Last Wednesday it was Michigan. Tonight it was Ohio State. With a 4-2 victory over the Buckeyes Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium, Central Michigan has downed the two Big Ten powers in consecutive midweek games (box score). Yet, the Chippewas own a losing record overall, improving to 13-16 with the upset.
Central Michigan took a 2-1 run lead in the fourth, but a sacrifice fly by Ohio State's Justin Miller in the bottom of the fifth scored J.B. Shuck to tie the game at two. An RBI double by Noah Lankford in the seventh gave Central Michigan the lead for good and it tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Sean Hoorelbeke.
Ohio State, which slipped to 16-10 on the year, never threatened again after scoring the equalizer and were retired in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth before Ryan Dew drew a walk to begin the home half of the ninth. Ben Toussant pinch hit for Brian DeLucia but struck out looking. Dan Burkhart grounded into a fielder's choice and Tyler Engle grounded out to third. Ballgame over.
Josh Edgin got the start for the Buckeyes and lasted only 4.0 innings. He allowed two runs on one hit but struck out five and walked one. Drew Rucinski pitched 3.0 innings and Alex Wimmers pitched the eighth and ninth. There were just nine hits in the game, including five by Ohio State. Zach Hurley accounted for two of them while Miller drove in both runs. The Buckeyes committed two errors. Central Michigan had one.
CMU starter Jesse Hernandez allowed the two Buckeyes runs on five hits in 8.0 innings. Chris Kupillas took care of Ohio State in the ninth to pick up his second save.
Only 733 fans bothered to show up. Maybe they're holding out for the wildly successful Buck-a-Burger Nights (April 23 vs. Akron and May 7 vs. Marshall).
Ohio State takes on Michigan State this weekend at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing, Mich.