The home side opened the scoring in the third inning when freshman Tre Gantt, making his first start, led off the inning with a single followed by a base hit from second baseman L Grant Davis. That brought the Buckeyes back to the top of the lineup, and sophomore center fielder Troy Montgomery delivered an RBI single to plate Gantt. A throwing error on the next at-bat doubled the score. Although Ohio State eventually loaded the bases with no outs, it was unable to push another run across the plate.
Those were the only runs the Buckeyes could get. In eight trips to the plate, OSU collected 12 hits but left a whopping 11 runners on base. Fortunately for the hosts, those runs were all they would need thanks to a collectively stellar pitching performance comprised entirely of relief pitchers.
Making his first start, long reliever Adam Niemeyer delivered exactly the outing the Buckeyes needed from him. The redshirt freshman put together five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three while walking one.
He was replaced by redshirt freshman Kyle Michalik, who submitted a perfect sixth inning but yielded his spot on the mound after giving up a leadoff single in the seventh. In came lefty specialist Michael Horejsei, who retired one of the two batters he faced. With runners on first and second, junior Jake Post recorded the last two outs to keep the Cards scoreless.
Post continued his success in the eighth inning, getting all three outs despite allowing a pair of base runners on singles.
The ninth inning belonged to closer Trace Dempsey, who holds the program record for career saves. He extended that number to 31 by fending off the Cardinals to record the final three outs of the game and preserve the shutout. It wasn't without a little bit of drama, though. The tying run came to the plate after a two-out single, but cleanup hitter Brendan McKay was punched out on a called third strike to end the game.
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