The only good news for Indiana in the first game on Saturday was that at seven innings it was over in 1 hour and 42 painful minutes. It was a game Indiana needs to forget, especially since they face the Buckeyes in another game at 4:05pm. The 6-0 loss is the Hoosiers’ third straight.
While Ohio State’s ace Seth Lonsway has struggled this season with control, that was not the case against the Hoosiers. In the first two innings he looked like the top prospect he was expected to be striking out the side. The second inning was an immaculate inning with nine strikes for three strikeouts.
The bottom of the innings were also not pleasant for the Hoosiers. Brown struggled with command and gave up a solo home run in the first. In the second, Indiana had a ridiculous series of defensive miscues including errors by Paul Toetz and Jordan Fucci that allowed two earned runs to score.
Indiana finally got some traffic in the third. Colopy got an infield single and Macciocchi walked on four straight pitches. A double steal put them both in scoring position but they were stranded on a Murrison strikeout.
Ohio State tacked on two more in the fourth, one earned and one unearned on yet another Paul Toetz error. With the game out of hand, the staff elected to pull Brown after 4 innings and give Braydon Tucker some needed work in the fifth inning. Tucker surrendered a solo home run, but retired the next three batters.
Lonsway went the whole way, striking out 17 Hoosiers for his career high.