May 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 6-2 decision to Northwestern Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 29-26 on the year, 9-14 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats improve to 19-32, 7-15 in conference play.

Northwestern got on the board early against Ohio State starter Travis Lakins. Luke Dauch reached on an infield single to lead off the game before a walk to Matt Hopfner put runners on first and second with nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt by Scott Heelan moved both runners up a base, a sacrifice fly to center by Jack Mitchell scored Dauch to give Northwestern the 1-0 lead.

Both Lakins and Northwestern starter Reed Mason took over from there, putting up zeroes until the Buckeyes gained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Sergakis led off the inning with a single to left before Ronnie Dawson took Mason deep to right for a two-run shot and a 2-1 Ohio State lead.

Lakins allowed a leadoff single to Jake Straub in the top of the seventh before he struck out Cody Stevens for the first out of the inning. The Buckeyes then went to Jake Post out of the bullpen, who allowed a single to pinch-hitter Reid Hunter before striking out Dauch. A walk to Hopfner then loaded the bases before a double down the left-field line by Heelan scored three as Northwestern took a 4-2 lead.

After Mason tossed a scoreless bottom of the seventh, Joe Hoscheit kept the Buckeyes off the board in the bottom of the eighth before a two-out triple by Heelan and followed by a single from Mitchell tacked on two more to make it a 6-2 game.

Hoscheit then retired the Buckeyes in order in the ninth for his second save of the season.

Mason picked up the win to improve to 2-4 on the year while Post suffered the loss, dropping to 3-3. Sergakis went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State hosts Northwestern on Senior Day at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

– Lakins tossed a career-high 6.1 innings, striking out a career-best seven.