April 9, 2021

Buckeyes Stay Scarlet Hot, Beat Michigan 7-4



ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ohio State scored five unanswered runs to come back and beat Michigan 7-4 in game one of a huge weekend series in Ann Arbor on Friday afternoon.

The Buckeyes slugged 13 hits on their way to a fifth consecutive victory. OSU is now 13-7 on the season and pull even with Michigan for second place in the Big Ten standings.

“We’ve got some tough guys that just keep battling,” said Brent Todys. “We’re never going to be the team that just goes away. 1-9 we have guys that can get a big hit. We kept fighting today and we’re having some fun right now.”

Michigan held a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning before the Buckeyes struck for two runs to tie the game. A two-run Michigan homer in the bottom of the sixth again put UM in front by two but the Buckeyes rallied for three in the seventh and tacked on another two insurance runs in the ninth to take game one.

All nine Buckeye starters reached base in the game and Ohio State had runners in scoring position in seven of the nine innings. The 13 hits were tied for the second most in a game this season

Catcher Brent Todys was 2-for-4 at the plate and led the team with three RBI. He had the go ahead two-run single in the seventh and then delivered another RBI on a sac bunt in the ninth.

Conner Pohl also had two hits and a pair of RBI while freshman Kade Kern continued to rake, collecting three hits, including a double, to go along with a run batted in.

In total, five different Buckeyes had multi-hit games as Sam Wilson and Colton Bauer also had a pair of hits.

On the mound, Garrett Burhenn started and went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and striking out six. Joe Gahm came out of the pen and did his thing, getting the final out of the sixth and would go on to get his first win of the season and the second of his career. Gahm has made a team-high tying nine appearances and has yet to allow a run in 4.1 innings.

The star on the mound Friday was Patrick Murphy. He came on and worked a scoreless seventh and eighth inning. His shutdown inning in the seventh after the Buckeyes rallied to take the lead in the top of the inning was a big point in the game.

TJ Brock then came on and closed the door in the ninth, recording his Big Ten leading seventh save of the season.

Michigan threatened in the first but a couple of Burhenn strikeouts ended the threat. In the second, the first two Wolverines reached base and runners were on the corners with nobody out. Burhenn again got a strikeout and picked the runner off first for two quick outs. But a two-out single to center by Tito Flores gave Michigan a 1-0 lead.

Flores struck again in the fourth with another two-out RBI single to push the lead 2-0. OSU left-fielder Scottie Seymour led off the fifth inning with a triple to right center, the first of his career. He scored a batter later on a groundout up the middle by Nick Erwin.

But the Buckeyes weren’t done in the fifth. Three singles from Wilson, Zach Dezenzo and Kern produced another run and the game was tied 2-2 at the halfway point.

With two outs in sixth, Flores came to the plate again with a runner at second. And he again delivered. This time with a two-run home run to left to again put Michigan in front 4-2.

The Buckeyes scored three times in the top of the seventh to take their first lead of the game. Pohl single to right to score Mitchell Okuley and cut the lead to 4-3. After a walk to Bauer, Todys came through with a two-out, two-run single to right. Those were Todys’ second and third RBI of the season.

In the ninth, Dezenzo walked and Kern singled to start the inning and then Pohl came through with another solid single to right to score Dezenzo. With one out, Todys laid down a perfect bunt on a safety squeeze to bring in Kern. Those were two huge insurance runs and made the ninth inning a little easier for Brock.

Start time for game two on Saturday has been pushed up to Noon as rain is expected later in the day.