WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio State baseball team claimed a doubleheader sweep at Purdue Friday in West Lafayette, Ind. Behind strong pitching and defense with some timely hitting, the Buckeyes won game one, 3-1, before holding on to a 3-2 victory in game two at Alexander Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 27-14-1 overall and 7-7 in conference play, while the Boilermakers drop to 7-33 overall and 2-15 in the Big Ten.
“Doubleheaders are normally split, especially on the road, so it was great for our ball club to get two wins,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We left some opportunities out there, but we pitched and played good defense. To me, the story of the second game was Ryan Feltner. He came in and finished it off with four scoreless innings for us. It was good to see Bosi [Bosiokovic] back. He was able to post up on the front side and just swing. He stayed behind the ball and hit a couple balls really hard tonight.”
In game one, left-hander Tanner Tully picked up the win for his fifth victory of the year in a seven-inning outing, while right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos notched his ninth save of the season. Jacob Bosiokovic knocked a two-run home run on a 2-for-5 performance with two RBI and two runs scored. Troy Montgomery and Ronnie Dawson each had a pair of hits too.
In the nightcap, Bosiokovic was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI and Troy Kuhn was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Left-hander John Havird improved to 5-1 in five innings of work and right-hander Ryan Feltner picked up his second save of the season throwing scoreless frames to close out the sweep.
GAME 2: OSU 3, PUR 2
HOW IT HAPPENED
After Purdue jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Ohio State rebounded with three runs in the top of the second on three hits. With the bases loaded, a fielder’s choice by Jalen Washington tied it at 1-all. A fielding error at third base allowed Tre’ Gantt to cross home plate. Kuhn then scored on a RBI single by Bosiokovic for the 3-1 advantage.
Havird left a runner on base in the second and third innings, respectively. In the fourth, Purdue made it a 3-2 game when on a RBI single by Nick Dalesandro. Havird got of the jam when Gantt made a running catch in right center to keep the one-run lead. The Buckeye bats were kept off the board for seven straight innings after the three-run second stanza.
In the bottom of the ninth, Purdue had the tying-run on third base after a one-out double to right by Jacson McGowan and single to left field by pinch-hitter Daniel Sander. However, Feltner struck out a batter before shortstop Craig Nennig slipped, recovered and fired over a laser to Bosiokovic on a groundball from the left side for the dramatic final out of the ninth. Ohio State left 10 runners on base, while the Boilermakers stranded nine runners.
FELTNER PUTS UP ZEROS
The OSU rookie boasted his second straight four-inning save tonight, throwing four scoreless frames on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. It wasn’t easy with the Boilermakers threatening in the bottom of the ninth with runners on the corners and one down. He notched his third punch out of the game for the second out before an 11-pitch at-bat battle vs. Alec Olund ended with a backhand groundout to Nennig. The Buckeye right-hander has thrown 13.2 shutout innings out of the OSU bullpen this season.
“KOBE” CONTINUES TO ROLL
Havird is a big Kobe Bryant fan. Since No. 24 retired, the native of Mesa, Ariz., has picked up where his basketball idol left off, posting his fifth win of the year after throwing five innings on two runs, four hits and one walk tonight against Purdue. Since Kobe’s last professional game April 13, Havird has collected a 3-0 record with 1.59 ERA in 17.0 innings pitched.
GAME 2 NOTES
- Ohio State improves to 144-61-1 all-time vs. the Boilermakers.
- The Buckeyes have won 12 of the last 13 meetings in West Lafayette, Ind.
- The Scarlet and Gray moves to 7-7 in conference play with the doubleheader sweep.
- Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 92 doubles and 42 home runs.
- Bosiokovic registered his 12th multi-hit game, while Kuhn collected his 11th of the 2016 campaign.
- Several Buckeyes pushed their reached base streaks in game two: Dawson (19, career-high), Sergakis (13), Kuhn (11), Gantt (6) and Leffel (4). Montgomery’s nine-game reached base streak was snapped.
- Gantt is on a season-high five-game hit streak, while Dawson’s 10-game hit streak ended (tied his career-high).
- Havird earned his fifth win of the year, while Feltner notched his second save in the last week of conference play.
GAME 1: OSU 3, PUR 1
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Purdue struck the board first in the bottom of the fourth on a one-out RBI single up the middle by Kyle Johnson. Lead-off hitter Cody strong scored on the play after a lead-off single and sac bunt. Tully limited the damage when he reacted quickly on a hard-hit liner back at the mound to make the final out.
Ohio State answered in the following at-bat when Bosiokovic launched his 10th home run of the year for a two-run shot over the wall in left to put the Buckeyes ahead, 2-1. Montgomery lined his second base hit of the day before the long ball by the OSU first baseman. Tully left two on base in the bottom of the fifth with a grounder up the middle.
Kuhn pushed the lead to two runs in the top of the eighth on a RBI single through the left side off right-hander Gavin Downs. Ohio State had runners on each of the first three opening innings, but failed to score. The team had two runners in scoring position in the third after a two-out single by Dawson and two-out double by Sergakis, respectively, but a ground ball out left them stranded against Downs.
A native of Elkhart, Ind., Tully picked up his team-best sixth quality start of the year and improve to 5-3. He threw seven innings and limited the Purdue bats to one run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk. He had a scoreless innings streak of 15-consecutive frames snapped in the bottom of the fourth on the RBI single, but that’s all the Boilermakers would get vs. the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
TO THE BULLPEN
Right-hander Seth Kinker gave up a hit, but retired the next two batters in the bottom of the eighth with one strikeout before being relieved by left-hander Michael Horejsei, who made a hitter foul out in foul territory down the left field line that ended with a fantastic grab by Dawson right on the brick wall at Alexander Field. Right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos claimed his ninth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
WHAT A CATCH
For the second straight week, sophomore right fielder Tre’ Gantt made an incredible catch in right field. In the top of the ninth, a hard-hit liner headed towards the gap in right center, but Gantt got another great jump off the bat and made a leaping catch, taking away a lead-off, extra-base hit for the home team.
GAME 1 NOTES
- Dawson tied his career-high with a 10-game hit streak. He also extended his career-high reached base streak to 18-consecutive games.
- Sergakis knocked his B1G-best 17th double of the season. His hit streaked moved to five straight games.
- Bosiokovic is now tied for the Big Ten lead with 10 home runs. It was his first long ball since April 3 and first in 51 at-bats. It was the 14th of his Buckeye career.
- Several other Buckeyes extended their reached base streak, including Sergakis (12), Montgomery (9), Leffel (3) and Bosiokovic (3).
- Dawson picked up his 14th multi-hit game, while Montgomery collected his eighth multi-hit performance. Bosiokovic had his 11 multi-hit game and seventh multi-RBI contest on the year.
- Tully picked up his team-best sixth quality start of the season and claims his 15th win of his career.
- Kinker made his team-high 22nd appearance of the year, while Horejsei saw his 20th appearance of 2016.
Ohio State and Purdue conclude the series at 2 p.m. ET Saturday from Alexander Field. The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Fans can also listen on AM 1460 ESPN or on OhioStateBuckeyes.com ($). Paul Keels and Bob Spears will have the call from West Lafayette.