April 21, 2018

Buckeyes Rally to Even Series with No. 8 Indiana

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – That’s a big win for the boys. The Ohio State baseball team rallied with five unanswered runs to win 5-4 over No. 8 Indiana at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Noah McGowan hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh, while Seth Kinker retired the final six outs to claim his ninth save of 2018. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 26-11 overall and 7-4 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers’ nine-game win streak was snapped today and drop to 29-7 overall and 7-3 in conference action.

QUOTE FROM BEALS:

"Big win today, it wasn’t pretty, but to me, that speaks a lot about our ball club that we survived those early innings,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Feltner puts up a zero in the third on a strikeout and double play ball and that was huge. We could have been down 6-0 after losing last night. The double play ball was the turning point in the ball game after putting two up on the board. We inched back in the game and our bullpen did its job today. We need to come out tomorrow and make a statement with a series win."

GAME SUMMARY

  • Indiana scored four times on four hits and one OSU error in the top of the second. Matt Gorski had a RBI triple and a fielder’s choice and dropped catch at home plate made it 2-0. After a RBI single by Jeremy Houston, Logan Sowers was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the fourth run.
  • Ohio State answered with two runs on three hits and one IU error in the bottom of the second. Jacob Barnwell doubled down the right field line, while Noah West single to right field to score Tyler Cowles. Following the big double play to leave them loaded in the top of the third, the Scarlet and Gray made it a one-run contest in the when a fielder’s choice and scoring error allowed Conner Pohl to touch the dish.
  • In the fourth, Kobie Foppe came up with a clutch two-out RBI single against IU reliever Grant Sloan to score Barnwell and tie the game at 4-all.
  • On a 1-2 count, McGowan launched a 1-2 changeup vs. IU right-handed reliever Connor Manous over the wall in left to give the Buckeyes the 5-4 lead.
  • Ohio State starting pitcher Ryan Feltner threw 5.1 innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in a no decision. Indiana starting pitcher Cam Beauchamp tossed 3.2 innings on four runs, two earned with three walks in a no decision.
  • The OSU bullpen did its job the final 3.2 innings of relief work, keeping the IU bats off the board. Left-handed pitcher Griffan Smith earned his second collegiate win, throwing 2.1 innings on one hit and one strikeout. Kinker was strong once again on the mound too, facing the minimum in the final two innings with three strikeouts. Barnwell threw out a runner at second base on a potential wild pitch for the second out in the ninth.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State snapped Indiana’s nine-game win streak today.
  • The game was the first Top 10 win since 2017 (No. 5 Oregon State, 2/24/17) and first Top 10 home win since the 2015 campaign (No. 4 Louisville, 4/14/15).
  • Pohl’s 16-game hit streak was snapped today. It was the longest hit streak by a Buckeye in nine years.
  • Foppe extended his reached base streak to 20.
  • McGowan extended his reached base streak to a career-high 15 straight games. He leads the team with eight home runs. He is tied for the Big Ten lead with 45 RBI.
  • Other hit streaks extended: McGowan (4), Canzone (4) and Cowles (3).
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Cherry (7), West (6), McGowan (5), Canzone (4) and Cowles (3).
  • Kinker claimed his ninth save of the year. He made his 96th career appearance, which is tied for second all-time. He has 18 career saves, which is fourth all-time in OSU history.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Indiana conclude the series with a rubber match at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.