher Brent Todys collected a hit and an RBI in the eight inning to extend his career-long hitting streak to six games.

Garrett Burhenn started and picked-up his third win of the season. He went seven innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out seven and only walking one. Griffan Smith worked a scoreless eighth inning and TJ Brock finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

Ohio State played long ball early as Dezenzo homered on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first and then Wilson hit a no-doubter to left center in the second. Those bombs staked the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead.

Penn State loaded the bases with no outs in the third on a single and two hit batters. Burhenn got a strikeout and then a pop-out but Johnny Piacentino followed with a two-out grand slam to center. The Buckeyes answered right back with another solo shot in the third, this one off the bat of Kern, and Ohio State trailed 4-3 after three.

Ohio State kept the scoring going in the fourth as Wilson walked and later scored on a two-out single by Erwin. Each team scored in the fifth as Penn State got a leadoff home run and the Buckeyes got a run across on a wild pitch that scored Pohl.

The Buckeyes then took the lead for good lead thanks to a pair of bases loaded walks in the sixth by Pohl and Todys. Penn State got a run back in the seventh with a triple and a sacrifice fly but the Buckeyes would put the game away with a four-run eighth. They had three hits in the inning but also took advantage of an error and three walks.

The teams will play game two of the series Saturday afternoon. First pitch was moved up to 12:05 p.m. because of the threat of inclement weather later in the afternoon.