March 14, 2018
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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Ohio State baseball team finished off its spring break trip with an 8-1 win at UNC Wilmington Wednesday at Brooks Field. With the midweek series sweep, the Buckeyes improve to 11-6 overall, while the Seahawks drop to 11-6 in 2018. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Vance claimed his first collegiate win in a controlled start, while sophomore Dominic Canzone had his eighth multi-hit game of the year.
SOLID CONTROLLED START, FIRST CAREER WIN
Vance was efficient on the bump in his first start of 2018. In four innings of work, the native of Canton, Ohio, limited the Seahawk bats to one run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
BUCKEYES PLATE FIVE IN THE OPENING FRAMES
Just like yesterday the Buckeyes got off to a strong start, scoring three times in the top of the first against right-hander Nick Bruno. Canzone doubled down the left field line on a 1-2 pitch to open the game before West knocked an 0-2 count for a base hit. With runners on the corners, Noah McGowan lifted a fly ball to center field for the first run. Pohl drove in West on a RBI single to make it 3-0. In the second, Canzone launched his third home run of the year for a two-run shot over the wall in center.
JONES WINS IN THE WIND
Jones made two diving plays in centerfield early in the game to take away hits from the Seahawks. He chased down a ball in the left center gap to retire the first out in the second. In the third, Jones battled the wind straight on with a diving grab in shallow center field.
Ohio State continued to put pressure on the Seahawk pitching staff as the Buckeyes got the lead-off man aboard for the third time in the top of the fourth when Jones walked. The Scarlet and Gray had runners on the corners with one down and Brady Cherry hustled down the line to beat out a potential ground ball double play, allowing Jones to score the sixth run of the game.
The bats kept attacking, taking advantage of free passes by the UNCW arms. In the fifth, Jones knocked a two-out base hit up the middle for the seventh run. Following an infield single by Canzone to load the bases, a fielding error at third base allowed Dillon Dingler to score to make it 8-1.
UNCW SCORING PLAYS
The OSU defense gave the Seahawks their first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Miss communication between the OSU outfielders in the gap in left center allowed a fly ball to drop to plate a run. It went in the books as a RBI double for Cole Weiss.
BULLPEN PUTS UP ZEROS
Once again it was a collected effort by the pitching staff tonight. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno tossed a scoreless fifth with a pair of strikeouts on one hit. Right-handed pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos made his second relief appearance of the season and walked two and struck out a pair. Right-handed relievers Kyle Michalik and Thomas Waning put up bagels in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker closed the door on the Seahawks with a scoreless ninth.
Ohio State opens the 2018 home schedule with a three-game series against Cal State Northridge Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The home opener is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Friday against the Matadors. The opening series will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).
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