The Ohio State baseball team fell, 4-1, in its rubber game at Michigan Sunday afternoon at Ray Fisher Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 28-24, 9-12 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines move to 26-26-1, 13-11 in conference play.
Michigan jumped out to the early lead off Ohio State starter Greg Greve in the bottom of the second. Cole Martin and Kyle Jusick notched back-to-back singles to lead off the inning but Greve rolled a 6-3 double play by Kevin White as it appeared the Buckeye right-hander might get out of the inning unscathed. However, Dominic Jamett followed with a bloop single to center to score Martin for the Wolverine lead. Eric Jacobson then singled before a Nick Sergakis error loaded the bases and a wild pitch plated Jamett as Michigan took a 2-0 lead after two innings of play.
The Wolverines added to their lead with another run in the bottom of the third. After Greve retired the first two batters of the inning, Martin singled through the left side before Jusick drove him home with a double down the right-field line to push the lead to 3-0.
Michigan tacked on one more in the bottom of the fourth. With one down, Travis Maezes doubled down the right-field line, moved to third on a single by Jacob Cronenworth and scored on a squeeze bunt by Jackson Glines to make it a 4-0 Michigan lead.
Ohio State threatened against Michigan starter Brett Adcock in the top of the sixth. After the Michigan left-hander recorded the first two outs of the inning, Ronnie Dawson walked before a single through the right side on a hit-and-run by Troy Kuhn put runners at the corners with two down.
After Greve tossed a scoreless sixth, Jake Post pitched a perfect seventh and Tyler Giannonatti threw a scoreless eighth before Michigan went to James Bourque out of the bullpen to pitch the ninth. Bourque walked Kuhn to lead off the inning before the Buckeyes second baseman stole second. The Michigan right-hander then struck out Josh Dezse before Pat Porter lined an RBI double down the right-field line to score Kuhn. However, Bourque bounced back to get pinch-hitter Troy Montgomery to pop out before Aaron Gretz grounded out to second to end it.
Adcock picked up the win with 8.0 scoreless, innings, allowing two hits while striking out seven to improve to 7-3 on the year. Greve suffered the loss to drop to 6-4 on the year, allowing four runs, three earned over 6.0 innings.
Ohio State hosts Cincinnati at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.