COLUMBUS, Ohio – Penn State scored multiple runs in four innings and received a fine relief pitching performance to win the third and final game of this three-game series with Ohio State, 10-6. Ohio State is now 15-13 on the season while Penn State improves to 9-18.
Ohio State was seeking a second consecutive sweep of a Big Ten series after defeating Indiana all four games three weeks ago at Bill Davis Stadium. Penn State, which had been beaten 11-6 and 7-0 by Ohio State Friday and Saturday, took the lead for good in the seventh inning, 8-6 and added two insurance runs in support of reliever Mason Mellott, who pitched 4.0 innings of two-hit, shutout baseball to get the win and even his record at 5-5.
Ohio State starter Jack Neely went 4.2 innings and gave up three earned runs while striking out 10. Ohio State had a fresh bullpen, thanks to two strong seven-inning stints from Friday and Saturday starters Garrett Burhenn and Seth Lonsway, but Penn State was advantageous against six Buckeye relievers with 10 hits and six earned runs combined. Freshman Isaiah Coupet took the loss and is now 2-3.
The game featured six ties and lead changes. Penn State struck first with three runs in the top of the third off Neely, with Gavin Homer doubling home Curtis Robison and then Tayven Kelley hitting a two-run home run for the 3-0 lead.
Ohio State came right back in its half of the fourth, scoring five times to take a 5-3 lead. Conner Pohl hit a two-run home run to right center field – his eighth of the year – and then three batters later Nate Karaffa hit his first home run of the season, a three-run bomb to left.
The Nittany Lions regained the lead with three two-out runs in the top half of the sixth but Ohio State didn’t trial for long: Todys, who had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI to lead Ohio State, led off the bottom of the sixth with his second home run of the season.
Another multi-run inning followed for Penn State in the top of the seventh and the Nittany Lions regained the lead at 8-6 before adding their final two runs in the ninth.
Kade Kern had two hits for the Buckeyes, as did Karaffa, who led the way with three RBI.
Ohio State hosts Purdue next weekend in a three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes are 8-3 at home this season.