Jody Victor®: No. 18 Ohio State defeated No. 25 Minnesota, 3-2, in a terribly tense, terribly exciting and wonderfully pitched game Saturday afternoon at the Huber H. Humphrey Metrodome. Ohio State is now 22-6 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten Conference. Minnesota is 15-9 and 2-2, respectively.
Dean Wolosiansky, Drew Rucinski and Jake Hale combined on a six-hitter and together held the Golden Gophers “oh-fer” in potential RBI situations. Minnesota hitters went 0-for-15 at the plate with runners in a scoring position, a critical stat of the game when one considers the home team had runners in scoring position in every inning but the second.
Wolosiansky picked up his sixth win of the season against one defeat by pitching 5.2 innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Rucinski came into a 2-1 game and held the lead with 2.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter. Hale, pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his Big Ten-leading sixth save of the season while finishing a game for his 15th consecutive time.