The Ohio State baseball season is winding down and the Buckeyes are looking to finish strong. So far so good in game one of its final weekend series vs. Northwestern. It was a wild, high-scoring affair that was about as entertaining as you’ll find, and the Buckeyes did it in come from behind fashion.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead after some weather threatened to kill things all together on a cloudy, blustery day in Columbus. They jumped all over OSU starter Seth Lonsway who was uncharacteristically wild, plating five runs in the top of the first inning, three coming on a home run by David Dunn.
But the Buckeyes would strike back a couple of innings later with a four-spot of their own. Archer Brookman got Ohio State off and running on a two-run homer. Then in the bottom of the fourth inning, Zach Dezenzo hit a three-run bomb into a stiff wind to tie the game at 7-7 and the Buckeyes officially erased a five-run deficit.
But things wouldn’t end there. In the very next inning (the fifth), the Buckeyes would plate two more runs on a double by Colton Bauer and an RBI single by Brookman, and OSU had officially taken the lead for the first time and got out of the inning up 9-7.
Dezenzo would strike again with another three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend OSU’s lead to 13-7 and it looked like the Buckeyes would cruise.
However, Northwestern managed to score three more runs in the eighth inning and actually had the tying run on before Patrick Murphy shut the door for a 13-10 Ohio State victory.
With the win, Ohio State improves its record to 21-19. The Buckeyes are next in action against Northwestern again Saturday at 7 p.m.