May 13, 2018

Buckeyes Score 15 Unanswered Runs in Win on Senior Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team scored 15 unanswered runs to win its final home series over Purdue, 16-6, Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Down 6-1, the Buckeyes plated two in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the seventh and seven in the eighth to improve to 33-17 overall and 13-8 in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers drop to 30-18 overall and 14-7 in conference action. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby was the unsung hero for the boys, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings on two hits and one walk to improve to 4-0 on the year. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker picked up another three-inning save, scattering two hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore shortstop Noah West had a career day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with four runs scored, five RBI, double, walk and grand slam. Sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone reached base in all six at-bats, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI, double and two walks. With the win today, the Buckeyes punch their ticket for the Big Ten Tournament May 23-27 in Omaha, Neb.

A QUOTE FROM BEALS
“We were down 6-1 at the halfway point and then it goes 15-0 in the back half of the ball game,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Their bullpen had been decent too. Austin Woodby can’t get missed in this. When your offense scores 16 runs, you’re going to talk about your offense, but I think Austin Woodby flipped the switch. When I went to the mound, I told him, you’re going to calm the waters and let’s change the momentum. We maintained a competitive calmness within ourselves today. There wasn’t a panic or a moment where we had an uneasy feeling. I was cheerleading that our offense was going to take over the ball game. Noah West had himself a day. How about the last at bat for the seniors too? McGowan hits one out of the ball park, Cowles hits two doubles in his last two at bats. I don’t think they’ll ever forget those.”

GAME SUMMARY

– Purdue jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Ben Nisle knocked a bases-clearing double off Ohio State starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer in the top of the first.

– Ohio State got on the board in the bottom of the third when Noah McGowan walked with the bases loaded vs. left-handed starting pitcher Ryan Beard. The Buckeyes had a chance to tack on more, but Tyler Cowles lined out to shortstop on a diving play by Purdue’s Harry Shipley.

– Niemeyer’s day ended early in the top of the fourth when Purdue made it 5-1 after three straight extra-base hits. He pitched 3.1 innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout.

– The Buckeye bats got within three in the bottom of the fifth on three straight doubles by West, Canzone and Kobie Foppe. Beard was relieved after Canzone’s double. He pitched four innings and gave up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

– In the sixth, the Buckeyes began their huge rally with four runs on four hits and two Purdue errors to take the lead. Dillon Dingler and Jacob Barnwell both singled to start the inning. The bases were loaded following a sac bunt by Bo Coolen and an error by the Purdue third baseman. After a sac by West, Canzone singled through the right side to make it a one-run game. Conner Pohl came up with the clutch two-out, two-run single through the left side to give the Scarlet and Gray the 7-6 lead.

– The Buckeyes added two runs in the bottom of the seventh after the Purdue bullpen walked five OSU batters in the inning. A wild pitch scored Barnwell and McGowan walked for the second time with the bases loaded to put the team head, 9-6.

– Then came the seven spot. Cowles doubled twice in the inning. West blasted his first career grand slam on a 1-1 pitch off Purdue reliever Ross Learnard. McGowan launched a two-run homer for his ninth of the year. The boys batted around on six hits and one Boilermaker error.

– Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby improved to 4-0 on the year, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings and scattered two hits with one walk. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker claimed a three-inning save to notch his 13th of the year. He struck out two and gave up two hits in three scoreless innings.

GAME NOTES

– The Buckeyes finish the 2018 home schedule with a 16-7 record.

– Ohio State improves to 5-1 in rubber matches.

– The Scarlet and Gray finishes 7-0 on games played on Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.

– The Buckeyes claim their fifth league series win this afternoon.

– Woodby claimed his 12th career win.

– Kinker notched his 13th save of the year. He has 22 career saves.

– West hit his first career grand slam today. He had a career-high five RBI and four runs scored.

– Hit streaks extended: Cowles (6), Dingler (5), Canzone (4) and Foppe (3).

– Reached base streaks extended: McGowan (9), Barnwell (7), Foppe (6), Cowles (6), Pohl (6), Dingler (5) and Canzone (4).

– Ohio State walked nine times vs. the Boilermaker pitchers.

– McGowan registered four RBI today and now has a team-high 54 RBI on the year.

– Multi-hit games: McGowan (25) Canzone (22), Cowles (18), Foppe (16), Dingler (8) and West (7).

– Canzone recorded his third four-hit game of 2018. He reached base all six times with two runs scored and two RBI and one double.

– Barnwell tied his career-high with three run scored.

– Multi-RBI games: McGowan (11), Pohl (11), Canzone (10) and West (4).