May 25, 2016
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan baseball team didn’t beat Ohio State in the regular season.
And, the fifth-seeded Wolverines were unable to snap their skid against the rival Buckeyes with an 8-3 loss to No. 4 seed Ohio State early Thursday morning in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Nebraska.
Michigan (35-19), which was swept in a three-game series against Ohio State (39-17-1) earlier this month, held a 2-1 lead before the Buckeyes exploded for six runs in the fifth inning en route to the win.
Brett Adcock (7-5) took the loss after being charged with six runs on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts over four innings. Jonathan Engelmann went 2-for-3 while Drew Lugbauer had a two-run home run to lead Michigan at the plate.
Tanner Tully (8-3) recorded the win on the mound after giving up three runs on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts over seven innings. Nick Sergakis (two home runs) and Ronnie Dawson combined for six hits and three RBIs for the Buckeyes.
Michigan, the defending Big Ten Tournament champion, will play No. 1 seed Minnesota at 2 p.m. Thursday in the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The championship game will be Sunday with an NCAA Tournament berth on the line.
The first three Big Ten Tournament games Wednesday all featured wins by lower seeds. No. 6 seed Maryland beat No. 3 Indiana 5-3, No. 7 Michigan State beat No. 2 Nebraska 5-1 and No. 8 Iowa beat No. 1 Minnesota 8-2.