The Ohio State baseball team overpowered the Seton Hall Pirates 9-3 on Friday behind another offensive explosion from right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic.
The 6-foot-5 redshirt junior went 4-for-5 at the plate, including his Big Ten-leading fifth home run, three doubles and three RBIs.
In a video posted to the team’s Twitter account, Bosiokovic said his big hitting day can be attributed to his ability to stay patient, identify pitches and capitalize on fastballs.
“It’s a great feeling to be able string together good at-bats and help out the team,” he said.
The win moves the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 6-2-1, while the loss drops Seton Hall’s to 4-6.
OSU coach Greg Beals said in a press release that the Buckeyes got off to a slow start to begin the weekend due to the early start time of 11 a.m. in Port Charlotte, Florida, yet he was still happy with the outcome of the game.
“(Junior starting pitcher) Tanner Tully wasn’t as sharp as he normally is but (he) did a good job of competing and kept us in the ball game,” Beals said. “He gave our offense a chance to catch up and that was the story of the game — the back half of the ball game we swung the bat extremely well. (Bosiokovic) got us started with the home run and followed it up with several doubles.”
OSU redshirt sophomore reliever Austin Woodby (2-0) picked up his second win of the season, pitching one inning of scoreless baseball. Junior relief pitcher Zach Prendergast (1-2) was tagged with the loss for the Pirates.
Tully, OSU’s starter for the game, earned a no-decision in the contest. On the day, Tully allowed three runs on six hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work for the Buckeyes.
Despite the victory, one negative came out of the day as OSU junior center fielder Troy Montgomery’s on-base streak was snapped at 37 games after going 0-for-5. This was Montgomery’s first game back after missing three games last weekend due to a head injury. OSU senior infielder Nick Sergakis went 1-for-5 in the win, stretching his season-long hitting streak to nine games.
Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer is set to be on the bump Saturday for the Buckeyes as they now turn their attention to the Illinois State Redbirds. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Game 2 of the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte.