One day after Ohio State scored the most runs in twelve seasons in a home opener. Game two of the series was not the same for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes would fall to the Lipscomb Bisons 9-3.
The infielders had to show up early for the Buckeyes. In both the first and second innings the Buckeye defense had to bail the left hander Griffan Smith out of his jams with two double plays to end both innings. Both the Buckeyes and Bisons failed to get a hit through two innings. The only base runners for both the Bisons and Buckeyes were from walks. Both pitchers failed to find the strike zone. In the bottom of the second inning the Buckeyes had the bases loaded with one out and both Zach Dezenzo and Ridge Winand struck out back to back, to end the inning. In the third and forth innings Griffan Smith started to find the strike zone as he struck out two and forced four ground outs.
Finally in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State’s Brady Cherry recorded the games first hit by hitting a double in left center. After two consecutive walks and stolen base by Cherry, Nate Romans hit a sacrifice fly to knock in the first run of the game. In the very next half inning back to back doubles by the Lipscomb’s Tevin Symonette and Zeke Dobson would knock in three runs to take the lead 3-1. In the bottom fifth inning the Buckeyes Dominic Canzone would knock in Noah West to edge closer to make the score 3-2. However, in the top of the sixth inning the Bisons would add two more runs after two costly mistakes by the Buckeyes. A wild pitch by reliever TJ Brock would advance a run and right fielder Canzone would lose a fly ball in the sun to advance the runner.
In the bottom of the seventh inning Noah West would hit a double and two batters later with two outs Canzone hit a triple which scored West to make the score 5-3. After a single and series of walks Lipscomb would have the bases loaded. Lipscomb’s Cade Sorrells would blast a game sealing grand slam to make the final score 9-3.
The Buckeyes will finish the series against Lipscomb tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Scheduled starters for the game are a right hander Josh Colon for Lipscomb who will make his season debut and Ohio State will trout out left hander Seth Lonsway. Lonsway is 1-2 on the season with a ERA of 7.27.