Ohio State and Iowa have a recent history in the Big Ten baseball tournament.
Iowa beat Ohio State in 2016 to send the Buckeyes to the loser’s bracket. However, Ohio State battled its way back to the Big Ten tournament championship game and beat Iowa to claim the tournament title.
This time, the two squared off in an elimination game with their tournament lives on the line. And once again, it was No. 7 Ohio State that came out on top with a 2-0 victory against No. 6 Iowa.
Ohio State’s top MLB draft prospect, junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner, delivered one of his strongest outings of the season, allowing three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out six and walked three.
Feltner received all the support he would need in the top of the first inning when senior left fielder Tyler Cowles shot a double into the left-center field gap to score junior shortstop Kobie Foppe from first.
Foppe drove in a run of his own in the top of the fifth when he singled to the right side to score redshirt sophomore pinch runner Matt Carpenter from third base. Foppe led all players with three hits in four at-bats.
After allowing back-to-back baserunners to reach base to start the seventh inning, Feltner was chased from the game with senior reliever Seth Kinker being called in from the bullpen. He struck out the first batter he faced and then got a ground ball to get the Buckeyes out of the inning. Kinker slammed the door, finishing the game with three shutout innings, XX strikeouts and no walks.
Feltner and Kinker combined to hold the Hawkeyes to just four hits. Ohio State finished the game with 10 hits.
Ohio State will face the loser of the Michigan-Purdue game, which takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Buckeyes will next play at 3:30 p.m. Friday.