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Columbus, Ohio – A total of 10 home runs were hit on a muggy Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium, but Penn State had the bigger hit, winning the opening game of that weekend series 13-7.
The Buckeyes (17-29, 6-14) hit four home runs and had 14 hits on the night. Freshman Trey Lipsey had his 11thth Multi-hit game of the season, and six of the nine Buckeye starters have multiple hits in the game.
- Zach Dezenzo met his team-leading 14th home run of the season and he now has 33 for his career. Dezenzo increased his career hitting streak to 14 games with the first inning home run
- student in the first year Trey Lipsey had a three-hit night and fell behind the cycle three times. He was 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. His home run in the ninth was his sixth this season.
- Mitchell Okuley hit his sixth home run of the season in the second inning, which is his fourth in his last 11 games.
- Brent Tods The two games against Campbell were unsuccessful, but the reigning Big Ten player of the week racked up two hits tonight. He laced an RBI double in his first at-bat and then had a single in the ninth.
- Buckeye 7-8-9 hitters Colton Bauer, Okuley and Archer Brookman each had two hits that night.
- In all, six different Buckeyes had multi-hit games.
How it happened
Penn State jumped over Buckeye starter Nate Haberthier in the first inning, hitting three homers and scoring five goals. Ohio State responded with a decenzo home run and a Todys RBI double in the bottom of the first.
Okuley made it a 5-3 game with a homer in the second, but Penn State responded with two homers in the third and fourth innings to lead 9-3.
Colton Bauer hit a solo shot in the sixth inning and PSU pinned another solo home run in the eighth to make it 10-4. The Buckeyes got two runs closer in the bottom half of the round of 16 when Marcus Ernst singled home Bauer and hit Brookman on a wild pitch.
Penn State eliminated any doubt with three runs in the ninth. Trey Lipsey collected his third hit of the night in the bottom half of the ninth, a deep home run to right midfield to forge the final 13-7 lead.
The teams play the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. Isaiah Coupet will take the ball for the Buckeyes and his 12thth Beginning of the year.