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Ohio Baseball Falls At Ohio State

Ohio Baseball Falls At Ohio State

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By Mike Ashcraft

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio baseball team (15-15) suffered a 4-0 loss to in-state rival Ohio State (21-10) on Tuesday (April 10) at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes limited the Bobcats to just four hits and two walks.

"We're not in a very good place offensively, and we have to get some work in to get better at it," sixth-year head coach Rob Smith said.

Freshman second baseman Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio) was the lone batter for either team to produce a multi-hit day, tallying a single and a double. He and junior center fielder Devon Garcia (Bowling Green, Ohio), who doubled to lead off the top of the sixth inning, accounted for the game's only extra-base hits.

"We've just got to adjust," Levy of Ohio's offensive struggles. "We've had a couple of low-scoring games recently, but we'll figure it out. We've got to do a better job of battling in there, getting on base any way that we can. Obviously, those guys (Ohio State) did a good job of throwing strikes, and we got ourselves out, I would say."

Redshirt senior right-handed starting pitcher Cory Blessing (Mayfield, Ohio) threw three scoreless frames to begin the contest for the Bobcats. He struck out two while giving up one hit and one walk. Freshman righty Eddie Kutt (Westlake, Calif.) pitched two innings relief, fanning two but allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk. He took the loss on the mound for Ohio, dropping to 1-1 on the season. Redshirt junior right-hander Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.) threw one inning, permitting one earned run on two hits. Junior righty Kenny Ogg (Indianapolis, Ind.) struck out one while allowing one hit and two walks over two scoreless innings of relief.

"I felt pretty good today and threw well," said Blessing of his start.

Sophomore right-hander Jake Vance set the tone of the contest on the mound for Ohio State, striking out six over 5.2 scoreless innings en route to earning the pitching victory to improve to 3-1 on the year. He allowed three hits and one walk. Redshirt junior righty Thomas Waning, sophomore southpaw Andrew Magno and redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos combined to throw 3.1 innings of relief for the Buckeyes, with Waning tallying two strikeouts.

The Bobcats and the Buckeyes found themselves in a scoreless deadlock through the first four-and-a-half frames, with Vance posting five-straight zeros on the scoreboard for Ohio State and Blessing and Kutt combining to toss four scoreless frames for Ohio.

Ohio State broke the stalemate in the home half of the fifth, though. Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell hit a one-out single back up the middle, and sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone sent a base hit through the left side one out later. Junior second baseman Kobe Foppe then drew a walk to load up the bases for the Buckeyes. Senior first baseman Noah McGowan worked the count full and delivered a two-RBI single through the left side to bring home Barnwell and Canzone. Sophomore first baseman Conner Pohl then gave Ohio State a three-run advantage when he singled to right center to drive in Foppe.

The Buckeyes tacked on a fourth run in the sixth. Designated hitter Brady Cherry led off with a base hit up the middle, advanced to third on a single through the right side and then scored on an RBI fielder's choice that put Barnwell on base.

Ohio looks to bounce back on Wednesday (April 11) when it hosts Shawnee State in a 6 p.m. ET matchup at Bob Wren Stadium. The contest will be streamed live by OhioBobcatTV via YouTube, with Connor Mills and Brad Walker on the call.