The Buckeyes scored in each of the first five innings to take a 9-0 lead and added four more runs the rest of the way to defeat Toledo 13-0 Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium (box score). It was the fourth shutout this season and the third in the last five games.
Four Ohio State pitchers allowed just four Toledo hits. Starter Andrew Armstrong improved to 3-1 after limiting the Rockets to three hits in his 5.0 innings. The true freshman struck out four and walked one before handing the reins over to Rory Meister for an inning. Drew Rucinski pitched two innings and Alex Wimmers pitched the ninth.
Offensively, the Buckeyes slapped out 14 hits and benefited from five Toledo errors, though all but three runs were earned. Fifteen different Ohio State players saw action in the game in addition to the four pitchers. Tony Kennedy was 3-for-5 with two RBI, including a home run in his first at bat of the night. Cory Kovanda, Cory Rupert and Brian DeLucia each added two hits. Nine different Buckeyes scored a run. Ten different Buckeyes had a hit. Eight different Buckeyes drove in runs.
On the current homestand, the Buckeyes have allowed only nine runs and have a team ERA of 1.26. The starters’ ERA over that span is 1.08.
The Buckeyes (13-8, 2-2 Big Ten) play host to Minnesota (12-11, 2-2) this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. Toledo fell to 7-12 overall. Toledo recap.
Notes of interest... On the current homestand, the Buckeyes have allowed only nine runs and have a team ERA of 1.26. The starters’ ERA over that span is 1.08... the Buckeyes did not commit an error for the third time in their last four games.