COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State handed the University of Iowa baseball team an 8-2 loss in Friday’s Big Ten pod opener at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes put up a three spot in the third inning against Iowa starter Trenton Wallace and never looked back. Wallace loaded the bases with two outs via a pair of walks and a hit by pitch before Kade Kern delivered a bases-clearing double to make the score 3-0.
The Hawkeyes went to the bullpen in the fourth, and Ohio State proceeded to put up two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to push its lead to 8-0.
Iowa loaded the bases in the eighth and ninth innings, but only came away with two runs. Freshman Michael Seegers had an RBI groundout in the ninth and Dylan Nedved followed with an RBI single before senior Matthew Sosa grounded out to end the game.
The Hawkeyes finished with six hits with four coming from Nedved (2-for-4) and redshirt freshman Brayden Frazier (2-for-3).
Wallace (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing a season-high three runs despite giving up just one hit. The southpaw labored through three, walking four and hitting a batter. Redshirt junior Ben Beutel allowed five runs in 3 1/3, while redshirt freshman Jacob Henderson got the final five outs.
Ohio State starter Garrett Burhenn scattered three hits over seven shutout innings and fanned nine en route to his first win of the season.
QUOTING HEAD COACH RICK HELLER
“It was one of those nights where nothing went right for us. Trenton Wallace had a rough start and we had to go to the bullpen in the fourth inning. Combine that with the fact Garrett Burhenn was really sharp. He had great command and located well and we weren’t able to do much with him. We had a couple of opportunities to cut into the lead, but couldn’t get the hit with runners in scoring position.
That was the story, we fell behind early on a Friday night and had to go the bullpen. Ben and Jacob did a good job of getting out of it without us having to go too deep with three nine inning games left to play.”
– Frazier had two hits to notch his first multi-hit game.
– Wallace’s start was the shortest of the season. His shutout innings streak ended at 15 innings.
The Hawkeyes (4-8) will play a doubleheader Saturday, squaring off against Ohio State at noon (CT) and Maryland at 4 p.m.