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Yes, the Buckeyes scored 15 runs on 18 hits in the Big Ten opener. Even more impressive, Ohio State pitchers limited the Nits to just five hits in the 15-0 shellacking of Penn State Friday (box score) at Bill Davis Stadium. The Nittany Lions had just two hits against OSU starter Jake Hale, who tossed 6.0 innings and struck out three against two walks.
All 14 runs crossed the plate in the first three innings and the team went on cruise control after that. Every Buckeye starter had a hit, including Tyler Engle, who finished 4-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored. He had three singles and a double. J.B. Shuck was 3-for-4, drove in one and scored twice. Four other Buckeyes had multiple hits, including Cory Kovanda, Dan Burkhart, Cory Rupert and Ryan Dew. Rupert, Dew and Ryan Meade each had two RBI.
Penn State starter Seth Whitehill was emphatically chased out of the game in the third but the 23 batters he faced roughed him up for 14 runs on 15 hits. Ohio State scored eight runs in the first and added three each in the second and third. David Lutz came on in relief in the third and pitched well. Nittany Lions fans are probably left wondering if maybe he should have started. For the Buckeyes, Josh Edgin found pitched the final three innings and allowed only three hits.
Hopefully, the Bucks’ offense isn't done for the series and can keep piling it on. Ohio State improved to 11-6 on the year and 1-0 in the Big Ten, while Penn State slipped to 5-13 and 0-1. The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. and concludes Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m.
Tonight's game was the first baseball game to be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Both games Saturday will again be on the Big Ten Network.
Penn State recap.
Check out the Columbus Dispatch article from Friday's game. The-Ozone.net posted a story and photos from the game as well.