KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Ohio State had won the first 16 games in the series with Marshall, but the Thundering Herd has now won two consecutive after its 17-1 win over the Buckeyes in an early Saturday morning game on a gray and chilly day in Tennessee. Marshall improves to 6-5 with the win while No. 17 Ohio State drops to 8-3.

Marshall stopped its streak of losses to the Buckeyes last year in Columbus with a 14-3 win. Today, once the Herd got going, there was no stopping them as their second win in succession over the Buckeyes included 19 hits with four Marshall players getting three hits apiece and three driving in and scoring three runs apiece, respectively. Victor Gomez and Kurt Lipton, the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in the lineup, lead the charge.

This game wasn’t supposed to end this way…at least on paper. Ohio State came in hitting .367 as a team and averaging 10.6 runs per game and Marshall starting pitcher Ian Kadish had a 9.49 earned run average and an 0-2 record with 12.1 innings pitched and three appearances.

Kadish got the better of the Buckeyes, though, throwing a career-high 6.0 innings while scattering seven hits – all singles – with just one walk and two strikeouts. He also benefited from a huge Marshall third inning with the Herd exploding for eight runs off seven hits and one error to jump out to an 8-0 lead.

Ohio State starter Dean Wolosiansky (1-2) matched a season’s best with 6.1 innings pitched and, outside of the third inning, pitched well with four 1-2-3 innings and another four-batter inning until he was relieved in the seventh with one out by Jared Strayer, who finished the game. Wolosiansky ended up allowing 11 hits and eight earned runs while walking three and striking out three.

Marshall scored three in the seventh, four in the eighth and two more in the ninth for its final score. Ohio State’s only run was scored on a third-inning sacrifice fly by Michael Stephens.

Ohio State will play two on Sunday – weather permitting – before flying back to Columbus. The team will play UConn at 10 a.m. and then close out its Arby’s Classic weekend with a game against Tennessee following the UConn game. Freshman Brett McKinney is expected to start against UConn with Alex Wimmers getting the start vs. Tennessee.

Notes & Random Thoughts from Knoxville…

  • Twenty-four of the 26 hits in the game were singles.
  • The only two extra-base hits were a double in Marshall’s eight-run third and a home run in its four-run eighth.
  • Cory Kovanda had two of Ohio State’s seven hits.
  • After allowing more than four runs just once in the team’s first six games, Ohio State’s opponents have scored 12, 8, 9, 10, 8 and 17 runs in the last six games.
  • A single in the fifth extended Michael Stephens’ hitting streak to eight games. He has a hit in every game he has played in this season.
  • After Marshall scored eight in the third, Ohio State came back in the bottom half of the inning to load the bases with nobody out. But all the team could manage in the inning was one run on a sacrifice fly.
  • Marshall pitchers retired 13 of the final 14 hitters they faced.
  • The game featured a couple stalwart, junior catchers: Ohio State’s Dan Burkhart and Marshall’s Victor Gomez. Both are on the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award. Burkhart entered the game hitting .371 with Gomez at .325. Both also entered with 13 hits, three doubles and eight RBI.