JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Junior catcher Dillon Dingler went deep three times as the Ohio State baseball team topped North Florida, 10-2, Tuesday night at Harmon Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes move to 6-7 on the year while the Ospreys fall to 3-12.
The Buckeyes conclude their Florida swing with one more game against the Ospreys at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“Dingler had a great ballgame but I liked how everybody played tonight as a team,” Greg Beals, Ohio State head coach, said. “We got good pitching and rolled a couple double-play balls. Our defense was solid, playing without any errors. This was probably the best game we played so far this year but we have to keep it rolling tomorrow and into the weekend.”
HISTORIC NIGHT FOR DINGLER
The Ohio State junior catcher went deep three times against the Ospreys, marking the first time a Buckeye homered three times in a game since Noah McGowan accomplished the feat at Xavier March 19, 2017. Dingler first took North Florida starter Ryan Jean deep to straightaway center to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead in the third. The backstop followed that up with a solo shot off reliever Brandon Reitz off the indoor hitting facility in the sixth before a two-run blast to left center off Rafael Santos capped the scoring in the ninth.
FIVE-RUN SIXTH GIVES BUCKEYES 8-2 LEAD
With one out and after Dingler homered to lead off the sixth, the Buckeyes plated four more runs off Reitz to take a six-run lead. Conner Pohl doubled to left-center before Zach Dezenzo drove him in with a double off the left-field wall. Nate Karaffa followed with a single to advance Dezenzo to third and, on the fourth pitch of a walk to Colton Bauer, Dezenzo scored on a passed ball.
Reitz was able to fan Nolan Clegg for the second out of the inning but Nick Erwin grounded a two-out, two-run single up the middle to score Karaffa and Bauer to make it an 8-2 contest.
THREE BUCKEYES LIMIT OSPREYS
Sophomore left-hander Mitch Milheim, making his first start of the season and second of his career, allowed a run in the first and a run in the fifth, striking out three and allowing four hits in a career-high 4.1 innings pitched. Freshman right-hander Wyatt Loncar came on in relief, fanning three in 2.2 innings for his first career-win before fellow freshman right-hander Ethan Hammerberg finished it off by striking out four in 2.0 scoreless frames.
– Dingler notched his team-high fourth multi-hit game of the year and extended his hitting streak to a team-high six games while Erwin posted his first multi-hit game of the season and fourth three-hit game of the year.
– Pohl extended his reached-base streak to a team-high 12 games.
– Milheim tossed a career-best 4.1 innings.
– The Buckeyes improved to 11-3 all-time against the Ospreys.
– Ohio State turned a pair of double plays for the third time this season.