Feb. 18, 2018
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team finished off the 2018 Snowbird Classic with a 13-3 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday at North Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 3-1 in 2018, while the Panthers drop to 1-3 overall in 2018. Fifth-year senior Yianni Pavlopoulos tossed innings and scattered two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk to improve to 1-0. The OSU bats scored 13 runs on 14 hits in the getaway day victory. In all, nine Buckeyes made their season debuts vs. the Panthers.`
Conner Pohl was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and walk. Jacob Barnwell went 2-for-3 with two doubles, run scored and walk. Dominic Canzone had a pair of runs and hits with one walk, two stolen bases and one RBI. Brady Cherry drove in three runs on two hits and Bo Coolen had a pair of hits and two RBI with a run scored.
PANTHERS STRIKE FIRST
After a double play eliminated a potential scoring change for the Scarlet and Gray in the opening at-bat, the Panthers scored a pair of runs to take the early lead. Trevor Schwecke scored on a wild pitch, while Tyler Bordner singled to right field to make it 2-0.
OHIO STATE ANSWERS AND TAKES CONTROL
The Scarlet and Gray answered right back with three runs on three hits in the top of the second. With the bases loaded, Coolen singled through the right side to push
Conner Pohl home. Dominic Canzone beat out a potential double play to score Nate Romans and Brady Cherry worked a full count before getting the free pass RBI to plate Barnwell.
Barnwell smacked a two-out double off the wall in left in the top of the third, scoring Pohl from first base for a 4-2 score. The Buckeyes scored four times in the fourth inning to extend their lead to six runs. Brady Cherry singled to left field and Tyler Cowles walked with the bases loaded. Pinch hitter Dillon Dingler reached on a fielder’s choice and pushed Cherry around before a throwing error allowed Noah McGowan to cross the dish.
In the fifth, Cherry drove in his second run of the afternoon on a single over the head of the UWM third baseman. McGowan then scored Canzone on a sac fly to deep center for his 13th RBI on the weekend. Barnwell connected on a 1-1 pitch in the sixth for his second double to score pinch runner Ridge Winand and Coolen grounded out to allow Dingler to score a run. In the seventh, McGowan was awarded home plate after a balk was called.
Right-hander Thomas Waning tossed a scoreless sixth with one walk. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno threw a scoreless seventh with a strikeout and two walks. Jake Vance allowed one run on two hits with a walk and strikeout. Jonathan Jahn closed the door on the Panther with a scoreless ninth and a strikeout.
The Ohio State baseball team heads west for the second straight year to play in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge Feb. 22-25 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz. The Buckeyes will play four games, two against Utah and a pair of contests against No. 2 Oregon State.