May 8, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A three-run first inning held up as Ohio State claimed a series victory with a 3-0 win over the University of Iowa baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. It was the third straight shutout in the series.
The Buckeyes took advantage of two free bases — consecutive walks to leadoff the game by UI sophomore Nick Gallagher — when Ronnie Dawson hit a two-run double down the left field line to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead before an out was retired.
Ohio State stretched its lead to 3-0 on a Tre’ Gantt RBI single.
Iowa’s offense finished with its second straight double-digit hit game, out-hitting the Buckeyes, 10-6, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t come up with the clutch hit. Iowa left runners on base in seven of the nine innings, including two base runners in four frames. Iowa stranded 11 by grounding into four double plays and finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Senior Tyler Peyton had his second straight three-hit game, finishing 3-for-5, while sophomore Austin Guzzo and freshman Mitchell Boe also tallied multi-hit contests. Guzzo was 2-for-3 with a walk, while Boe was 2-for-4.
Gallagher (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings. He had two strikeouts and three walks before leaving the game because of injury with one out in the third.
Seniors Luke Vandermaten and Ryan Erickson and redshirt junior Josh Martsching gave Iowa a chance in relief. The trio scattered three hits over the final 5 2/3 innings. Erickson went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two hits.
Seth Kinker (5-1) earned the victory, allowing four hits in 1 2/3 innings in relief. Starter Ryan Feltner scattered four hits and fanned four in the start, Michael Horejsei allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings, and Yianni Pavlopoulos struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his 10th save.
Iowa (22-23, 8-10) returns to action Friday, hosting Michigan State at 6:05 p.m. (CT) to open the final home series at Duane Banks Field.