The Buckeyes desparately needed a win and they got it Friday at Northwestern in the first of four Big Ten games between the teams this weekend at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston.
Northwestern scored two runs in the first, but then it was all Ohio State, which cruised to an 11-2 victory (Box Score). The offense exploded for 19 hits, including doubles by Dan Burkhart, Justin Miller and Tony Kennedy. Miller was 3-for-6 with two RBI, while Michael Arp was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Kennedy and Ryan Meade each added two hits.
OSU starter Jake Hale last 8.0 innings and was able to settle down after giving up the two early runs. He scattered eight hits in improving to 5-1 this season. He did give up a pair of doubles and a home run while walking three and fanning three. Rory Meister pitched a scoreless ninth though gave up one hit. The Wildcats finished with nine hits and two errors. The Buckeyes did not have an error.
Ohio State improved to 21-16 overall and 9-7 in Big Ten action. Northwestern is 14-18 and 8-9. Northwestern recap.
The teams contine action Saturday with a doubleheader that will be televised by the Big Ten Network begining at 1:05 p.m., ET. The first pitch was moved up an hour to accommodate the telecast. The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 2:05 p.m.
In case you missed it on ohiostatebuckeyes.com, they posted video interviews with J.B. Shuck and Cory Kovanda heading into the series this weekend at Northwestern.