May 6, 2017

Buckeyes Fall at No. 17 Michigan, 5-2

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May 6, 2017

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.  – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 5-2, against No. 17 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 17-29 overall and 5-12 in Big Ten play, while Wolverines improve to 36-10 overall and 11-6 in conference action. 

OHIO STATE SCORES FIRST
The Buckeyes found the first run of the game in top of the third vs. UM right-handed starter Alec Rennard. Andrew Fishel started it with a first-pitch single up the middle with one down. Jalen Washington then reached on a single. With two down, the hottest hitter in the Buckeye lineup gave the Scarlet and Gray the early lead as Canzone took a 0-2 pitch off Rennard to the left center gap to plate Fishel for the 1-0 advantage. Ohio State had a chance to extend the lead with the bases loaded, but a ground out left them loaded.

WOLVERINES ANSWER
Michigan manufactured a run in the bottom of the third to even the game at 1-all.  Jimmy Kerr sent a ground-rule double over the wall in deep center before taking third on a stolen base. Harrison Wenson then hit a fly ball to center field to push home the UM run.

MICHIGAN TAKES THE LEAD, SEALS SERIES WIN
The Wolverines took the lead in the next at-bat after back-to-back doubles by Michael Brdar and Drew Lugbauer in the bottom of the fourth vs. Ohio State left-handed starting pitcher Connor Curlis. Rennard improved to 6-1, throwing seven innings and allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Michigan added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on a single and two errors.  

CURLIS SOLID ON THE MOUND
Curlis did a great job keeping the deficit to one run in his sixth start of the season. After the second UM run crossed in the bottom of the fourth, Curlis retired the next two batters to keep it 2-1. He left two runners on to end his outing in the bottom of the fifth with his fourth strikeout of the game. He worked five innings and allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks, but received the loss to fall to 3-3 in 2017.

MURRAY DIVING PLAY
Fifth-year senior Shea Murray made an incredible catch in shallow left field to retire the first out of the bottom of the sixth. Brdar looked like he would reach on a bloop-single on a 2-0 count vs. right-handed reliever Ryan Feltner, but Murray and his 6-6 frame came flying in from deep left field and went full-extension to make the diving snag.

TO THE BULLPEN
Right-handed reliever Ryan Feltner worked 2.1 innings and gave up two runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik recorded the final two outs of the bottom of the eighth.

LATE-INNING RALLY ENDS SHORT
The Buckeyes added a run in the top of the ninth vs. right-handed reliever Jackson Lamb. Fishel knocked a RBI single off the wall in left for the second OSU run. However, Lamb induced a ground out to leave two Buckeyes in scoring position with the tying run at the plate.

SERIES FINALE
The Buckeyes and Wolverines conclude the series at 4 p.m. ET Sunday at Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Complex. The game will be televised live on BTN and fans can listen on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State moves to 103-165-1 all-time vs. the Wolverines.
  • Buckeyes are now on a five-game losing streak (season-high).
  • Canzone extended his hit streak to 12-consecutive games (season-high). He now has 14 multi-hit games this year, which is tied for the team lead.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (14) and FisheL (3).
  • Reached base streaks extended: Canzone (12), Fishel (3).
  • Fishel recorded his first career double and RBI in the ninth inning.