Ohio State scored five runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 5-4 victory over Michigan State in game one of Sunday's doubleheader (box score). In the second game, Michigan State scored the game's only run in the eighth inning on a bases loaded walk to force a doubleheader split and avoid a three-game series sweep by Ohio State (box score). The Buckeyes needed 11 innings to claim a 5-4 victory on Friday.
Dean Wolosiansky got the start in game one, giving Dan DeLucia the weekend off to rest his elbow. Wolo was touched for two runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work before getting replaced by Andrew Armstrong who allowed two runs in his 1.1 innings. Eric Best pitched the seventh and retired the batters in order to pick up his second save of the weekend and his fourth fo the season.
Shuck was the only Buckeye with multiple hits in a 3-for-4 peformance. He had one RBI. Zach Hurley, Ryan Dew, Dan Burkhart and Tyler Engle drove in the other runs. Each team had nine hits. Ohio State committed the game's only error.
Shuck was the starter in the second game of the twinbill and was cruising along nice, though was not backed by any offense. The Buckeyes managed just two hits, one by Tony Kennedy and another by Ryan Dew.
Michigan State finally wore on Shuck in the eighth, getting two of their four hits in the inning. He allowed a single to start the inning before getting that runner on a fielder's choice bunt. He issued a walk and gave up a bunt single to load the bases before giving way to freshman Alex Wimmers. Wimmers struck out his first batter before walking in the decisive run.
Shuck was saddled with an unfortunate loss to fall to 4-2 on the year. He struck out seven against three walks, including one in the eighth.
A conference rule is in place to not allow a team to start three games in one day so the fourth game of the series was cancelled and will not be made up.
The Buckeyes are now 18-11 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State is 13-16 and 4-7. Ohio State will host Louisville Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. The Cardinals advanced to the College World Series last season.