February 19, 2020

Ohio State Baseball Notebook | 2/19/20


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team opened its 137th season with a 2-1 opening weekend this past weekend in southwest Florida. After a 7-3 loss to Saint Joseph’s in the opener Friday in Port Charlotte, the Buckeyes bounced back for a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh Saturday night in North Port before a 10-6 win in 10 innings over Indiana State Sunday in Port Charlotte.

Ohio State travels to No. 21 Georgia Tech for a three-game series starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta.

Redshirt sophomore left-hander Seth Lonsway bounced back from a rocky first inning to strike out 12 in six innings Saturday night against the Panthers. The Celina, Ohio, native allowed one earned run on just one hit against a Pittsburgh lineup that had scored 25 runs in its first two games. Lonsway’s 12 strikeouts tied for the third-most in his career and marked his fifth double-digit strikeout game in 18 career starts. Through the first weekend, Lonsway leads the Big Ten and is tied for eighth nationally in strikeouts.

“I just didn’t have my best stuff early on,” Lonsway said. “I was just happy to settle down and put our team in a good position to win. We got some timely hits and the defense played well behind me.”

Sophomore third baseman Zach Dezenzo led the Buckeye regulars offensively, hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a pair of doubles, including one that gave Ohio State the lead for good in the fourth inning Saturday night, while tallying two multi-hit games. Junior catcher Dillon Dingler hit .364 (4-for-11) with a double and a triple and a team-high .636 slugging percentage. Scottie Seymour, a redshirt junior outfielder, batted .333 (3-for-9), drove in a pair, walked twice, was hit three times and reached base at a .571 clip.

The trio, along with sophomore outfielder Nolan Clegg, hit safely in all three games, while senior shortstop Noah West also reached base safely in all three contests.

Five arms out of the bullpen combined for seven appearances without allowing an earned run. Sophomore right-hander Bayden Root appeared in two games, earning his first-career save with three scoreless innings against Pittsburgh, while tossing four scoreless innings on the weekend, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out seven. Freshman right-hander Wyatt Loncar, sophomore left-hander Mitch Milheim and sophomore right-hander TJ Brock combined for seven innings without surrendering an earned run while allowing three hits and punching out 11, while senior right-hander Joe Gahm tossed an inning over two appearances while not allowing an earned run and striking out three.

Through three games, the Ohio State pitching staff has quieted opposing bats to the tune of a .234 batting average against and a 2.57 earned-run average. Ten Buckeye arms saw time on the mound in the first weekend, combining to strike out 44 batters in 28 innings. The 14.1 strikeouts/per nine innings out of the staff is the best in the Big Ten and third-best nationally. The Buckeyes’ 2.57 ERA is fourth in the conference and their 3.67-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks third in the Big Ten through the opening weekend.