May 4, 2013
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EVANSTON, Ill. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped its series-opening contest at Northwestern, 8-0, Saturday at Rocky Miller Park. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 30-14, 12-7 in Big Ten play, while the Wildcats move to 20-18, 8-11 in the conference.
After the Buckeyes put two on with one out but couldn’t get on the board against Northwestern starter Luke Farrell in the top of the second, the Wildcats threatened against Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg in the bottom of the frame. A single, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with one down before a walk to Walker Moses scored Scott Heelan for the first run of the game. Trevor Stevens then singled to left to score a run and Kyle Ruchim doubled to left to clear the bases to push the Northwestern lead to 5-0. After Goldberg was able to get Zach Morton to fly out to right for the second out of the inning, Jack Havey singled to left to score Ruchim and extend the lead to 6-0 after two innings of play.
Three singles and a hit batter plated another run for the Wildcats and chased Goldberg with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Riga then came on and struck out the first two batters he faced before getting a groundout to get out of the inning with the Buckeyes down 7-0.
Riga tossed 3.0 scoreless frames before the Wildcats added another on a sacrifice fly by Stevens off Luke McGee in the bottom of the seventh to push the advantage to 8-0.
In the meantime, Farrell was solid for the Wildcats, allowing two hits while striking out eight over 8.0 scoreless frames before giving way to Jack Quigley who tossed a scoreless ninth.
The Buckeyes take on the Wildcats in the middle game of the three-game set at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
- Pat Porter had his seven-game hitting streak snapped Saturday against the Wildcats.