May 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell to Northwestern, 6-3, Thursday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 29-25 on the year, 9-13 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats improve to 18-32, 6-15 in conference play.

The Wildcats took the lead off Ohio State starter Tanner Tully in the top of the first. After Matt Hopfner reached on a double off the glove of Ohio State shortstop Craig Nennig, the Northwestern first baseman was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice by Scott Heelan for the second out of the inning. However, Jack Mitchell followed with a double to center to score Heelan for the 1-0 advantage.

The Buckeyes responded with a run off Northwestern starter Brandon Magallones in the bottom of the inning. With one down Ronnie Dawson and Troy Kuhn each singled before a double steal attempt moved both runners up a base and an error on Northwestern third baseman Joe Hoschelt on the tag of Kuhn allowed Kuhn to score to tie the game at 1-1 after an inning of play.

Ohio State threatened again in the bottom of the second. Jacob Bosiokovic led off the inning with a double down the left-field line before Aaron Gretz reached on an error to put Buckeyes at the corners. Craig Nennig followed with a walk to load the bases before Magallones got Tim Wetzel to pop out and Nick Sergakis to hit into an inning-ending double play to keep the game tied at 1-1.

Northwestern regained the lead in the top of the third when Mitchell took Tully deep to left for a solo home run and a 2-1 lead.

The Wildcats added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth. Walker Moses reached on a leadoff single before an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Jake Straub put runners on first and second with nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt by Cody Stevens moved both runners up a base, Moses scored on a safety squeeze by RJ Watters before a pinch-hit single by Reid Hunter plated Straub to make it a 4-1 game.

The Buckeyes threatened again in the in the bottom of the fourth. With one down, Bosiokovic doubled to left-center but was thrown out at the plate by Moses after a single to right by Gretz as Northwestern preserved the 4-1 lead.

Northwestern tacked on two more in the top of the sixth. Singles by Straub and Stevens put runners on first and second with one down before Tully got Hunter to ground out for the second out of the inning. However, Hopfner followed with a double to right-center to plate a pair and give the Wildcats the 6-1 lead.

The Buckeyes weren’t able to get anything else going against Magallones again until the bottom of the ninth. Josh Dezse led off the inning to chase Magallones before the Wildcats went to Jack Quigley out of the bullpen. Bosiokovic grounded a single back up the middle to score Dezse to make it a 6-2 game before a single by Gretz put runners on first and second with nobody out. A groundout by Nennig moved both runners up a base before a Wetzel sacrifice fly scored Bosiokovic to cut the lead to 6-3. The Wildcats then went to Hoscheit in relief to face Dawson who lifted a fly ball to deep center but it was caught by Watters to end the game and give Northwestern the win.

Bosiokovic finished the game 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Magallones picked up the win, allowing one earned run on seven over 8.0 innings while Tully suffered the loss, allowing six runs, four earned over 6.0 innings.

Ohio State and Northwestern square off at 5 p.m. Friday in the middle game at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Tully did not walk a batter Thursday and has allowed just six walks in 86.1 innings pitched this season. He entered the game second nationally with 0.67 walks per nine innings and 11th with a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
– Thursday marked the first time in Big Ten play Tully did not pitch at least 7.0 innings.
– Bosiokovic picked up his 13th multi-hit game of the season and has three doubles in his last two games.
– Bosiokovic tied his career high with four hits.