To say the Ohio State baseball team had a rough afternoon on Sunday would be (arguably) the largest understatement in world history. The Buckeyes lost to Florida State 37-6 in the final game of the Tallahassee Regional. No that isn’t a typo and yes you read that right, 37 for the Seminoles, 6 for the Buckeyes.
Florida State set NCAA postseason records with 37 runs, 38 hits and 66 total bases and set an NCAA record with 15 doubles. The Seminoles’ Stephen Cardullo set a tournament record with seven hits and three doubles. During the course of the game Florida State set or tied 18 NCAA, school or postseason records. The Seminoles were up 32-0 in the fifth inning.
The real story here is the Ohio State. I mean, guys, what happened?
The Buckeyes finished the year with a 42-19 record, they can’t have sucked that badly. Starting pitcher Jared Strayer allowed seven earned runs without recording an out. Andrew Armstrong – their fifth pitcher of the afternoon – was spanked for 11 earned runs in just one-third of an inning. To quote my dad when I read him that stat: “You don’t even see that in tee ball.”
If you’re Mike Martin Bob Todd, coach of the Buckeyes, what do you even say after a game like that? There’s no possible way you can spin it like “Well we had a great season,” or “Hey guys, sometimes they don’t go your way.” They lost by 31 runs in the final of a major college tournament to end the season. There’s no coming back from that. You can’t focus on the season’s positives when the final negative was so enormous it blocks out the sun.
For his own good I think Mike Martin Bob Todd should have his shoelaces and every other sharp object removed from his immediate possession.
*Thanks to the commenters for the heads up about mixing the coaches’ names up. I can read, really well in fact. It’s the whole reading comprehension thing I have issues with.