The Ohio State baseball team (3-0) started the season with a bang, sweeping Seton Hall in three games over the weekend in the Snowbird Baseball Classic.
The Ohio State pitching staff exploded onto the scene in the Buckeye’s season opener.
The Buckeyes began the season with a 4-3 win over Seton Hall on Friday. Strong pitching, along with multiple-RBI games from both junior right fielder Dominic Canzone and junior first baseman Conner Pohl, propelled the Buckeyes to the opening day win.
Redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway led the way with a nine-strikeout collegiate debut.
It didn’t take long for Lonsway to settle into his role, as he struck out the side to start the game. He went six innings and allowed one run in the win.
The game was close, with Ohio State leading 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, until Pohl brought in two runs with a single.
A two-run home run by Seton Hall junior first baseman Matt Toke at the top of the eighth inning pulled the game back to a single run, but Buckeye sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith earned a save to close out the game for the first win of the season.
Strong pitching from Ohio State continued on the second day of the Snowbird Baseball Classic.
Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn held Seton Hall to just one hit in eight innings of work, as the Buckeyes defeated the Pirates 6-0. Ohio State (2-0) tallied nine hits in the win.
Burhenn notched six strikeouts and no walks in a dominant debut performance.
The game was blown open when junior shortstop Noah West hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to push the lead to 5-0. This marked the third home run hit by the Buckeyes this season.
The youth of Ohio State positively impacted Ohio State on the offensive side as well. Freshman third baseman Marcus Ernst earned his first collegiate hit to go along with two runs scored.
Seton Hall’s one hit was made by sophomore catcher Jerry Huntzinger, and junior pitcher Noah Thompson was given the loss.
A strong first two innings put the Buckeyes in the driver’s seat for a third straight win to open the season.
Ohio State (3-0) completed the sweep against Seton Hall with a 5-3 victory. The Buckeyes scored all five runs in the first two innings, and a treacherous start for sophomore pitcher Tyler Burnham forced the Pirates to replace him after recording just one out.
In the bottom of the second inning, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone launched his second home run of the season, the team’s fourth in three games
Seton Hall chipped away at the lead, posting single-run innings in the fourth, fifth, and eighth.
Ohio State’s junior pitcher Jake Vance put up a solid five-inning performance, in which he struck out six and allowed two runs. Fifth-year senior Thomas Waning was credited with the save.
The Buckeye offense posted 15 runs in the series, while allowing only six runs.
The team will play a single game against Florida Gulf Coast on Monday. This will be the first true road game for the Buckeyes.