COLUMBUS, Ohio – Under the sloppiest playing conditions of the season, Marshall gave up four runs in the first inning en route to a 5-0 loss to Ohio State on Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Between intermittent periods of rain and a severe weather delay which saw the teams halt play for 40 minutes, Marshall dropped its record to 13-19 on the season. Ohio State improved to 21-10.
Senior centerfielder Isaac Ballou singled on the second pitch of the game to extend his streak of reaching base to 24 games, but Ohio State built a dominant lead with four runs on three hits, a walk, and an error in the bottom half. That, plus an RBI-single in the fourth, proved to be the difference in the game.
Ballou finished 3-for-4 with a trio of singles while freshman Chase Vogelbach’s 2-for-3 showing accounted for all but two of the Thundering Herd’s other hits.
Marshall threatened to cut into the OSU lead by putting two on with one out in the second and two on with none out in the eighth but grounded into a double play in each instance.
Sophomore Kyle Kessler (0-1) suffered the loss when he conceded four runs (only two of which were earned) through the first third of the opening inning. Seven Herd relievers saw action from the pen, most notably Matt Margaritonda who struck out two in a perfect sixth inning.
Chase Boster struck out three in 1.2 innings but also gave up the fourth-inning run from the Buckeyes.
OSU starting pitcher Jake Post took his second winning decision after keeping Marshall shut out over five innings. Post struck out four.
Marshall will continue its current road trip Friday when it goes to Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET with the series set to run through Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (10:30 a.m.).