JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Ohio State used two big five-run innings and held Western Michigan (4-5) to just three hits, defeating the Broncos, 10-1, at the Kennel Club Classic Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State (5-3) started early, scoring five runs on seven hits, in its opening at bat. WMU got a run back in the bottom half of the inning to bring the score to 5-1 after the first frame. The Broncos scored the run without a hit, using two walks, a fielder’s choice and a throwing error.
After the shaky start, Bronco pitcher Billy Morrison limited the Buckeyes to just three hits over the next five innings. Ohio State would break out for another big inning in the seventh, however, and would end Morrison’s day after 6.2 innings of work. The Buckeyes pushed their lead to 10-1, scoring five runs on six hits and a Bronco miscue.
Morrison (1-1) was handed the loss, allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on 16 hits. Brett Newsome pitched 2.1 innings of relief, without allowing a hit and had just two base runners (error and hit batsman).
OSU starter Cory Luebke (2-0) threw a complete game, earning the win. Luebke surrendered one unearned run, three hits and struck out four, while walking three in the nine-inning effort.
Six different Buckeyes had multi-hit games, led by J.B. Shuck, who was 3-for-5, with two RBI.
The Broncos will close out their spring trip on Sunday, with a doubleheader against Jacksonville, beginning at 1 p.m.