COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 10-4, against Northwestern Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Wildcats rallied with four runs in the seventh and five runs in the eighth to claim the sweep. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 16-16 overall and 2-4 in B1G play, while the Wildcats improve to 14-14 overall and 4-2 in conference action.
Smith, from Cincinnati, Ohio, was strong on the mound in his eighth start of the year. He worked a career-high six innings and limited the NU bats to one runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts in a no decision performance.
THREE RUNS IN THE FIRST
Ohio State scored three times in the first vs. NU right-handed starting pitcher Tommy D’Alise. Conner Pohl sent a sac fly to center field to score Dominic Canzone. Dillon Dingler drove in Cherry on a RBI triple into the gap to right center to make it 2-0. Ohio State added a third run when Brent Todys was caught stealing on a first and third situation, but bought enough time in a run down to allow Dingler to touch the plate.
WILDCATS GET ON THE BOARD
David Dunn put Northwestern in the runs column with a lead-off solo homer over the left field wall in the top of the fourth.
The Wildcats scored four runs on four hits against the OSU bullpen to take a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh. With runners on the corners, a sac fly made it a one-run game. A bases-clearing double by Willie Bourbon off right-handed reliever Brady Cherry put the Wildcats on top. Right-handed reliever TJ Brock received the loss to fall to 0-1, allowing three runs on two hits in 0.1 inning of work. Northwestern added five more runs in the eighth.
Ohio State travels to play at Ohio at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio.