CLEARWATER, Fla. – No. 13 Ohio State moved to 5-0 on the season with a 10-2 win over Notre Dame Saturday evening in Clearwater.
Right-hander Dean Wolosiansky picked up the win, going six innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs while fanning three. Michael Stephens was the star at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs scored.
The Buckeyes jumped out to the early 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a pair of Notre Dame errors in the top of the second.
After Notre Dame starter Brian Dupra got a quick first two outs in the third, the Buckeyes used back-to-back doubles by Stephens and Ryan Dew and an RBI single by Brad Hallberg to push the lead to 5-0 after three innings.
Ohio State tacked on three more in the fourth to make it 8-0. After Matt Streng and Tyler Engle singled to lead off the inning, they were both driven in on Cory Kovanda’s triple to right-center. Kovanda was then driven in on a two-out double by Stephens.
The Fighting Irish plated two in the bottom of the fifth and the Buckeyes added one in both the seventh and eighth innings to round out the scoring.
The Buckeyes (5-0) will close out the weekend Sunday in St. Petersburg against Cincinnati. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
– A couple number changes for today’s game. Dean Wolosiansky was number 37 and Ryan Dew was sporting assistant coach Pete Jenkins’ number 33.
– The Buckeyes went seven consecutive innings without having a one, two, three inning with the first and ninth innings being the only two of the game.
– Zach Hurley made the play of the day, throwing out a Notre Dame baserunner at the plate after a single with two down in the eighth.
– A police chase occurred on the freeway behind the right field wall during the eighth inning.
– The game was played at the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Bright House Field. Phenomenal park.