May 3, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team suffered a 5-3 loss vs. No. 4 Texas Tech Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the defeat, the Buckeyes fall to 17-27 overall, while the Red Raiders improve to 37-12. Freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell was 2-for-4 with a run scored and triple.
CANZONE GUIDES THE BUCKEYES TO AN EARLY LEAD
Ohio State jumped out to the early 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first. Junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt started the momentum when he reached first on a lead-off walk. After stealing second, Canzone continued the hot hitting when he ripped a 3-2 count off freshman right-hander Jake McDonald for a single up the middle and put the Buckeyes ahead, 1-0.
In the second, Canzone knocked a two-out single off McDonald to plate Shea Murray from third base. Sophomore designated hitter Andrew Fishel was called out at home plate on a bang-bang play to retire the second. The bases were loaded after a walk to freshman second baseman Conner Pohl, single by Murray and walk to Fishel. The Buckeyes were rewarded with three lead-off walks to start the game, but left five total runners on base through the first three innings. Overall, the squad stranded 10 on base on the night.
RED RAIDERS TIE THE GAME
Texas Tech tied the game at 2-all with some two-out hits in the top of the fourth. With a runner on second, Michael Berglund singled to center field to make it a 2-1 contest. A double down the left field line by Cody Farhat evened the tides and ended freshman pitcher Jake Vance’s day on the mound. Left-handed reliever Joe Stoll left a runner on third base with a high fastball for a swinging strike three.
SOLID JOB OUT OF THE ROOKIE
In his third start of the year, freshman right-handed pitcher Jake Vance was steady on the mound vs. the fourth-ranked team in the country. He kept the Red Raiders off the board through the first three frames, striking out the side and leaving a runner on third in the top of the third. He allowed two, two-out RBI hits to end his night in the top of the fourth. He worked 3.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and a career-high five strikeouts.
TEXAS TECH TAKES THE LEAD
The Red Raiders scored one run in the top of the fifth to claim their first lead of the evening. Lead-off hitter Grant Little doubled down the left field line to start the at-bat. He advanced to third base on a fly out before being pushed home on a ground out to third base. The Red Raiders added a run in the eighth when Orlando Garcia singled to center field to score Hunter Hargrove, who started the inning with a double to left center.
BUCKEYES TRIM THE DEFICIT
Ohio State cut the TTU lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Barnwell singled before pinch hitter Noah West singled to center to put the first two aboard. A wild pitch advanced both runners. Murray then put a charge on a 2-2 pitch vs. right-handed reliever John McMillon to score Barnwell on a sac fly to the warning track in left. However, the Buckeyes couldn’t push the tying run across as left-handed reliever Parker Mushinksi got the strikeout to end the eighth.
MISCUES PLATE A TTU RUN IN THE NINTH
The Red Raiders scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth, taking advantage of two OSU errors. A fielding error allowed Little to reach. Following a walk, a throwing error from the left side scored the fifth and final Texas Tech run.
TO THE BULLPEN
Fifth-year senior left-handed reliever Joe Stoll pitched 0.1 innings with one strikeout. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer came in to start the fourth. He worked 1.2 innings and gave up one run on three hits with two strikeouts and falls to 2-3 on the year. Sophomore left-handed reliever Connor Curlis threw 1.1 innings and allowed one hit with a pair of strikeouts. Sophomore right-handed reliever Ryan Feltner pitched the eighth and gave up one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Michalik allowed one unearned run on one walk and strikeout in 0.2 innings. Redshirt junior right-handed reliever Curtiss Irving was the seventh and final pitcher to make an appearance, recording the final out on one pitch in the top of the ninth.
The Buckeyes travel up north to face No. 17 Michigan Friday-Sunday at Ray Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Game one and game two will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Game three will be televised live on BTN. All three games can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN.