May 1, 2021

Buckeyes Win Again, Beat Purdue 12-2



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State banged out 13 hits for the second consecutive game and took down Purdue 12-2 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium.

The 12 runs were more than enough for Seth Lonsway as the Celina, Ohio native put together another strong, efficient outing. Lonsway went eight innings, allow just two runs on four hits while striking out nine to pick up his third win of the season.

The Buckeye bats were alive again, this time led by Zach Dezenzo and Archer Brookman. Big Z was 3-for-4 with a home run, double and a career-high four runs batted in. Brookman came into the game with just two hits on the season and wouldn’t you know it, he clubbed two home runs and reached base all five times at the plate. Those were his first two home runs as a Buckeye.

Kade Kern had another Kade Kern type of day, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Conner Pohl stroked a double in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games. Catcher Brent Todys waited until his final at-bat to extend his hit-streak as he doubled down the right field line in the eighth inning. He has now hit in a career-best 10-straight.

Purdue actually led 1-0 in the game as the Boilermakers struck for a run in the top of the 3rd. Pohl scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to tie the game and then his two-out double in the fifth gave the Buckeyes the lead for good.

In the sixth inning was where the Buckeyes put the game away. Brookman homered to right center to make the score 3-1 and then after Nick Erwin singled and Mitchell Okuley was hit by a pitch, Dezenzo hit a ball to left that is still in air. It was a bomb, and the route was on.

Purdue inched closer with a solo home run on the top of the 7th but the Buckeyes tallied three more runs in the bottom of the inning on a pair of hits and a Purdue error. Nate Karaffa hit a sac fly in the eighth to score Todys and then Brookman put the icing on the cake with a two-run home run high off the batter’s eye in center.

The Buckeyes will look for the sweep Sunday afternoon as Jack Neely takes the hill for the Buckeyes. He will be opposed by righthander Cory Brooks. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.