February 25, 2018

Buckeyes Drop Sunday Game to No. 2 Oregon State

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Feb. 25, 2018

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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.

UP NEXT
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.

GAME NOTES

  • Today’s game had the earliest first pitch on the 2018 schedule, 9 a.m. local time.
  • Ohio State finishes the 2018 Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge with a 2-2 record.
  • Barnwell extended his team-high hit streak to seven games.
  • Other hit streaks extended: Pohl (5) and Cowles (4).
  • Canzone’s 16-game reached base streak was snapped today (dating back to 2017).
  • McGowan had another impressive weekend at the plate, leading the team with a .450 batting average (9-for-20) with five runs scored, three doubles, one home run, six RBI and one walk. He leads the nation with 19 RBI.
  • In all seven Buckeyes batted over .300 at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. The team combined to hit .329.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALL PARK

  • It was a chilly morning in the desert to say the least. In fact, both teams were not allowed on the stadium field until about a half an hour until first pitch due to frost on the lush Bermuda grass. Coach Holick did his fungo work with the infield on the dirt track down the first base line. First pitch temperature was 43 degrees, four degrees colder than it was in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Due to the frost, the boys warmed up with Coach Hansen on the concourse at Surprise Stadium. They had a pretty cool background too as members of the Texas Rangers were getting some morning hacks in the cages. Big Leaguers like Rougned Odor Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos were getting ready for their first spring training game at Surprise Stadium vs. the Colorado Rockies. What a cool setting before playing your own baseball game.
  • Good news: The delicious brats served at the ball park were available down the third base line after the Ohio State SID missed out on them on Saturday. And boy did they live up to the hype. So delicious with a squirt of ball park mustard. Worth every penny of the $7.75 price. An average bun, but we’ll let that slide. A breakfast selection was offered as well for the morning ball game as coffee and pastries were available for $5.