May 5, 2022

Buckeyes Top Golden Flashes 8-6

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KENT, OH – In an out-of-conference midweek matchup against head Coach Greg Beals’ alma mater, Ohio State broke open a lead with a big second inning and never trailed in their 8-6 victory over Kent State.  

The Buckeyes climb to 14-26 on the season and 3-13 in Big Ten play. 

Notes 

  • The Buckeyes outhit the Golden Flashes 10-9, four of which came in their four-run second inning.  
  • Marcus Ernst collected three hits, drove in two runs, and scored twice in four at-bats.  
  • Zach Dezenzo and Trey Lipsey each had a hit and two RBI. 
  • Hank Thomas put together a multi-hit game.  
  • Jake Johnson, Nate Karaffa, and Ethan Hammerberg each had scoreless outings out of the bullpen, as Karaffa earned the win and Hammerberg the save.  
  • Mitchell Okuley scored twice and drove in a run.  

How it Happened 

Ohio State jumped to an early lead after just two batters when Marcus Ernst reached on a leadoff single and was driven in by a Zach Dezenzo double. The second inning saw an outburst of scoring when four singles coming from Hank Thoams, Marcus Ernst, Brent Todys, and Trey Lipsey, coupled with a Kent State fielding error, brought the Buckeyes four runs to make it 5-0. Ohio State gained their largest lead of the game in the third, when back-to-back singles from Blayne Robinson and Colton Bauer set up Mitchell Okuley for a sacrifice fly.   

The Golden Flashes cut the lead in half in the third. After three scoreless innings from Buckeye starter Aaron Funk, Kent State’s biggest inning chases the senior righthander out of the game. In the sixth, Okuley scored on a wild pitch after taking a walk earlier in the inning to make it 7-3. Kent State added two more runs in the seventh to make it 7-5, but a scoreless inning in relief by Nate Karaffa held the score.  

Kent State scored in the eighth to draw within one, but an RBI double by Marcus Ernst in the top of the ninth gave the Buckeyes this insurance run they needed. Ethan Hammerberg entered on the mound for bottom nine and was scoreless, recording the save in the 8-6 Buckeye win.  

Up Next 

The Buckeyes travel to Evanston, Illinois for a three game series against Northwestern this weekend. Game One is slated for a 6:05 p.m. start.  

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