Purdue came into Columbus as arguably the hottest team in college baseball, but Ohio State took a big two out of three games against the Boilermakers to solidify its postseason standing.
Ohio State Baseball Take Last Home Series Against Purdue
You want to be playing your best baseball heading into the postseason, no matter what level you are at, and that’s appears to be just what the Ohio State baseball team is doing.
The Purdue Boilermakers came into Bill Davis stadium on a nation’s longest thirteen game winning streak and in 3rd place in the Big Ten, but left with a series loss on what was the last home weekend for the Buckeyes.
OSU took the first game 4-2, got beat up in the second game on Saturday 8-2, but came back and woke the bats up to take advantage of some Purdue miscues to win going away in the series finale 16-6 on Sunday.
The Scarlet and Gray came back from a 6-1 deficit, and scored fifteen unanswered runs all while pounding out seventeen hits. The hit of the game was a Noah West Grand Slam in the bottom of the eighth inning with Ohio State up just 9-6 that would pretty much put things out of reach.
It was an up and down series, but ultimately one in which the Buckeyes were able to come from behind thanks to some errors and walks from Purdue on senior day to take two out of three.
With the win, Ohio State improves to 33-17 overall, 13-8 in the Big Ten — good for a fourth place tie with Illinois. The victory all but assured Ohio State of a place in the Big Ten tournament in just over a week and a half, and will no doubt improve its NCAA tournament chances as things wind down on the season.
No matter what happens from here on out, it has been a very good bounce back year for a program that finished just 22-34 overall and just 8-16 in the Big Ten in 2017.
Ohio State’s next contest is at Cincinnati on Tuesday before if finishes up the regular season with a three-game road series against eighth place Michigan State.