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The Ohio State baseball team didn’t help their chances of making the Big Ten tournament by blowing a seven-run lead and losing their opening game at Indiana, 10-8, Thursday.
With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to an 11-11 record against Big Ten opponents. The top-six teams in the Big Ten make the conference tournament. After the loss, OSU is tied for sixth in the conference standings The top-six teams qualify for the tournament.
OSU got off to a hot start taking an 8-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the seventh inning by scoring six runs and cutting OSU’s lead to 8-7. Indiana then took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning by scoring three more runs and securing the comeback victory.
Sophomore outfielder Tim Wetzel, sophomore infielder Brad Hallberg and senior outfielder David Corna each had three hits for the Buckeyes in the losing effort.
Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Friday at 3:05 p.m. The Buckeyes are looking to pick up a win to secure their spot in the Big Ten tournament.