May 15, 2022

Buckeyes Take the Series from Penn State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State bats were on full display and the Buckeye pitchers allowed just three runs in 12 innings as OSU won the final two games to win the three-game series vs. Penn State on Sunday.

Ohio State won the resumption of game two 11-0 and the took the rubber match 12-3 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium.

Zach Dezezno had three home runs on Sunday and drove in eight runs. Ohio State spun its first shutout of the season in game two and then Wyatt Loncar picked up his second win of the year in the series finale, turning in 5.0 solid innings. On the day, Ohio State had 19 hits in the 12 innings.


  • Isaiah Coupet started game two on Saturday night and went 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. He had made just 79 pitches through the six innings.
  • Sophomore Kade Kern hit a pair of doubles in the fourth and fifth innings on Saturday and then had another on Sunday, giving him 14 on the season.
  • Senior Zach Dezenzo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games as he did it early in both games. He had a single in the first inning on Saturday and homered in the first on Sunday.
  • Dezenzo had a three-run home run in the bottom of sixth of game two, a two-run homer in the first in game three and a three-run shot in the second inning. He had four home runs in the series, giving home 17 for the for the season and 36 for his career. He is now fourth in program history, passing Nick Swisher (2000-02) and Brian Mannino (1992-95) who each hit 35 home runs.
  • Archer Brookman had a hit in all three games to push his season-high hitting streak to eight games.
  • Marcus Ernst hit his third home run of the season in game three. He finished the day 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.
  • Wyatt Loncar recorded his fourth-consecutive Big Ten start of 5.0 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out eight. He improved his record to 2-4 on the season.
  • The 11-0 win in game two was the first shutout of the season for Ohio State and the first since a 7-0 win on April 24 of last season against Penn State.
  • The top six hitters in the Buckeye lineup in game two all had two hits


Game 2 How It Happened

Both pitchers rolled through the first three innings. Kade Kern doubled into the left-center field gap in the fourth and later scored on a Colton Bauer 2-out RBI single. With two runners on in the fifth, Kern doubled again, this time into right-center, scoring both runs to push the lead to 3-0.

The skies opened up and the game was suspended at 4:42 p.m. on Saturday evening and was resumed at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. After the resumption, Ohio State scored four runs in the sixth inning to break the game open. Three of those runs came on a three-run home run from Dezenzo. The Buckeyes scored three more times in the seventh and another in the eighth to make the score 11-0. Nata Karaffa pitched the seventh and eighth and Trent Jones finished the game in the ninth for the Buckeyes’ first shutout of the season.

Game 3 How It Happened

After Penn State scored two runs in the top of the first, Zach Dezenzo went to work. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning and then followed with a three-run shot in the third to stake the Buckeyes to a 5-2 lead.

Ohio State scored four more times in the third as Archer Brookman had a two-run double and Marcus Ernst followed one batter later with his third homer of the season.

Penn State added a run in the sixth but that was its last run of the day. The Buckeyes pushed the final three runs across in the eighth on four hits. Trey Lipsey had a triple, Kern scored him with a double and he then scored on a Todys single. The last run came on a bases loaded walk.


Up Next

The Buckeyes have completed Big Ten play and will play four non-conference games next week. The first game will be against Cincinnati on Tuesday night and then OSU will host a three-game series against USC Upstate on Thursday through Saturday.