GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 7-1, against Michigan State Saturday night at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. Spartan right-handed starting pitcher Mike Mokma pitched a complete-game with 11 strikeouts and no walks in the win over the Buckeyes. With the loss, the Scarlet and Gray drop to 7-6 overall, while the Spartans improve to 3-10 in 2019.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“Mike Mokma was the story of the game,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He commanded his fastball really well and pitched in good counts almost all night long. Our guys need to learn from it. Offensively we need to polish up our swings. We felt like we were on some pitches, but just fouled them off tonight. We need to keep working and get better. On the mound, TJ Brock was the bright spot.”
BROCK ON THE MOUND
Freshman right-handed relief pitcher TJ Brock had the best outing of his young college career. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Brock struck out a season-high five didn’t walk a batter in three innings.
The Spartans scored three runs in the first and three in the third vs. OSU starting pitcher Garrett Burhenn. Royce Ando had a two-run single to left in the first, while Nic Lacayo doubled down the right field in in the fifth. The Spartans scored a seventh run on a RBI single by Zach Iverson in the fifth. Burhenn falls to 2-1 on the year, allowing seven runs on 12 hits with two walks and one strikeout in five innings.
Ohio State scored its lone run on a double play ball off the bat of Brady Cherry to push Matt Carpenter around home plate. Conner Pohl led the Buckeyes at the dish, going 2-for-4 with a double.
Ohio State and Western Carolina conclude the 2019 First Pitch Invite at 5 p.m. Sunday at Fluor Field.