Michael Trautwein drove in two runs and Ryan Bader pitched five innings of one-run relief to lead Northwestern to a 7-2 victory over Ohio State on Saturday in a Big Ten baseball game at Bill Davis Stadium.
Kobie Foppe had two hits for the Buckeyes (16-15, 2-3), who suffered their fourth consecutive loss. OSU starter Seth Lonsway (4-3) allowed three runs, all earned, in seven innings.Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our BuckeyeXtra newsletter
The Wildcats (13-14, 3-2), leading 3-1, broke it open with three runs in the eighth off reliever Thomas Waning. Alex Erro singled, went to third on Shawn Goosenberg's base hit and scored on Willie Bourbon's groundout to first base. Goosenberg went to third on Jack Dunn's single and scored on Ben Dickey's single. Trautwein's double to right-center field drove in Dunn for a 6-1 lead.
Joe Gahm relieved Waning and struck out Leo Kaplan on three pitches to end the inning.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Anthony Alepra on singles by Conner Pohl and Dillon Dingler and a walk to Zach Dezenzo. Andrew Fishel's groundout to first delivered Pohl to cut the Wildcats' lead to 6-2, but Alepra struck out Ridge Winand and Nick Erwin to end the threat.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases in the ninth, but Nick Paciorek struck out Pohl, Dingler and Dezenzo to end the game.