COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Texas Tech baseball team wrapped up its midweek portion of the 2017 regular season with a 5-3 victory over Ohio State on a cold Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Red Raiders (37-12) improved to 12-2 in midweek contests this year with the win over the Buckeyes (17-27). It was only the second time the two programs have ever squared off on the diamond, as Tech picked up a 9-4 win over Ohio State in 2004 at the Houston College Classic.
Freshman right-hander Jake McDonald got the start for the Red Raiders on Wednesday night, his third of the year. The Maud native tossed 2.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out two & walking four. Junior righty Jose Quezada earned his fourth win of the year after throwing 2.2 frames of no-hit ball to improve to 4-4 in 2017. Junior left-hander Parker Mushinski was credited with the save after finishing off the final 1.1 innings of shutout baseball, ringing up three Buckeyes, including one for the final out of the game.
The Red Raiders tallied nine hits against the Buckeyes, with freshman catcher Michael Berglund and senior infielder Hunter Hargrove posted three and two, respectively. It was Hargrove's 19th multi-hit game this season, who also scored twice along with freshman outfielder Grant Little.
The Buckeyes got on the board first in the opening frame behind an RBI single from Canzone. The knock plated Gantt, who began the inning with a walk, then moved over to second on a stolen base. That would be all Ohio State would get, as McDonald ended the frame with a strikeout & groundout.
Ohio State tacked on another in the bottom of the second, once again off the bat of Canzone via a single. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Gantt hit a comebacker to McDonald, who flipped it home to Berglund for the first out of the inning. McDonald got the second out behind a full-count strikeout to put two away, but Canzone's single to right field added to the Buckeye lead. Fishel attempted to score from second; however, senior Ryan Long fired a bullet to Berglund at home just in time to catch home and keep the damage to one run.
Tech knotted the game at two with a pair of two-out base hits from Berglund & sophomore Cody Farhat in the fourth. With Hargrove on second, who walked & moved to the bag on a wild pitch, Berglund ripped his second hit of the day to center field to drive him in. Shortly after, Farhat smacked a double down the left field line, allowing Berglund to cruise across home to tie the game at two.
The Red Raiders took the lead in the fifth thanks to an RBI groundout from freshman Josh Jung, scoring Little from third to go up, 3-2. The frame began with a double down the left field line from Little, who moved over to third with on a fly out to center field.
After two scoreless frames, Tech picked up another run in the eighth to extend the lead to 4-2. Hargrove smacked a double past the diving left fielder to the wall and would quickly scoot home after Garcia dropped a single center field.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Buckeyes answered with a run of their own. After back-to-back singles & a wild pitch to put two in scoring position, freshman righty John McMillon took over on the mound for Tech. Ohio State plated the run with a sacrifice fly from Murray to cut it to 4-3. McMillon then induced a groundout to Jung with a runner on third before giving way to Mushinski, who rung up Gantt at the top of the order to end the threat.
In the ninth, Tech took advantage of a pair of Buckeye errors, as Little reached with two away on an fielding error by the shortstop, then scored thanks to a throwing error by the shortstop a couple hitters later for the 5-3 lead. Mushinski returned for the bottom of the inning and quickly mowed through the Buckeyes to secure his third save of the year.
The Red Raiders travel from Columbus to Morgantown to take on West Virginia on May 5-7 at Monongalia County Ballpark.