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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State baseball team continued to show its pitching depth, shutting out Morehead State, 7-0, on a chilly Wednesday night at Nick Swisher field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 28-10 overall and 9-0 in midweek games in 2015. Ohio State is now 17-4 in Columbus. The contest will be reaired Friday at 11 a.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
Ohio State starting pitcher Jacob Niggemeyer cruised through the first five innings before being relieved in the top of the sixth after an infield single back at the mound to load the bases. Niggemeyer, a native of Powell, Ohio, improved to 3-0, throwing 5.2 frames and limiting the MSU bats to five hits on no runs with three strikeouts and three walks. The Buckeyes snapped a 21-game run streak by the Eagles.
The Buckeyes scored a run in the bottom of the first to begin the game. Ronnie Dawson sent a single through the left side on a 1-2 pitch with two down to push Montgomery around home plate. It was Dawson's 23rd RBI this year. Pat Porter posted his 19th career assist to end the top of the second when he threw a bullet into home plate for the final out.
After a scoreless third, the Scarlet and Gray extended the lead to 3-0 when Craig Nennig knocked a two-out single to right to push Aaron Gretz and Tre' Gantt across home plate. Gretz sent a single up the middle, while Gantt struck the left field line for a double to set up the scoring play.
Ohio State opened up the game to 7-0, scoring four runs on five hits vs. MSU starter Patrick McGuff. Nick Sergakis doubled down the right field line, while Gantt punched a two-out single up the middle to score two more.
Right-handed Seth Kinker relieved Niggemeyer with two down and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth. He induced a foul out to Ryan Leffel down the third base line to leave them loaded. Kinker tossed 1.1 innings and allowed no runs or hits on one walk and strikeout. John Havird threw a four-pitch eighth inning, getting three ground outs. Shea Murray concluded the game, throwing the ninth in his third appearance.
Ohio State heads to Evanston for a three-game Big Ten series at Northwestern beginning Friday.
· Ohio State improves to 17-4 in 2015 and 9-0 in midweek games.
· Troy Montgomery extended his reached-base streak to 15 straight games. With two stolen bases, he now has 22 swipes this year.
· Starting Morehead State pitcher Patrick McGuff is the nephew of Ohio State women's basketball head coach Kevin McGuff.
· Tre' Gantt collected his first career three-hit game, going 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and two RBI.
· Connor Sabanosh and Aaron Gretz both extended their hit streaks to nine-consecutive games (season-high). Ronnie Dawson and Gantt extended their hit streaks to 5.
· Gantt had his third multi-hit game, while Sabanosh posted his 11 of the season. Craig Nennig had his ninth of 2015.
· Pat Porter extended his reached base streak to 18 (career-high).