April 29, 2017

Buckeyes Split Saturday Games vs. Nebraska in Columbus

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April 29, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team split a Saturday twinbill against Nebraska at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes rallied with six runs in the fifth inning of a suspended contest to win game one of the series, 9-7, before falling in game two, 3-1, against the Cornhuskers. With the split, the Buckeyes move to 17-25 overall and 5-9 in Big Ten play, while the Huskers are now 25-16-1 overall and 8-5-1 in conference action.

“The six-run fifth inning was certainly a catapult for game one,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We put together quality at-bats. It shows you how contagious hitting can be. In game two, we were in position, but we left nine guys on base. The difference in game two was they had a two-out double and we didn’t’. It was a good baseball game against a good team, we are just at that point in the season where we have to find that clutch hit. I thought our pitching was great today. Connor gave us four strong innings and allowed our offense to take the lead before we gave the ball to Kinker. Post pitches five scoreless before things got a bit loose in the sixth. He made some good pitches in that inning and didn’t get rewarded for them. They got the big hit. Overall, a strong performance by our pitching staff.”

GAME ONE: NEBRASKA 7, OHIO STATE 9

THE SIX-RUN, FIFTH-INNING COMEBACK
After thunder and rain suspended play at 7:48 p.m. on Friday night, both teams met at 3:05 p.m. Saturday to resume action in the bottom of the fourth. Down 5-2, the Buckeyes rallied with six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth vs. right-handed reliever Matt Waldron.

Freshman Conner Pohl started the offensive surge with a single up the middle before fifth-year senior Shea Murray singled through the right side. With one out, junior Tre’ Gantt walked to load the bases. Senior co-captain Jalen Washington then ripped a single to right field to score Pohl and made it a two-run deficit. Canzone, the hottest hitter on the Buckeye squad headed into the weekend, cleared the bases with a double to right center to put the Buckeyes ahead, 6-5. The scoring was just getting started. Sophomore Brady Cherry drove in the seventh Buckeye run with a double to right center. He was pushed home on a RBI single by Bo Coolen.

Ohio State added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when Cherry drove in his third run of the game on a RBI single to left field.

CURLIS GETS THE WIN
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis was tremendous on the mound for the Scarlet and Gray. He limited the Husker bats to one run on one hit with three strikeouts and no walks in four innings of work to improve to 3-2 on the year.

KINKER CLOSES THE DOOR
After getting the win last Sunday vs. UNCG, right-handed reliever Seth Kinker claimed his fifth save of the season, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts in the ninth. In a two-run game, he left two runners aboard with a called strike three against NU hitter Zac Repinski.

OTHER HUSKER RUNS
Nebraska scored one run in the seventh and one run in the ninth inning. Luis Alvarado reached on a throwing error and scored Scott Schreiber with two outs in the seventh. A second throwing error in the ninth inning scored the final run for the Huskers.

IN THE BOX SCORE
Canzone was 1-for-3 with a double, four RBI and one run scored, while Cherry was 2-for-3 with one run scored, double and three RBI. Washington scored three times on a 2-for-3 day with a RBI and triple 

GAME ONE NOTES

  • Ohio State won its third-consecutive game vs. the Huskers.
  • The six runs was the most scored in one inning for the Buckeyes at home this season.
  • Multi-hit games: Washington (13), Cherry (10) and Murray (2).
  • Multi-RBI games: Cherry (6) and Canzone (6).
  • Reached base streaks extended: Gantt (7), Canzone (7), Coolen (4), Washington (4), Murray (4), Pohl (4) and Cherry (2).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (7), Coolen (4), Pohl (4) and Washington (3).
  • Canzone had a career-high four RBI in the contest. He has four doubles this season.
  • Washington tied his career-high with four runs scored. He leads the team with four triples.
  • Kinker has five saves on the year and seven in his career.
  • Curlis earned his this third win of the season and fourth of his career.

GAME TWO: NEBRASKA 3, OHIO STATE 1

BOTH STARTERS SOLID ON THE MOUND
Both pitchers commanded the zone and chalked up five straight zeros in game two of the series. Nebraska starter Derek Burkamper left two runners on in the bottom of the first with a ground out and two more runners in the second on a strikeout. In the third, Ohio State starter Jake Post induced a ground out to third base to leave two runners aboard. Both pitchers cruised through the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Burkamper threw five scoreless innings, scattering six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in 5.2 innings. Post worked six innings and allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Post received the tough-luck loss to fall to 1-4, while Burkamper improved to 3-4.

HUSKERS SCORE THREE
Nebraska loaded the bases in the top of the sixth with two outs vs. Post. A wild pitch plated the first run before Luis Alvarado sent a two-out double to the gap in left center and give the Huskers a 3-0 lead.

OHIO STATE TRIMS DEFICIT IN SEVENTH
Washington recorded his 100th career hit in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out RBI single to left field vs. right-handed reliever Robbie Palkert to score Murray, who singled to lead-off the inning.

TO THE BULLPEN
Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik threw 1.1 innings and struck out one and walked one hitter. Left-handed pitcher Joe Stoll worked 1.1 innings and struck out two with two hits. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning recorded the final out of the eighth.

GAME NOTES

  • Nebraska leads the all-time series vs. Ohio State, 11-9.
  • Ohio State is 2-4 vs. the Huskers in Columbus.
  • Washington recorded his 100th career hit today. He leads the team with 28 RBI.
  • Reached base streaks extended: Gantt (8), Canzone (8), Washington (5), Murray (5), Pohl (5) and Cherry (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (8), Pohl (5) and Washington (4).
  • Multi-hit games: Barnwell (7) and Murray (3).

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Nebraska conclude the series against Nebraska at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($) and on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN.

ALUMNI DAY
Saturday was alumni day at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes honored the 1967 Big Ten championship team before the start-up of game one. The 1967 squad celebrated its 50th anniversary and advanced to the 1967 College World Series.