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DeLAND, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team plated seven runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 13-1 win over Harvard Saturday afternoon at Melching Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 4-7 on the year while the Crimson fall to 0-5.
The Buckeyes conclude the weekend against Fairfield at 7 p.m. Sunday in DeLand. Junior left-hander Griffan Smith (0-1, 4.42 ERA) is slated to get the ball for the Buckeyes against Fairfield sophomore left-hander Michael Sansone (0-2, 7.27).
QUOTE FROM COACH
“We attacked the ballgame today,” Greg Beals, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had the mindset of going out and taking care of business. We didn’t play very well last night and the guys responded really well today. Our team needed a ballgame like that to get some confidence so we can get things going.”
POHL GETS BUCKEYES STARTED
Ohio State wasted no time jumping on Harvard right-hander Owen Holt, taking a 2-0 lead after one. With two out, Holt walked Brent Todys and Conner Pohl followed with a two-run shot to right for his first long ball of the year.
OHIO STATE BREAKS THINGS OPEN WITH FIVE-RUN SECOND
The Buckeyes then added five in the second. Colton Bauer reached on a fielder’s choice before Nolan Clegg followed with a double to right and a Nate Karaffa singled to center to score Bauer and Clegg to make it 4-0. After Mitchell Okuley walked, Dingler doubled to deep right-center to plate Karaffa and Todys singled to left to score Okuley and Dingler for the 7-0 Buckeye advantage
DINGLER LINES TWO-RUN LONG BALL TO LEFT IN THE FOURTH
Dingler launched his first home run of the season in the fourth inning off Harvard reliever JT Bernard, lining a two-run shot into the teeth of the wind in left to make it a 9-0 contest.
BUCKEYES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CRIMSON MISCUES TO TACK ON FOUR IN FIFTH
After Karaffa singled up the middle off Bernard with one down in the fifth, Ohio State took advantage of a pair of Harvard errors to go along with two walks and two hit batters to push the lead up to 13-1 after five.
BURHENN TERRIFIC ON THE MOUND
Ohio State sophomore right-hander Garrett Burhenn was phenomenal on the mound in picking up his second win of the season. After allowing a run in the second, Burhenn went on to retire 10 of the next 11, including fanning six in a row at one point, in his longest outing of the year. The Indianapolis native finished the day allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out a career-best 13 in 7.0 innings. Burhenn threw 64 of his 84 pitches for strikes and did not walk a batter.
“I still need to work on my fastball command but the slider was working really well today,” Burhenn said. “The changeup worked when I needed it to and overall it was a good outing but I still have a lot to work on.”
KEAN, HAMMERBERG CLOSE IT OUT
Freshman right-hander Tyler Kean made his first collegiate appearance, striking out a batter in a scoreless eighth, while fellow freshman right-hander Ethan Hammerberg stuck out the side in a scoreless ninth.
– Six Buckeyes recorded multi-hit games while four tallied multi-RBI games.
– Pohl extended his reached-base streak to a team-high 10 games.
– Dingler registered his team-high third multi-hit game of the year.
– Karaffa notched a career-high three hits.
– Clegg posted his first multi-hit game of the year and, a night after recording his first double of the year, doubled twice against the Crimson.
– Pohl and Dingler each hit their first home runs of the year. The long ball was the 16th of Pohl’s career and Dingler’s marked the eighth of his career.
– Okuley and Dingler each crossed home plate three times, the most of any Buckeye this season.
– Burhenn’s 13 strikeouts were a career high and tied for the most in a game by any Buckeye this season.
– The three Buckeye pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts, marking Ohio State’s ninth double-digit strikeout game in 11 contests this season.