Ugh. Just as things were looking up for the baseball team, things came crashing down this week as the Buckeyes went 1-4, capped off with getting swept by Indiana.
The game against Wright State on Tuesday was just the beginning as the Buckeyes couldn't get anything going as they fell to the Raiders 3-0. The highlight of the game was starting pitcher Gavin Bruni recording 4 strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings, but the loss went to Jonah Jenkins - his first loss of the season - who allowed the game's first, and deciding, run.
The game against Toledo on Wednesday went better, offensively, as Ohio State scored 6 runs on 11 hits to win the game 6-4. This game was highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Hank Thomas and Josh McAlister in the 2nd, and then Kade Kern and Tyler Pettorini in the 7th. McAlister was the high personal scorer with 2 runs, and each RBI was recorded by a different player, so no high team scorer. The win was given to Blayne Robinson, his second of the season.
The Buckeyes would then travel to Bloomington to open Big Ten play, but ended the weekend searching for answers.
On Saturday, game 1 started out great for Ohio State as the first 5 batters were walked, leading to 2 runs, and the Buckeyes would score 4 more to take a quick 6-0 lead after the T1. But as the old adage goes, it's not how you start, but how you finish, as the Hoosiers would score 14 unanswered runs throughout the game to win 14-6. Each run was by a different player, so no single high personal scorer, but Nick Erwin was the high team scorer with 2 RBIs. Starting pitcher Isaiah Coupet was given the loss, his second of the year, after giving up 10 runs
Sunday's doubleheader didn't go much better, as Ohio State lost the first game 9-6 and the second 7-5. In game 2, Ohio State started the scoring again with 3 runs in the T3, but Indiana immediately responded with 5 runs in the B3.The Buckeyes would threaten a comeback, taking the lead with 2 runs in the T7, but Indiana squelched any hope to finish the comeback with 3 run in the B7 to retake the lead for good. Kade Kern was the high personal scorer with 2 runs, and Marcus Ernst was the high team scorer with 2 RBIs. The loss was given Jonah Jenkins, his second, as the 2 earned runs he allowed ultimately decided the game.
Indiana did not mess around in Game 3 as they scored 3 runs in the B3 and B5. Ohio State would score 3 of their own in the T6 to close the gap, but couldn't do much else, as the Hoosiers would hold on for the win and series sweep. Each run and RBI was given to a different Buckeye, so no high scorers. The loss was given to starter Justin Eckhardt, his third of the year.
After the disastrous week, Ohio State falls to 12-10 on the season. Wright State, after beating Miami (OH) and sweeping Oakland, improves to 13-10; Toledo, after a 2-1 series against Akron, improves to 11-11; and Indiana improves to 17-7. Up next, Ohio State has four home games, including a one-off game against 11-12 Xavier on Tuesday before a weekend series against 5-19 Minnesota.