COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Penn State baseball team dropped its series opener to Ohio State on Friday evening, falling 3-1 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Nittany Lions (11-26, 2-11 Big Ten) will take on the Buckeyes (26-13, 10-6 Big Ten) in a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 3:05 p.m. to conclude the weekend set. Sunday’s game has been cancelled due to impending weather conditions.
Senior Brad Goldberg earned the win for the Buckeyes, firing 6 1/3 innings with six hits and one earned run allowed. Goldberg, who moves to a 6-0 record on the season, struck out six while walking five.
The starter was relieved by senior David Fathalikhani and senior Brett McKinney, combining for 1.2 scoreless innings. Closer Trace Dempsey held the Lions scoreless in the ninth, as well, allowing just one hit in his 22nd appearance of the season.
Suffering the loss for the Lions, redshirt sophomore T.J. Jann made his seventh start of the season, firing 7 innings. Jann allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out three. Sophomore Ryan Harper came in to relieve Jann in the eighth, holding the Buckeyes to one hit and one earned run.
Ohio State extended its 2-1 lead to two runs in the bottom of the eighth, with senior Ryan Cypret recording his fourth home run of the season to lead off the Buckeyes. The Lions shut down the opposition’s offense for the remainder of the inning, with Harper striking out Bosiokovic, but the score would rest at 3-1 to give OSU its 10th Big Ten win of the season.