May 16, 2019

Buckeyes Shut Out Purdue, 7-0, Thursday Night


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Freshman right-handed pitcher Garrett Burhenn worked eight scoreless innings on the mound, while the Buckeyes launched three homers in a 7-0 win over Purdue Thursday night at Alexander Field. At the dish, Dillon Dingler, Brent Todys and Brady Cherry each homered in the big road win. The Buckeyes improve to 29-24 overall and 10-12 in Big Ten play, while the Boilermakers fall to 20-32 overall and 7-14 in conference action.

“We only gave up three free bases tonight and Garrett was really good,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He was pounding the fastball to both sides of the plate and mixed in his changeup and slider to keep them honest. Our infield defense was really good tonight. We played clean and turned some double plays up the middle. I really liked how our infield performed in a big win for our team.”

The OSU captain catcher gave the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a solo shot over the wall in left vs. Purdue right-handed starting pitcher Trent Johnson. It was the first homer by Dingler this season.

Todys, from Westerville, Ohio, launched a solo shot over the left field wall in the seventh to double the Buckeye lead, 2-0. The Buckeyes added three more runs in the eighth when Brady Cherry, a native of Pendleton, Ind., crushed a 3-2 pitch off Johnson over the wall in left to make it 5-0 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. Dominic Canzone drove in the teams sixth run on a RBI single and Cherry made it 7-0 on a RBI single in the ninth.

Both starting pitchers went deep into the game tonight. Burhenn, from Indianapolis, Ind., went eight strong innings and limited the Purdue bats to six hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Johnson went 7.1 innings and gave up a season-high five runs, five earned, on two walks and seven strikeouts. Freshman right-handed reliever TJ Brock tossed a scoreless ninth for the Scarlet and Gray.

Ohio State and Purdue meet at 6 p.m. Friday at Alexander Field. Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway (6-4, 4.35 ERA) is on the mound for the Buckeyes, while senior left-handed pitcher Patrick J. Smith is on the bump for the Boilermakers (4-3, 4.42 ERA). The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and can be heard on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN.


  • Ohio State is 9-1 all-time at Alexander Field.
  • The OSU pitching staff struck out six tonight and now has 482 strikeouts on the year. The team is 13 strikeout away from tying the OSU single-season strikeout record set in 2016 (495).
  • With a lead-off single in the eighth, Dominic Canzone extended his reached base streak to 49 games. He is two games away from shying Nick Swisher’s record 51 set in 2002. He also extended his hit streak to seven games.
  • The Buckeyes turned two double plays this evening.
  • Dingler hit his first homer of the season tonight vs. the Boilermakers.
  • Dingler extended his reached base streak to 29 games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: 5.
  • Carpenter hit his sixth double of the year to begin the sixth.
  • The Buckeyes have homered in three straight games. The three homers tonight was the most by an opponent at Alexander Field this year.
  • Todys launched his seventh homer of the year in the eighth.
  • Purdue’s Trent Johnson allowed a season-high five earned runs vs. the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Cherry hit his 13th homer of the season and 24th homer of his career.
  • Canzone leads the team with 23 multi-hit games.
  • Dingler tied his career-high with three hits.