COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio baseball team (11-12) fell to Ohio State (10-14), 3-0, on Tuesday (March 28) at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Bobcats came up on the short end of the scoreboard despite limiting the Buckeyes to just six hits.
"We've got conference opening up this weekend, so hopefully we can hit the reset button and start from scratch and get it going," said fifth-year head coach Rob Smith.
Ohio State took advantage of an Ohio throwing error in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell drew a leadoff walk and scored one out later after he stole third and then crossed home plate via a miscue by the Bobcats.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ohio State loaded the bases with one out after an infield single by freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone, a hit by pitch that put freshman second baseman Noah West on base and a walk by junior center fielder Tre' Gantt. Barnwell came up with a two-RBI single back up the middle to give the Buckeyes a three-run lead. Ohio State looked to add on when junior designated hitter Noah McGowan singled through the left side, sending Gantt scampering toward home plate. Ohio senior shortstop Tyler Finkler (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) made a great play to throw Gantt out at the plate, though, and end the inning.
The Bobcats looked poised to cut into Ohio State's lead in the ensuing frame. Finkler and redshirt sophomore left fielder Connor McMann (Flower Mound, Texas) led off the eighth with back-to-back singles to left, but Ohio could not capitalize on the situation.
"We hit some balls hard the whole night," said Smith. "It wasn't like it was a complete awful night at the plate, but, like it's been most of the year, it just didn't equate to any runs, and that's what we have to get better at."
Ohio put the leadoff man on base in the ninth when senior right fielder Spencer Ibarra (Fort Collins, Colo.) singled to left, but Ohio State junior right-handed closer Seth Kinker picked up his third save of the 2017 season by getting two flyouts and a force out to end the game.
Ibarra accounted for three of Ohio's six hits, collecting three singles.
"We put a lot of good bats on balls," said Finkler. "We hit it right at a lot of guys. I think maybe four or five lineouts were right at guys. It's a little frustrating, but we just need to do a better job of piecing together hits so we can get some runs on the board and get some wins."
Canzone led the Buckeyes at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort. Barnwell talllied two RBIs.
Redshirt junior right-hander Austin Woodby earned his second win of the season Ohio State, pitching four shutout innings. He struck out one and allowed three hits. Junior right-hander Reece Calvert, redshirt senior southpaw Joe Stoll, redshirt junior right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos and Kinker combined to toss five shutout frames of relief.
The Bobcats utilized the services of seven pitchers. Redshirt junior right-hander Cory Blessing (Mayfield, Ohio) got his third start of the year, striking out three over three innings of work while allowing a hit and a walk. Sophomore righty Kenny Ogg (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior left-hander Matt Mikolajczak (New Lenox, Ill.), senior right-hander Tom Colletti (Wheaton, Ill.) and redshirt junior righty Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) combined to throw four scoreless innings of relief for Ohio.
"Honestly, we were sloppy tonight," said Smith. "This was a lot sloppier than we've pitched the entire year. I think we had 12 free bases. They basically scored all three runs on one hit. That's not been characterisc of our pitching staff. We got sloppy tonight, and, unfortunately, it led to game-deciding runs."
Redshirt sophomore right-handed reliever Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.) suffered the loss on the mound for the Bobcats, allowing an unearned run on two walks in 0.1 innings of relief.
Ohio opens MAC play this weekend with a trip to Muncie, Ind., to battle West Division foe Ball State (11-14, 0-3 MAC). The series opener is scheduled for Friday (March 31) at 3 p.m. ET. Both the Saturday (April 1) and Sunday (April 2) contests are scheduled for 1 p.m. ET first pitches. 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein will have the call of all three games on WOUB 1340 AM and online on OhioBobcats.com via Stretch Internet.