April 11, 2017

Buckeyes Drop Midweek Game to Cincinnati Tuesday Night

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April 11, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a quality start from left-handed starting pitcher Connor Curlis, the Ohio State baseball team fell, 7-1, against Cincinnati Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 14-18 overall, while the Bearcats improve to 16-16 overall in 2017.

GREAT START BY CC IN NO DECISION
Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis was sharp on the mound and had the longest outing of his career, working six innings and limiting the Bearcats to one run on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk. However, the OSU lefty received a no decision in his fourth start of the season.

CHERRY BOMB TO START
The Buckeyes grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Brady Cherry launched a 2-2 pitch off UC starter A.J. Olasz deep over the wall in left center for his third home run of the year.

BEARCATS TAKE THE LEAD
The lead for the Scarlet and Gray held until the top of the sixth. Cincinnati took the lead after a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh. In the sixth, a triple down the left field line by lead-off hitter R.J. Thompson set up a RBI grounder by A.J. Bumpass to tie it at 1-all. In the seventh, the bases were loaded for the Bearcats after a hit by pitch, single and fielder’s choice on a bunt attempt. A bases-clearing triple on a 0-2 pitch by Treg Haberkorn put the away team ahead, 4-1, through seven innings. Cincinnati added three runs on four hits in the top of the eighth to take a 7-1 lead.

PLAY(S) OF THE DAY
In his sixth start in left field, junior Noah McGowan made the play of the night. The native of Houston, Texas, robbed Manny Rodriguez of extra-bases when he raced down a line drive and made a diving grab in front of the warning track for the second out of the top of the fifth.

Dominic Canzone recorded the second out of the sixth when he ran into the padded wall in right and held on for the catch to take away extra-bases from the Bearcats.

BULLPEN TALK
Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik gave up three runs on two hits in 0.2 innings and falls to 1-2 on the year. Left-handed reliever Joe Stoll replaced Michalik on the mound and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning had a scoreless eighth with a strikeout.

⬆️5⃣ | Big Tex lays out and makes the diving grab! 🙀

What a catch by @Noah_McGowan4!

🐱 0, 🌰 1#GoBucks #SCTop10 https://t.co/ojKgAdTCq0

— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) April 11, 2017

UP NEXT
The Ohio State baseball team hosts Eastern Michigan at 6:35 p.m. ET Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State is now 69-25-2 all-time vs. Cincinnati. The Buckeyes hold a 44-13-1 mark in Columbus. The loss snaps a three-game win streak vs. the Bearcats.
  • Ohio State is now 340-172 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • The Buckeyes drop to 4-7 at home this season.
  • Cherry hit his third home run of the year and eighth of his career.
  • Washington started in his 100th career game tonight.
  • Curlis worked six innings tonight, the longest outing of his OSU career.
  • Canzone extended his hit streak and reached base streak to 10-consecutive games.