May 5, 2012
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Bill Davis Stadium)
Score: Ohio State 7, Northwestern 1
Records: NU (16-28, 5-15 Big Ten), Ohio State (26-20, 10-10 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, May 6 - at Ohio State (Bill Davis Stadium), 12:05 p.m. CT
COLUMBUS -- Northwestern struggled to get its offense going in the second game of a doubleheader as Ohio State jumped out to an early lead en route to a 7-1 win Saturday evening at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes also won the first game, 3-1.
Ohio State broke through against NU starter Brandon Magallones in the second inning as they scored twice to take the lead. A leadoff walk, a stolen base and a wild pitch put Patrick Porter on third base with no one out before David Corna brought him home with an RBI double. A Northwestern error on a bunt by Kirby Pellant allowed Corna to score from second to make it 2-0. Pellant was at third with one out when Wetzel flew out to center and the Wildcats were able to nab Pellant at the plate to prevent another run from scoring and end the inning.
A leadoff hit batter cost Magallones in the third as the hosts added to their lead. Ryan Cypret was at third with two outs when Brad Hallberg legged out an infield single to extend the Buckeyes' lead to three. Corna followed with a two-run double down the left-field line as the advantage grew to 5-0 for OSU.
Magallones' day came to an end after allowing a leadoff hit in the fifth. Ethan Bramschreiber came on in relief and faced three batters before Corna drove in his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly off of Jack Quigley.
Quigley should have had a perfect inning in the sixth, but an error kept the frame alive and Josh Dezse had an RBI single as the Buckeyes added an unearned run to stretch their advantage to seven.
The early lead was more than enough for Buckeye starting pitcher Brian King. The junior left-hander entered the contest with a 4.85 ERA but he retired the first 21 batters he faced.
Northwestern finally got things going in the top of the eighth as Colby Everett led off with a solid single to center before Kyle Ruchim followed with a hit of his own. Both runners were still at first and second with two outs when Walker Moses got the Wildcats on the board with a hit down the right-field line.
That would be the only run that NU muster as Ohio State assured itself of the series win.
The teams conclude their series Sunday with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. Central time.
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