April 1, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 6-1 game against Purdue Saturday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 11-15 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play, while the Boilermakers improve to 14-12 overall and 2-3 in conference action.
“They got their lead-off guy on in the first four innings, but give them credit for situational hitting to produce runs early in the game,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Their starting pitcher did a good job. He’s got some angle and deception with the fastball as a lefty. We weren’t able to make the adjustment the second time through the lineup. We got ourselves in position later in the game, but couldn’t get those two-out hits tonight.”
Purdue left-handed starter Gareth Stroh limited the Buckeye bats to one run in 7.2 innings of work, scattering six hits with two strikeouts to improve to 2-2 this year. In the batter’s box, fifth-year senior Shea Murray went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI in the loss.
BOILERMAKERS JUMP OUT TO LEAD
Purdue scored five times in the first three innings. The Boilermakers claimed their first lead of the weekend in the opening at-bat vs. Feltner. A hit by pitch, sac bunt and stolen base put lead-off hitter Evan Warden on third base before Nick Dalesandro grounded out up the middle to push the first run across.
Purdue scored three more times in the top of the second on three hits vs. Feltner. Bryce Bonner doubled to start the frame and was driven in by Mike Madej on a base hit through the left side. A triple down the right field line by Alec Olund made it a 3-0 contest. Warden tallied the fourth run of the day on a ground out to second base.
In the third, Purdue found a fifth run when Dalesandro scored on a RBI grounder by Jacson McGowan. Dalesandro led off the inning with a single and reached third base on back-to-back wild pitches. The Boilermakers went back to the small-ball game in the fourth and scored a sixth run when they ran a squeeze play with a bunt down the first base line to score Madej.
MURRAY GETS THE BOYS ON THE BOARD
Stroh kept the Buckeyes off the board through the first four stanzas until the bottom of the fifth when Murray pulled a 2-0 pitch down the left field line to score Brady Cherry, who singled earlier in the at-bat. Stroh left two on base and limited the Buckeyes to one run on five hits in his longest outing of the year in seven innings of work to improve to 2-2 in 2017.
LEFT THEM LOADED IN THE EIGHTH
Ohio State had a big chance to get within striking distance in the bottom of the eighth against the Purdue bullpen, but failed to collect any runs. After two fielding errors at third base, Madej snared a hard-hit ground ball to the left side to get Boilermaker reliever Ross Learneerd out of the jam.
ON THE MOUND
Right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner worked 6.2 innings and gave up six runs, all earned, with four strikeouts and three walks to drop to 0-5 in 2017. Feltner finished strong though, retiring six of the final seven batters he faced. He was relieved by right-handed reliever Austin Woodby with two outs and a runner on first in the top of the seventh. Woodby tossed 2.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout and walks.
Ohio State and Purdue conclude the series at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($). Fans can listen on AM 1460 ESPN.