Ohio State continued its surge in the loser’s bracket, this time beating No. 3 seed Michigan to advance in the Big Ten baseball tournament.
Ohio State Sends Michigan Home, Advances In B1G Baseball Tournament
Don’t count out Ohio State just yet.
Despite losing its first round game to Purdue 8-2, the Buckeyes have continued to use solid pitching and timely hitting to advance out of the loser’s bracket in the Big Ten baseball tournament.
The same happened today, except this one might have been a bit sweeter. That’s because Ohio State’s victory came at the hands of rival Michigan, and as we all know, anytime OSU beats Michigan in anything it’s noteworthy.
The two didn’t meet during the regular season, but as fate would have it, the two matched up on day three of the tournament in an elimination contest. Fans of these two wouldn’t have it any other way.
And it all started with pitching. Starter Adam Neimeyer held the Wolverine offense to just one run in five innings while striking out four. He was able to get outs in clutch moments, leaving Michigan runners stranded in almost every inning.
On offense, the big inning for the Buckeyes was the sixth. After leading off with a solo home run by Bo Collen, they sent six more hitters to the dish and plated three big runs total to stretch out the lead to 5-1.
From there, the Ohio State pitching was able to limit the damage to just two more runs, with closer Seth Kinker coming on to again shut the door.
With the win, the Buckeyes have not only likely cemented a spot in the NCAAs, but will now play No. 1 seed Minnesota at 9 AM Eastern tomorrow. They’ll have to beat the Gophers twice to gain a spot in the championship game, but it’s not time to count out this team just yet.