COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind three hits from Kade Kern and a solid night on the mound from six Buckeye pitchers, Ohio State took down in-state foe Wright State 7-5 on Tuesday evening at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes improve to 8-11 on the year and will open Big Ten play at Purdue this weekend.
Kern was 3-for-4 on the night with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. It was his first three-hit game of the season and just his second multi-hit game of the year.
Marcus Ernst continued his tremendous season with two more hits, including an RBI double. He is hitting .451 on the year.
Zach Dezenzo and Mitchell Okuley each had two hits on the night.
On the mound, junior Tyler Kean started and went 2.1 scoreless to pick up his first win of the season.
Freshman Jake Johnson continued his stellar start to his career. He came on in the third inning with bases loaded and one out. He induced an inning-ending double-play and then pitched two more scoreless innings. He lowered his season ERA to 0.69 in 13.0 innings of work.
Tim Baird, Trent Jones and Nate Karaffa combined to pitch 3.0 innings and allowed just one earned run. Ethan Hammerberg came on in the ninth and was dominant, needing just nine pitches to record his second save of the season.
The Buckeyes started the scoring in the second as Okuley doubled to leadoff the inning and after a one-out walk to Tyler Pettorini, Kern doubled inside the bag at third. That scored both Okuley and Pettorini all the way from first to put the Buckeyes up 2-0.
Ohio State struck for two more in the fourth inning. Kern singled with two outs and later scored on an Archer Brookman double down the left field line. Brookman then scored on a delayed steal attempt by Ernst and OSU was in front 4-0.
Ernst’s second double of the season in the sixth scored Kern and then after an RBI groundout from Colton Bauer, Dezenzo drove in Ernst with a line-drive single to right and the lead ballooned to 7-0.
Wright State get back into the game in the seventh as the Raiders scored four unearned runs. The big blow was a 2-out, 2-run double from Jay Luikart. The Raiders climbed a run closer in the eighth on another 2-out RBI single.
Hammerberg came on and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to shut the door and earn his second save of the season.