COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 9-5, against Cincinnati Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. UC right-handed starter David Orndoff limited the OSU bats to three runs on three hits in six innings of work to improve to 1-1. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 16-13 overall and the Bearcats improve to 11-16 in 2019.
BEARCATS JUMP OUT ON TOP
Cincinnati scored six times on just two hits vs. Ohio State right-handed starting pitcher Jake Vance. The Bearcats drew five walks and also had one hit by pitch. Jace Mercer had a two-run single in the top of the second. An infield single, wild pitch and sac fly made it 6-0.
BUCKEYES CUT THE SCORE IN HALF
Ohio State battled back in the third with three runs on two hits against Orndoff. The first two reached safely when Brent Todys drew a lead-off walk and Ridge Winand singled through the right side. Dominic Canzone then ripped an opposite field RBI double to score the first run. A RBI ground out by Kobie Foppe and sac fly by Brady Cherry made it a 6-3 contest.
BEARCATS ADD ON
However, Cincinnati scored a run in the fourth on a wild pitch before a throwing error and RBI single in the seventh pushed the UC lead to six runs, 9-3. Ohio State scored a pair of runs in the eighth on a sac fly by Conner Pohl and bases-loaded walk to Marcus Ernst.
ON THE MOUND
Vance allowed six runs on two hits with five walks and one walk and drops to 2-2. Right-handed reliever TJ Brock threw a season-high 3.2 innings and limited UC to one run with two walks and two strikeouts. Left-handed reliever Mitch Milheim gave up one run one hit with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning pitched 0.2 innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Joe Gahm pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
Ohio State opens its Big Ten home schedule with a three-game series vs. Northwestern Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.