May 12, 2017
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 9-5, at Iowa Friday evening in a Big Ten road series opener at Duane Banks Field. Ohio State scored the first run of the game in the second, but Iowa answered with runs in six straight innings to claim its 17th home win of 2017. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 19-31 overall and 6-13 in Big Ten play, while the Hawkeyes improve to 30-17 overall and 12-7 in conference action.
BUCKEYES SCORE FIRST
Ohio State chalked up the first run in the top of the second on a perfect night for baseball in Iowa City, Iowa. After a lead-off walk to Brady Cherry, a hit-and-run play put runners on the corners on a base-hit through the right side by Bo Coolen. Jacob Barnwell pushed the run home on a safety squeeze play vs. Iowa right-handed starting pitcher Nick Gallagher.
HAWKEYE SLUGGER TIES THE GAME
Hawkeye first baseman Jake Adams tied the game at 1-all with two outs in the bottom of the third vs. Ohio State right-handed starting pitcher Jake Post. The Big Ten home run leader heading into the game, Adams knocked a 2-2 pitch to dead center over the 396 marker to make it 1-1.
MISCUE GIVES IOWA THE LEAD
The Hawkeyes took a 2-1 lead vs. Post in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of an OSU fielding error. With a runner on second and two away, nine-hole hitter Mitchell Boe hit a groundball up the middle and it went underneath a Buckeye glove to allow Ben Norman to score.
HAWKEYES EXTEND THE LEAD
Iowa scored three times in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. A single up the middle Robert Neustrom plated the third Hawkeye score. Post was then relieved by right-handed reliever Thomas Waning. He allowed a run to score on a balk before a fielder’s choice created a four-run deficit. Jalen Washington limited the damage when he fielded a ball up the middle and turned a double play to end the fifth. The Hawkeyes pushed the lead back to four in the bottom of the sixth, scoring a run with the bases loaded on the third double play turn of the evening for the Scarlet and Gray. Back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the seventh made it 7-2 in favor of the Black and Gold. The Hawkeyes scored two runs on three hits and two OSU errors in the eighth.
Sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell gave the Buckeyes some juice at the plate in the sixth when he hit an opposite field, solo home run over the wall in right with two outs vs. Gallagher.
NINTH-ININNG RALLY FALLS SHORT
Down seven, Washington blasted his sixth home run of the year with a three-run home run vs. left-handed pitcher Kyle Shimp in the top of the ninth to make it a 9-5 contest. However, Iowa right-handed reliever Nick Nelsen struck out the final OSU batter to end the game.
THREE HITS IN TWO INNNINGS BUT NO RUNS
Dominic Canzone and Cherry each singled to start the fourth vs. Gallagher. However, Canzone was picked off second by Iowa catcher Tyler Cropley for the first out. Two strikeouts by Gallagher then left two runners on base. In the seventh, Ohio State loaded the bases vs. Gallagher, but Cherry flew out at the warning track in left to leave them loaded.
ON THE MOUND
Post worked four innings and allowed five runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts to fall to 1-6 on the year. Waning tossed 2.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with one walk. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby finished the game, recording the final five outs and allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout.
Ohio State and Iowa meet in game two of the series at 3:05 p.m. ET Saturday from Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa. Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis (3-3, 4.53 ERA) is on the mound for the Buckeyes, while left-hander pitcher Ryan Erickson (2-2, 2.70 ERA) gets the ball for the Hawkeyes. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and fans can also listen on AM 1460) ESPN.