May 20, 2023

Buckeyes Sweep Michigan, End Season on Nine-Game Winning Streak


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team (31-25, 9-15 Big Ten) defeated Michigan (26-26, 13-11 Big Ten), 7-2, to sweep the season series for the first time since 2016. The Buckeyes won nine straight games to end the 2023 season, which ties the team’s longest win streak since 2009.

Prior to the start of the game, the Buckeyes honored the class of 2023: Joey Aden, Marcus Ernst, Justin Eckhardt, Nick Erwin, Cole Andrews, Wyatt Loncar, Nolan Clegg, Caden Kaiser, Jonah Jenkins, Will Pfennig, Blayne Robinson and Jameson Campbell.

Game Recap

  • Mitchell Okuley walked to lead off the bottom of the second inning and swiped second base. Okuley advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sac fly from Tyler Pettorini to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead.
  • With one out on the board in the bottom of the third, Marcus Ernst doubled to left center. Cole Andrews was next up and he went yard, sending one over the fence in right field to extend the Ohio State lead, 3-0. Henry Kaczmar was the next batter and he also sent one out of the park to put the Buckeyes ahead of the Wolverines, 4-0.
  • Michigan got on the board in the top of the fourth, hitting a two-run homerun to cut the Ohio State lead in half, 4-2.

  • Pettorini and Trey Lipsey both singled in the bottom of the fourth. Matthew Graveline then smoked a single through the left side, driving in one runner to put the Buckeyes ahead by three, 5-2.
  • In the bottom of the seventh, Kaczmar drew a walk to lead off the home half of the seventh. Nick Erwin singled to put two runners on and he and Kaczmar both advanced on a wild pitch. A single up the middle from Caden Kaiser sent both runners home and gave Ohio State the 7-2 advantage.

  • Wyatt Loncar closed out the game for the Buckeyes in the ninth; he struck out two and secured the win for the Buckeyes.

Buckeyes by the Numbers

  • Lipsey and Kaiser led the Buckeyes with two hits each.
  • Andrews and Kaiser each batted in a team-best two runs.
  • Gavin Bruni (5-3) earned the win on the mound. He fanned a career-high 12 batters and gave up just two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings pitched.
  • Josh Timmerman and Loncar each struck out two in relief appearances.