The Ohio State Club Baseball team has started the season hot with the bats coming alive instantly. Last week the Buckeyes traveled to Tampa, Florida to take on a few of the top ranked teams in the nation: the #10 Gators, #2 University of Pitt and #16 Appalation State. Over the 6 game’s, the Bucks absolutely crushed the ball achieving a team batting average of .302 and 44 total runs scored. Coupled with great pitching, the buckeyes went 5-0 vs ranked opponents and moved up in the National rankings to #9 in the nation. OSU pitcher Mike Leone commented, “Everyone’s making great contact with the ball, we’ve hardly had any easy outs. I’m glad I don’t have to pitch against these guys.”
This weekend they continued their hot streak against Ohio University. The 3 game series would mostly likely determine the conference champion for the season. OU took advantage of a few buckeye mistakes in the chilly Saturday morning face-off winning game 1. The Buck’s came to play the 2nd game of the double header and tied the series at 1 apiece. The winner of the series would have be decided by a 3rd game, which ended up being one of the most unique games of baseball ever played by each team.
The deciding game was started 2 hours earlier than planned to avoid the impending snow storm coming across the midwest. OSU led off the game by scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st, feeling like the game would be an easy win. But by the 3rd inning the score was 13-3 OU, with the momentum favoring the Bobcats. Knowing that the season was on the line and the Road to Tampa (location of the World Series) could be stopped that snowy morning, the buckeyes needed to act quickly or the chance of a run-rule was more than a possibility. Unfortunately OU added another 3 runs to their commanding lead making the score 16-3. Then something happened, whether it was the makeshift fireplace the buckeye dugout started or the baseball gods holding off the severe snow storm on the way, the Bucks bats came alive and produced an astonishing 27 runs over the next 4 innings to beat OU 30-17! Any game with that many runs is extremely unusual, but for a team to be down 13 and then win by 13 just shows the capability and spirit of the Buckeye players chasing the dream of winning a world series.