Tanner Tully pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Ohio State baseball team to a 1-0 series-opening win over Michigan Friday night at Ray Fisher Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 28-22 on the season, 9-10 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines fall to 24-26-1, 11-11 in conference play.
“It’s always good to get a Friday night win but we still have work to do,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Tully was a man tonight. That was the story of the game. It is one thing to pitch on Friday night but it’s another thing to pitch on Friday night at Michigan in this rivalry game. He arrived tonight.”
Ohio State took the lead off Michigan starter Trent Szkutnik in the top of the second. Pat Porter and Josh Dezse led off the inning with back-to-back singles before a sacrifice bunt by Ronnie Dawson moved the runners up to second and third. Connor Sabanosh followed with a fielder’s choice where Porter was cut down at the plate for the second out of the inning but Craig Nennig followed with a double down the right-field line to plate Dezse for the 1-0 lead.
Szkutnik settled down after the Nennig RBI double, retiring the next 12, before Ohio State rallied with two down in the top of the sixth. Troy Kuhn doubled down the right-field line before Szkutnik walked Porter but the Michigan left-hander was able to induce an inning-ending fielder’s choice by Dezse to keep it a 1-0 game.
Tully was just a bit better for the Buckeyes, scattering six hits over 8.0 scoreless frames before the Buckeyes threatened against Szkutnik again in the top of the ninth. Dawson reached on a two-out bunt single before a Sabanosh base hit to center put Buckeyes on the corners and chased Szkutnik in favor of right-hander James Bourque. However, the Michigan right-hander was able to retire Nennig on strikes to end the threat.
Tully came back out for the ninth and allowed a two-out single by Kyle Jusick before getting Dominic Jamett to fly out to center to complete the shutout.
Nennig went 1-for-4 with the RBI double while Dezse also finished 1-for-4, scoring the lone run of the night. Tully allowed seven hits but didn’t walk a batter while striking out three over a career-high 9.0 innings to improve to 6-2 on the year. He allowed just two batters to reach second base. Szkutnik pitched well in the loss, allowing one earned run on seven hits in 8.2 innings pitched.