May 16, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifth-year seniors Zach Ratcliff and Shea Murray both homered as the Ohio State baseball team won, 11-8, against Toledo Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 21-32 overall, while the Rockets fall to 15-37 in 2017.
ROCKETS SCORE FIRST
Toledo chalked the first run in top of the first vs. right-handed starter Jake Vance. A RBI double by Dalton Bollinger scored Riley Campbell. It was Bollinger’s team-high 18th double of the year.
TOLEDO ERROR PUSHES TWO OSU RUNS HOME
With Conner Pohl on second and Zach Ratcliff on third, a ground ball was hit by Shea Murray to second base. The throw to first was offline and allowed both runners to cross the dish. Ratcliff led off the inning with his eighth double of the season and Pohl walked. A balk by UT starter Joey Prechtel put both in scoring position.
ROCKETS REGAIN THE LEAD
The Rockets plated three runs on four hits in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. A single down the right field line by Jake Krupar evened it at 2-all. Toledo regained the lead on a squeeze play as Matt Hansen got the bunt down and Corey Tipton beat the toss at home with a feet-first slide. Riley Campbell pushed it to two run with a single down the left field line.
BUCKEYES ANSWER WITH THREE
Shea Murray, who came into the game hitting .409 in his last five, crushed a 3-2 breaking ball deep over the wall in left to tie the game at 4-all. It was his third home run of the season. Toledo right-handed reliever Austin Calopietro then relieved Prechtel on the mound and hit a batter and walked two other OSU hitters to give Ohio State a 5-4 lead. Noah West singled vs. Prechtel and scored on the RBI walk by Dominic Canzone.
RATTY DINGER EXTENDS THE LEAD
Ratcliff, who also has a hot bat as of late with a .421 average in his last five, launched his team-high seventh home run of the year vs. right-handed reliever Nolan Silberhorn on a 0-2 count to push the lead to four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Brady Cherry and Gantt both walked and scored on the home run.
ROCKETS STRIKE RIGHT BACK
A sacrifice fly by AJ Montoya and three-run home run by Ross Adolph tied the game 8-8 at stretch time in the seventh.
OHIO STATE GOES BACK ON TOP
Ohio State plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take its third lead of the night. After a lead-off single by Murray, pinch-hitter Bo Coolen knocked a one-out triple to the gap in left center to make it a 9-8 contest. A RBI single by Gantt pushed it to two runs. Gantt cracked another RBI infield single in the bottom of the eighth for the 11-8 advantage.
ON THE MOUND
Vance worked four innings and allowed four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks in a no decision. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby pitched three innings and received the win to improve to 3-1 in 2017. He gave up four runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning came in with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded and rolled a double play to keep the two-run lead. He tossed 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to pick up his first save as a Buckeye.
Ohio State concludes the 2017 regular season with a three-game series vs. Indiana Thursday-Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and fans can listen on AM 1460 ESPN.