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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior right-hander Garrett Burhenn did his thing again and Zach Dezenzo hit his third home run of the weekend to help lift Ohio State past Northwestern Saturday night 4-1 at Bill Davis Stadium.
Burhenn followed his best outing as a Buckeye (21-19) with another brilliant performance. He struck out 11 in six innings while allowing just one run on five hits. In addition to Dezenzo’s blast, Colton Bauer had two hits and two RBI while Mitchell Okuley added two hits and a run scored.
- After scoring a run on a hit-by-pitch in the first, Ohio State pushed the lead to 2-0 on Zach Dezenzo’s solo shot in the fourth.
- The Wildcats got on the board by stringing together a single and a double in the top of the fourth. That cut the lead in half at 2-1.
- In the sixth, Northwestern loaded the bases with no outs. Garrett Burhenn then struck out the next three batters to escape the jam and keep the Buckeyes in front 2-1.
- Colton Bauer stayed hot, delivering a clutch two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to score Marcus Ernst and Brent Todys. That pushed the lead to 4-1 and gave the Buckeyes breathing room.
- TJ Brock shut the door for the second consecutive night, going 1-2-3 in the ninth with a pair of Ks for his ninth save of the season.
- Garrett Burhenn backed up his best outing as a Buckeye with another impressive performance. He went 6.0 innings and allowed just one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts.
- This was the second consecutive outing with a season-high 11 punchouts for Burhenn.
- Buckeye pitchers tallied 17 strikeouts on the night, matching a season-high.
- Dezenzo blasted his third home run of the weekend and now has nine on the year.
- Colton Bauer had another two hits tonight after picking up a Buckeye career-high three hits on Friday night. He’s 5-of-9 with two doubles and three RBI in the two games.
- Graduate student Patrick Murphy worked a scoreless 8th with a pair of strikeouts.
- TJ Brock recorded his ninth save of the year and his second save of the series
- After giving up four runs in his first two collegiate appearances, freshman Ethan Hammerberg has turned in four consecutive scoreless outings, including a scoreless seventh tonight with a pair of strikeouts.
The teams will wrap-up the series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 2:05. BTN Plus will have the coverage. Ohio State will honor it’s five seniors prior to the game – Joe Gahm, Patrick Murphy, Conner Pohl, Scottie Seymour and Jake Vance.