COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team defeated Penn State, 4-2, Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Freshman right-handed reliever Will Pfennig claimed his first collegiate win to improve to 1-3, while left-handed reliever Andrew Magno claimed his ninth save of the year. With the win, the Nittany Lions drop to 20-23 overall and 3-17 in B1G play, while the Buckeyes improve to 26-23 overall and 8-11 in conference action.
Due to predicted weather Sunday, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. The Scarlet and Gray will hold its Senior Day recognition between games of the twinbill.
PENN STATE SCORES FIRST
The Nittany Lions got an early lead in the top of the first when Ryan Soniger knocked a two-out, two-run double to the gap in right center. A hard-hit ball was sent back to the mound and off Ohio State starting pitcher Garrett Burhenn in the top of the third, but OSU catcher Dillon Dingler picked up the deflection and sprinted back to the dish and extended with a diving tag on PSU’s Mason Nadeau to keep it a 2-0 deficit.
BUCKEYES GET ON THE BOARD
Ohio State got one run on three hits in the bottom of the third vs. Biasi. An infield single by Dingler pushed Ridge Winand around to make it 2-1.
OHIO STATE TAKES THE LEAD
The Buckeyes rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on two hits. With the bases loaded, a passed ball allowed Carpenter to score before a hit by pitch on Pohl gave the Buckeyes the 3-2 advantage. Biasi was relieved with one in the bottom of the fifth. He worked 4.1 innings on seven hits, three runs, three earned, three walks and six strikeouts and drops to 3-5.
Brent Todys camp up with clutch two-out single in the bottom of the seventh vs. PSU reliever Mason Mellott to make it a 4-2 contest.
ON THE MOUND
Right-handed reliever Will Pfennig started the fourth for Burhenn, who pitched three innings on six hits, two runs, two earned and one walk. Pfennig was strong on the mound tonight in his first collegiate win. He tossed 3.1 scoreless innings on two hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Magno was fantastic again on the mound tonight, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with two walks and five strikeouts.