February 26, 2022

Ohio State comeback falls short in 8-5 loss to Texas State

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SAN MARCOS, Texas – In the opening innings, it appeared as though Ohio State had finally found a groove offensively, setting the stage for a back-and-forth battle with Texas State in game two of the series. However, Texas State jumped out ahead in the home half of the second inning and never looked back, quelling a Buckeye comeback on their way to a 8-5 win.  

Senior shortstop Zach Dezenzo struck first in the top of the opening frame with a solo home run, his fourth of the season, giving the Buckeyes an early lead. In the bottom of the first, Ohio State starter Nate Haberthier allowed a double and two walks to load the bases, and a one-out sacrifice fly allowed Texas State to tie the game at one apiece.  

In the second inning, Ohio State took the lead again when Trey Lipsey, who reached on a hit by pitch and stole second base, was driven in by a Brent Todys single. The Buckeyes would not lead for long, as Texas State put together their biggest inning of the game in their second at-bat, knocking Haberthier out of the game after only one and two-thirds innings. Back-to-back singles set up Ben McClain for a bases-clearing double that gave the Bobcats a lead they would never relinquish. Haberthier induced a ground ball to get to two outs, but a walk followed by a balk put two runners in scoring position for Texas State. They capitalized on the opportunity, plating two more runs on an RBI single and a wild pitch. Texas State led 5-2 after two innings.  

Both teams were held scoreless until the fifth inning, when Tim Baird, who replaced Haberthier and threw two and two-thirds innings in long relief, allowed back-to-back doubles for his only earned run allowed. Jake Johnson replaced Baird on the mound and gave up a single, followed by a throwing error by catcher Brent Todys that brought in another run and made it a 7-2 game after five innings.  

The score held until the seventh inning when Hank Thomas recorded his third hit of the game, and RBI single that brought in Zach Dezenzo and cut the deficit to four runs. Freshman Gavin Bruni pitched a scoreless seventh, and Ohio State looked poised to make a comeback in the eighth. Brent Todys doubled and was driven in on a single by pinch hitter Colton Bauer and would come around to score on a passed ball later in the inning cut the lead to just two runs.  

Texas State added a run in the eighth after tagging Nate Karaffa for two hits, the last of which was an RBI double that gave the Bobcats a three-run cushion heading into the top of the ninth. After back-to-back strikeouts by Buckeye hitters, Mitchell Okuley singled and advanced to second to put a runner in scoring position. Trey Lipsey lined out to shortstop on the next at-bat to end the game, with Ohio State losing by the final score of 8-5.  

The Buckeyes recorded nine hits, including four for extra bases, but were only able to plate three runs in the loss. With the win, Texas State takes the series, which will conclude with game three slated for a 12:00 p.m. CST / 1:00 EST start on Sunday.  

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