May 10, 2017

Buckeyes Fall to Ball State Wednesday Night

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May 10, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 14-4 contest against Ball State Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 19-30 overall, while the Cardinals improve to 27-22 overall in 2017.

FREE PASSES SCORE TWO BALL STATE RUNS
Ball State took advantage of several free passes by the Buckeyes in the top of the second to score two runs. The bases were jammed with Cardinals after a single and two walks. A third straight walk plated the first run before a passed ball allowed a second run to cross the dish.

OHIO STATE TIES THE GAME IN THE THIRD
The Buckeyes responded with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the third. Noah West led off the bottom half with a single through the left side vs. Ball State left-handed starting pitcher Kevin Marnon. Shea Murray then launched a one-out triple off the bottom of the wall in right center to make it 2-1. It seemed like Murray reached third base on nine strides as the 6-6, 220-pound fifth-year senior easily slid into the bag in front of the Buckeye dugout. A RBI single by Tyler Cowles evened the board at 2-all.

CARDINALS REGAIN THE LEAD
Ball State plated three runs on five hits in the top of the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. A two-run home run by Caleb Stayton made it a two-run game before Trent Thiesen drove in the fifth run on a RBI single.

MORE MURRAY IN THE FIFTH
Murray, from Defiance, Ohio, knocked his second triple of the evening in the fifth to plate two runs and cut the deficit to one. The OSU centerfielder stung a 1-0 pitch off Marnon to the gap in left center to score both Conner Pohl and Andrew Fishel. Pohl had a lead-off double and Fishel walked. The second big hit by Murray ended Marnon’s day on the mound. The Buckeyes had a chance to even the tides vs. right-handed reliever Brendan Burns, but he struck out back-to-back batters to keep the one-run lead for the Cardinals.

MORE CARDINAL RUNS
Ball State scored four runs on five hits in the sixth highlighted by a two-out, two-run triple by Seth Freed. The Cardinals scored four runs in the ninth.

ON THE MOUND
Freshman right-handed starting pitcher Jake Vance worked 4.1 innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts to fall to 0-3 on the year. Right-handed reliever Curtiss Irving tossed one inning of relief and gave up three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Left-handed reliever Joe Stoll allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout in 0.2 innings. Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis threw the seventh and gave up one unearned run with one walk. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik stranded two runners in the eighth with one strikeout. Left-handed pitcher Andrew Magno walked three and gave up one run in the ninth. Right-handed pitcher Gavin Lyon allowed one run on one hit with three strikeouts.

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Iowa City for a three-game Big Ten road series Friday-Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa.

GAME NOTES

  • The Buckeyes are 7-15 at home this season.
  • Ohio State is 13-7 all-time vs. Ball State
  • The Buckeyes are 3-2 vs. MAC opponents in 2017.
  • Fishel made his second start from behind the plate tonight.
  • Vance made his fourth start of the year on the mound.
  • Murray made his first start in centerfield and Pohl got his second start of the season at third. Cowles led off for the first time in 2017.
  • Murray hit his second and third triples of his career. He had a career-high three RBI tonight.
  • Pohl knocked his fifth double of the season.
  • Multi-hit games: Murray (4).
  • Multi-RBI games: Murray (3).
  • Magno made his fourth appearance of the season, while Lyon made his fifth appearance of the year.
  • Casey Demko knocked his first career hit tonight.