COLUMBUS, Ohio – Right-hander Garrett Burhenn had his best start of the young season, striking out nine over seven scoreless innings and the Ohio State hitters had seven extra base hits in an 8-2 win in the home opener vs. Iowa Friday night.
Burhenn was dominant in those seven innings, allowing just three hits with two walks. The nine strikeouts were a season high. He was facing one of the conference’s top starters in Iowa’s Trenton Wallace, who has a win against the Buckeyes already this season. But the Ohio State (7-5) bats knocked him out after just three innings.
Freshman Kade Kern and senior Brent Todys each had a pair of doubles in the game. Kern knocked-in four of the eight runs. Mitchell Okuley slugged his team-high fourth home run of the season.
Kern started the fun in the third as his first double came with bases loaded and two outs. It cleared the bases, scoring a hustling Conner Pohl all the way from first base. The Buckeyes scored another in the fourth as Sam Wilson singled home Todys after he and Ernst led off the inning with back-to-back doubles.
The Buckeyes played long ball and small ball for a pair of runs in the sixth. Okuley led off the inning with a home run to right field. Todys then hit his second double and was sac-bunted to third by Marcus Ernst. Nick Erwin then hit a SAC fly to centerfield to make the score 6-0.
The final two runs came in the 7th when Colton Bauer doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Kern then lined a double down the right field line to score Zach Dezenzo. Iowa got a pair of unearned runs in the ninth to make the final score 8-2.
The two teams will play again tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.