May 23, 2021

Buckeyes Split a Pair Behind Burhenn’s Gem

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State junior Garrett Burhenn delivered his best performance of the season, and maybe his career, just when the Buckeyes needed it. After a game one loss to Nebraska, Burhenn shut Indiana down in a 3-1 complete game victory to give the Buckeyes a split on Saturday in Bloomington.

OSU (20-18) lost 9-0 in game one and needed some sort of shot in the arm. Burhenn certainly gave them that, and then some. The Indianapolis native turned in his first career complete game, going all nine innings and allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out a season-high 10 batters. What was perhaps the most eye-popping stat of the game was that Burhenn never got to a three-ball count on any hitter.

Burhenn is now 5-0 all-time against Indiana and Purdue, including 4-0 this season with a pair of wins over each team. As a team, the Buckeyes have won all five meetings this year against the Hoosiers, picking right up from their four-game sweep in Columbus at the beginning of April.

Two batters into the bottom of the first, Indiana took a 1-0 lead as the leadoff hitter doubled and then one batter later, scored as Zach Dezenzo’s throw to first got past Conner Pohl. That would be the Hoosiers lone creditable threat of the game.

Pohl followed with his team-leading 12th home run of the season in the top of the second to tie the game off Indiana ace Gabe Bierman. The score stayed tied until the fifth when senior catcher Brent Todys came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. He came through with a two-run single up the middle to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead.

Burhenn would make that hold up as he retired 12 of the next 13 hitters to take a 3-1 lead into the ninth. The first batter of the ninth smoked a line drive up the middle that hit Burhenn square in the side of the head. Seemingly unfazed, Burhenn stayed in the game and finished-off the Hoosiers, striking out the final two hitters.

Archer Brookman led the team with two hits in the night cap and also had one of the five hits in game one. He was 3-for-7 on the day with a double. Todys and freshman Kade Kern also collected a hit in each game. For Todys, he had his career-high 15-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday afternoon, but his two hits today give him a hit in 17 of the last 18 games.

In game one, Nebraska kept the momentum from its late-inning rally on Saturday and scored five times in the bottom of the first. That seemed to take the life out of the Buckeyes and they were never able to mount anything in the 9-0 loss.

The final game of this four-game weekend series in Bloomington will come on Monday evening against the Hoosiers. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and BTN will have the coverage. Ohio State sends senior left-hander Griffan Smith to the mound for his second start of the season.

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