Penn State left the go-ahead run stranded on third base in the top of the ninth inning.
Ohio State made the Nittany Lions pay in the bottom half, clinching a 7-6 win on Troy Montgomery’s walk-off double Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Penn State’s Jack Anderson took the loss, allowing one run on two hits in 21/3 inning of relief. Ohio State’s Trace Dempsey pitched one scoreless inning to earn the win.
Penn State (8-17) erased a pair of deficits but never led in the loss.
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The Buckeyes scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead. The Nittany Lions cut into the deficit with a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth before pulling even in the top of the sixth on Ryan Richter’s RBI single.
Ohio State (21-7) regained the lead with back-to-back solo home runs by Pat Porter and Troy Kuhn with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
Aaron Novak responded with a solo home run in the seventh to bring Penn State within 6-5, and the Nittany Lions tied it in the eighth on an RBI single by James Coates.
Penn State’s Taylor Skerpon led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. But J.J. White popped up and Jim Haley flew out to end the inning.
Montgomery doubled down the right field line to score pinch-runner Tre’ Gantt and win the game in the bottom of the ninth.
The teams finish the series at 1:05 p.m. Monday.