ATLANTA, Ga. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 21 Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 2-3 on the year while the Yellow Jackets improve to 5-1.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium. Left-hander Griffan Smith (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will get the ball for Ohio State against Georgia Tech right-hander Zach Maxwell (0-0, 0.00).
QUOTE FROM COACH
“Some of our miscues proved to be very damaging today,” Greg Beals, Ohio State head coach, said. “We let our pitching down. We pitched it well enough to win today but we need to support our staff better than we did today and better than we have through this point in the season.”
BUCKEYES STRIKE FIRST
Archer Brookman and Sam Wilson opened the inning with walks off Georgia Tech starter Cort Roedig before a Nolan Clegg sacrifice bunt moved both runners up with one down. Scottie Seymour then plated Brookman with a groundout to first as the Buckeyes took the 1-0 lead.
TECH ANSWERS OFF OHIO STATE MISCUE
A walk, a single and a hit batter loaded the bases against Buckeye left-hander Seth Lonsway with two down in the third. Baron Radcliff followed with a line drive to center that glanced off the glove of Clegg as Colin Hall and Austin Wilhite came around to score a pair of unearned runs. A Lonsway wild pitch then scored Michael Guldberg from third to make it 3-1 Yellow Jackets after three.
YELLOW JACKETS ADD ANOTHER IN THE FIFTH
After Lonsway struck out the first two batters of the fifth, Hall doubled to right-center, Guldberg was hit by a pitch and then Radcliff singled into right to score Hall to push the Georgia Tech lead to 4-1.
TEAMS EXCHANGE RUNS IN THE SEVENTH
With reliever Andy Archer on the mound, back-to-back errors put Buckeyes on the corners with nobody out before a sacrifice fly by Clegg scored Matt Carpenter, who pinch-ran for Brookman, to make it a 4-2 game. However, Archer induced an inning-double play by Scottie Seymour to keep it a two-run contest. However, the Yellow Jackets answered back to plate an unearned run in the bottom half to again make it a three-run game.
LONSWAY FANS 12…AGAIN
Lonsway suffered the tough-luck loss but pitched very well once again. The redshirt sophomore struck out 12 for the second-consecutive start, allowing four runs, including just one earned, on three hits with a pair of walks in five innings.
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– Brookman and Wilson each notched their first start in a Buckeye uniform.
– The 12-strikeout outing by Lonsway was his second in two starts this season. The 12 strikeouts tie for the third-most in his career and mark the sixth double-digit strikeout game in 19 career starts.
– The Buckeye bullpen was strong once again as TJ Brock, Mitch Milheim and Joe Gahm combined to toss three innings without allowing an earned run. On the year, the bullpen has allowed just four earned runs in 22 innings for a 1.64 ERA.