May 13, 2017
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State baseball team bounced back with a 12-7 win at Iowa on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 20-31 overall and 7-13 in Big Ten play, while the Hawkeyes drop to 30-18 overall and 12-8 in conference action.
CC STRONG ON THE MOUND
Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis had a rock-solid start on the bump. He worked six innings and scattered four runs, one earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks to improve to 4-3 in 2017.
BUCKEYE BATS FIRE UP
With temperatures reaching in the low 80s in Iowa City, the OSU bats sprayed 19 hits as all nine starters recorded at least one knock. Zach Ratcliff went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, RBI and double, while Tre’ Gantt was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, double, two RBI and walk. Shea Murray was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and run scored and Noah West drove in three runs with a double. Conner Pohl also homered for the first time in his collegiate career.
BUCKEYES STRIKE FIRST
Just like yesterday, Ohio State scored first. Brady Cherry hit an opposite-field double down the right field line to score Tre’ Gantt from first base. Gantt reached safely on a one-out walk.
FOUR RUNS IN THE FOURTH
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 5-0 lead with four runs on four hits in the fourth vs. Iowa left-handed starter Ryan Erickson. Murray cracked his second hit of the day to score Zach Ratcliff. A two-run double by Noah West pushed it to a four-run lead. Gantt pushed home Murray on an infield single.
HAWKEYE SLUGGER DOES IT AGAIN
Iowa junior first-baseman Jake Adams continued to swing a hot bat at the plate, launching a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fourth to put the Black and Gold on the board. It was his Big Ten-best 18th long ball of the season.
BUCKEYES TACK ON TO LEAD
Ohio State continued to put the pressure on vs. the Iowa hurlers with a run in the fifth. The Buckeyes loaded the bases vs. right-handed reliever Drake Robinson after hits by Ratcliff and Bo Coolen and a walk to Murray. West took ball four on a 3-2 count to allow the sixth run to cross the plate. A two-run double by Jacob Barnwell in sixth made it 8-1
IOWA RALLIES WITHIN ONE
Down 7-1, Iowa rallied with six runs to put the score at 8-7 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray after seven stanzas. A two-out, three-run home run by Matt Hoeg in the sixth trimmed the lead to four runs. All three runs were unearned. In the bottom of the seventh, Iowa rallied with three more runs on three hits vs. the OSU bullpen to put the home team within one score.
The Buckeyes plated four big insurance runs in the top of the ninth vs. Iowa closer Josh Martsching. Murray led off with a solo shot over the wall in right. Gantt then scored Jalen Washington on a RBI double to the gap in left center. Pohl then blasted his first career home run with a three-run shot over the wall in right.
TO THE BULLPEN
Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik started the seventh and gave up two runs on one hit in 0.1 inning of work. Right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer threw 0.1 inning, allowing one run on one hit. Right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker recorded the final seven outs to claim his sixth save of the year. He worked 2.1 innings on no runs and one hit with two strikeouts.
Ohio State and Iowa conclude the series at 2:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Duane Banks Field. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and fans can listen on AM 1460 ESPN.