Ohio State senior utility player Noah McGowan (4) connects with a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for Design

After a trio of impressive pitching performances against Seton Hall to open the season, it was Ohio State’s pitching that once again came up big.

Ohio State (4-0) defeated Florida Gulf Coast (2-2) by a score of 2-0 on Monday. The Buckeyes shut down an Eagles offense that had scored 38 runs in its first three games of the season.

Sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith continued the trend of strong starting pitching for the Buckeyes, going five innings and allowing only one hit.

Freshman pitcher Bayden Root added three scoreless innings in his debut, and junior pitcher Andrew Magno picked up the first save of his career.

The offense ran through senior left fielder Brady Cherry, who reached base four times and scored both runs for the Buckeyes. Cherry launched a solo home run, his second of the season, in top of the second inning.

The Buckeye offense has now hit a home run in all four games this season.

Ohio State will return to the field at 3 p.m. Friday against Brigham Young as part of the Kleberg Bank College Classic.