Ohio State bounced back from Tuesday's loss in a big way with an 12-3 blowout win over Alabama-Birmingham in Columbus on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Buckeyes improved to 29-15-1 and have now won four of their last five.
Seniors Craig Nennig and Troy Kuhn paced the offense, with each driving in three runs. Kuhn moved into 13th place on the program's career doubles list with a two-bagger in the seventh inning.
B7 | @tr0ykuhn sends his 13th double off the wall in RF. He moves to 13th on OSU 2Bs list (43). https://t.co/6xNqzBQ1qb— The OSU Baseball ⚾️ (@OhioState_BASE) May 5, 2016
Junior leadoff man Troy Montgomery also had a good night, going 3-for-4 and scoring a pair of runs, and freshman Jacob Barnwell collected his first career hit in a 2-for-3 night that included three runs scored.
Starter Daulton Mosbarger lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, but redshirt junior Joe Stoll relieved and pitched well. The lefty shut down the Blazers for 2.1 innings, giving his team's bats a chance to heat up.
UAB really struggled on the mound in this one, as six pitchers combined to yield 15 hits and 15 walks.
For the first time in quite some time, Ohio State scored first. Barnwell doubled down the right field line, the first career hit for the freshman, and Montgomery was intentionally walked. Nennig then stepped up and roped a two-out double to the right-center gap to score the pair against UAB's Cory Eller.
B2 | Two-out, two-run double for @CraigNennig! Big hit by No. 7. https://t.co/8BBH6ND0IQ— The OSU Baseball ⚾️ (@OhioState_BASE) May 4, 2016
UAB 0, OSU 2#GoBucks
Eller had his command issues, walking Ronnie Dawson, hitting Nick Sergakis, and walking Kuhn to bring Nennig home for the third run of the inning.
In the top of the third, the Blazers came right back to put up three of their own on Mosbarger. An RBI single by last night's hero Griffin Gum scored the first, while a bases loaded walk and hit batter forced home two more to tie the game.
That's where things stood until the bottom of the fifth when the Buckeyes again put a crooked number on the board after loading the bases with nobody out. Nennig walked to plate L. Grant Davis, Nick Sergakis hit a sacrifice fly to score Barnwell, Kuhn singled home Montgomery, and Tre Gantt singled in Nennig. Just like that, it was a 7-3 Ohio State lead.
Seth Kinker relieved Stoll in the sixth and mowed through UAB for two scoreless innings, striking out three.
The Buckeyes tacked on another four runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend the lead to 11-3. Kuhn laced the aforementioned double to bring home Sergakis and Jacob Bosiokovic followed that up with an RBI triple that was absolutely torched to dead center.
B7 | Somehow this ball does not leave the park. @bocaJ_ with first triple of the year! https://t.co/EGd71xGma2— The OSU Baseball ⚾️ (@OhioState_BASE) May 5, 2016
An RBI groundout by Davis plated Bosiokovic, and three straight walks by the Blazers' Dylan Munger was followed by wild pitch that scored Barnwell.
Davis wasn't done, though, putting the exclamation on the ballgame with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, his second of the night, that gave the Buckeyes an even dozen runs on the night.
Senior Michael Horejsei and redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos tossed the final two frames to close out the victory
The homestand for Ohio State continues this weekend with a three-game Big Ten series against Iowa. First pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ET and will stream live on BTN Plus.