April 27, 2018

Buckeyes Drop Opener vs. No. 21 Minnesota Friday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 11-1, Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 27-12 overall and 8-5 in Big Ten play, while the Golden Gophers improve to 27-11 overall and 10-2 in conference action.

GAME SUMMARY

– The Gophers jumped out to a 7-1 lead after three innings against Ohio State left-handed starting pitcher Connor Curlis. Minnesota scored the first run in the top of the first on a sac fly. In the second, the Gophers scored two unearned runs on two OSU errors. Following a dropped foul ball, Cole McDevitt hit a solo home run. A sac fly scored the third run. In the third, the Gophers knocked five hits to cross the plate four times. Terrin Vavra had a solo homer and Jordan Kozicky had a two-run single. Alex Boxwell also drove in a run on a RBI single.

– Ohio State scored a run in the bottom of the first on a RBI grounder by Conner Pohl.

– Minnesota opened the game in the sixth with four runs off the OSU bullpen.

– Curlis received the loss to fall to 5-3 on the year. He allowed seven runs, five earned, on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Minnesota starter Reggie Meyer limited the OSU bats to one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks to improve to 4-2 in 201

– ZACH FARMER MEMORIAL GAME

The Buckeyes held their Zach Farmer Memorial Game before tonight. Luke, a nine-year old who recently finished his cancer treatment, threw out the honorary first pitch during pregame. It was a perfect strike right down the middle in the back of the glove of senior Seth Kinker. What an awesome moment for everyone to witness.

In the summer of 2015, the Buckeyes lost their teammate and friend Zach Farmer after his battle with leukemia. During his fight, Zach helped raise awareness for the bone marrow registry through Be The Match, starting a campus drive with help from his Buckeye teammates. The organization provides marrow transplants in the United States from volunteer unrelated donors to leukemia patients. Two years ago, Minnesota’s pitching coach Todd Oakes passed away after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Oakes spent 18 years with the Maroon and Gold. On Friday, the two teams honored both Farmer and Oakes before first pitch. Both teams wore orange wristbands that had the letters “ZF” and “TO” labeled on each side. Fans could also purchase the wristband for $5 with all donations going to the Be The Match Foundation.

GAME NOTES

– Ohio State falls to 12-4 at home this season.

– Tonight was a season-high in home attendance: 1,610

– Foppe extended his reached base streak to 22 contests.

– McGowan extended his reached base streak to 17 games and hit streak to seven games.

– Canzone registered his 17th multi-hit game. He extended his reached base streak to six games.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Minnesota meet for game two of the series at 3:05 p.m. ET Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner (4-2, 4.39 ERA) squares off vs. freshman right-handed pitcher Patrick Fredrickson (5-0, 1.68 ERA). The game will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.