Feb. 25, 2018
SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 6-1, against No. 2 Oregon State Sunday morning to conclude action at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Ariz. With the loss, the Buckeyes move to 5-3 overall in 2018 and Oregon State improves to 8-0. The Buckeyes finish their weekend in the desert with a 2-2 record.
BEAVERS JUMP OUT TO LEAD
Oregon State scored five runs in the first two innings against right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos. Larnach singled up the middle in the bottom of the first to plate the first run. Two errors in the bottom of the second were costly as the Beavers scored four times, all unearned runs. Kwan knocked a two-run single up the middle and Greiner had a two-run double that hopped over third base and down the left field line. Oregon State made it 6-0 in the fourth when Larnach doubled to right center.
GAMBRELL LIMITS OSU BATS
Oregon State starting pitcher Grant Gambrell received the win after scattering five hits in seven scoreless innings. He struck out 12 to claim his first win of the year.
OHIO STATE CHANCES
In the top of the third, Ohio State had two runners on after a single by Jacob Barnwell and fielder’s choice by Kobie Foppe, but couldn’t push any runs home. In the fifth, Bo Coolen singled to left center, but was left on first base. Tyler Cowles reached third base to start the seventh after a single and two-base error, but Gambrell got a pop-up, strikeout and fly out to leave him 90 feet away from the dish. In the ninth, Ohio State got on the board when Conner Pohl scored on a wild pitch for the team’s lone run. Cowles had two hits on the day with his final one coming in the ninth with one down.
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ON THE MOUND
Pavlopoulos received the loss to drop to 1-1. He allowed six runs, two earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work. Jake Vance worked two scoreless innings and struck out two, while Andrew Magno left two on base in the seventh with one walk. Curtiss Irving tossed a scoreless eighth.
Ohio State heads back to the Sunshine State next weekend to play three games at the Diamond Cox Invitational at the beautiful waterfront Blue Wahoos Stadium March 2-4 in Pensacola, Fla. Ohio State will play Nicholls State, No. 15 Southern Miss and Eastern Michigan.
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