WILMINGTON, N.C. – Ohio State needed a win in game four of their weekend series with UNC Wilmington to tie at two games apiece after being shut out in a low-scoring affair on Saturday. The Buckeyes were held scoreless until the seventh inning and were unable to mount a comeback in a 7-2 loss to the Seahawks, falling in the series 3-1.
Buckeye starter Wyatt Loncar had a solid outing on the mound but ended up taking the loss, allowing three earned runs in six innings. Loncar let up one run each in the second, third, and fifth innings, and struck out eight batters while walking only two.
Ohio State was kept off the board until the seventh inning by UNC Wilmington starter Cyle Phelan. The freshman allowed just three hits and one earned run. He was knocked out of the game in the seventh inning with two outs after a Tyler Pettorini double. Kade Kern drove Pettorini in on a single to center field off of the UNC Wilmington reliever, but that would be that only damage the Buckeyes would manage in that inning.
Nate Karaffa and TJ Brock entered in relief and allowed four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, extending the UNC Wilmington lead to six runs. In the Buckeyes last at-bat, Brent Todys led the inning off with a solo home run, and Tyler Pettorini singled in the next at-bat to start a comeback with no outs. However, UNC Wilmington switched pitchers and closed out the game with three straight outs to cap off the 7-2 victory.
Ohio State falls to 7-11 on the season. The Buckeyes will travel to West Lafayette, Indiana for a three-game series with Purdue that starts on Friday.