The baseball Buckeyes defeated the Purdue Boilermakers and ended the nation’s longest win streak. They defeated the Purdue, 4-2, at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Even though the Buckeyes committed two errors to the Boilermakers none, they outhit the West Lafayette, Indiana, squad, 11-6. Purdue had won 13 straight games entering the Friday night contest against the Scarlet and Gray.
On top of the OSU win, a couple personal milestones were met, too.
Head coach Greg Beals secured his 500th career win. Beals has been a head coach for 16 seasons, the last eight years at Ohio State. The previous eight years before that at Ball State.
Ohio State’s victory was largely due to the six-inning, one earned run allowed effort by pitcher Connor Curlis. At the start, it appeared that Purdue had taken the advantage. In the top of the second inning, the Boilermakers got on the board first with a run.
OSU rallied in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run effort. Bo Coolen drove in a run with a single to right field; Noah West then put down a sacrifice bunt to drive in the leading run.
Ohio State didn’t look back after that second inning barrage. In the fifth inning, OSU had another two-run inning. A single to left field by Tyler Cowles drove in a run. Not too long after that—and with the bases loaded—Jacob Barnwell worked a full count into a walk, bringing home a runner to make the score 4-1 in favor of the home team.
After six innings of solid work from Curlis, reliever Seth Kinker came onto the mound and set an accolade of his own. Kinker set a program record with his 103rd appearance in the Scarlet and Gray, and ended the game securing the save. For Kinker, the win gave him his 12th save of the season.
On the mound for Purdue were Tanner Andrews and Bo Hofstra. Andrews went six innings and allowed nine hits. He also gave up four runs (all of them earned) and tallied three walks and two strikeouts. Hofstra, literally, put up a bunch of twos in his box score; he came in for two innings of work, allowed two hits, and recorded two walks and two strikeouts.
.@OhioState_BASE beats out @PurdueBaseball 4-2 to win the first game in the series and end the Boiler's hot streak. Our Student U crew breaks down the action from Friday night's game! #B1GBaseball pic.twitter.com/tkPwuusKit— BTN Student U (@BTNStudentU) May 12, 2018
The win puts the Bucks’ record to 32-16 entering the second game of the weekend series with Purdue. The Boilermakers, on the other hand, fall to 29-17—and will be looking for revenge at Bill Davis Stadium.
Saturday’s contest is slated to start at 3:05 p.m. ET, and Sunday’s home finale is penciled in for a 1:05 p.m ET first pitch. You can catch Saturday’s game on BTN Plus ($) or on AM 1460 ESPN.