March 14, 2018

Buckeyes Claim Midweek Sweep at UNCW Wednesday

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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.

IN THE BOX SCORE
Dominic Canzone was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, double, home run and two RBI.  Noah West, Conner Pohl and Malik Jones also had base hits in the road win.

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.

MORE RUNS
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.

UP NEXT
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 ($).

GAME NOTES

  • The game today concludes the Buckeyes’ 17-game road swing to start the 2018 campaign. Ohio State goes 4-2 during it spring break trip.
  • Ohio State improves to 3-1 all-time vs. the Seahawks. The Buckeyes claim their first midweek series sweep of the season.
  • Cowles’ career-high 12-game hit streak was snapped today. He’s reached base in all 17 games in 2018 (career-high).
  • McGowan now has 26 RBI, which leads the Big Ten.
  • Canzone has eight multi-hit games in 2018.   

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALL PARK

  • Last day of the six-game road trip for the boys. It’s felt like a month since we’ve last seen Columbus. Thankfully, the beds at our hotel in Wilmington were heavenly last night. Just the right amount of softness and firmness. Plenty of pillows. Everyone got some healthy REM sleep time before getaway day.
  • It felt more like a chilly day in the Midwest on the campus of Wilmington today. Pretty brutal conditions to play baseball. Windy. Super, super windy. Like you’re at a Cleveland Browns game in December. Or Buffalo. Or Chicago. Gusts were up to 35 miles per hour blowing from right to left field. That didn’t stop volunteer coach Dan DeLucia from getting his routine long toss in. The only three-time captain in OSU history, and the Buckeye Baseball Eating Champion of the World, was seen firing missiles from the left field foul line to warning track in right center. Into the wind? No big deal. Some people are just blessed with handsome smiles and laser-rocket arms.
  • Coach Stafford had some fun in front of the camera with his staff before the game today. Check it out on our twitter page @OhioState_BASE. Or just keep scrolling down on the web.
  • The Ohio State SID once again got the hookup with the food truck this afternoon. He was looking forward to the BBQ truck, but it never showed up. Sad. But not to worry. He went right back to the Seahawk Food Wagon and got one of the most popular items on the menu, loaded tots. And boy, were they loaded. Tasty sweet chili covered with a spicy chipotle ranch sauce. Underneath those delicious layers were the jalapenos along with some green onion to enhance the overall flavor. Somewhere underneath it all were the tots. They were lost in the sauce.
  • Ice cream on a cold and windy day? Why not. Free ice cream was passed out behind the press box. The people at the stand were basically begging people to take some or two, or three. You can’t waste good ice cream, but tough afternoon for fans to enjoy. Unless you’re in the media. It was a pleasant and comfortable 72 degrees in the press box. No breeze. Perfect typing conditions. And a great environment to consume some savory treats.
  • Charter flight for the boys tonight to the `Bus, so that’s all our random notes on the road for now. UNCW is a great place to visit. Friendly and welcoming. The UNCW SID even gave the leftover pastries in the press box from a local bakery to the boys. Best of luck the rest of the way, Seahawks.

Coach Mike, and the boys. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

First pitch coming up from Wilmington. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/d13MKmzcpo

— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) March 14, 2018