COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to shock No. 21 Minnesota, 6-5, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the bases loaded, freshman Dillon Dingler hit a high chopper to the left side of the mound and collided with Minnesota first baseman Cole McDevitt, who dropped the game-ending putout, allowing two runs to cross the plate to end the game. Junior Kobie Foppe and senior Noah McGowan scored on the Gopher error. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 28-13 overall and 9-6 in Big Ten play, while the Gophers drop to 28-12 overall and 12-3 in conference action. 28-12 overall and 11-3 in conference action.
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“That’s a really good baseball team, Minnesota is a really good baseball team and they beat us for 26.1 innings this weekend and we scratched and clawed and found a way in that ninth inning to win a ball game,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I’m very proud of the toughness that our guys are willing to compete with.”
– Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Buckeyes rallied with three runs on four hits against Minnesota right-handed closer Max Meyer. Jacob Barnwell led off the inning with a lead-off single through the right side on an 0-2 pitch. With one out on the board, Dominic Canzone knocked a single through the left side to put two aboard. After a bang-bang pay at second base put the second out on the board, Noah McGowan walked to load the bases. Conner Pohl then knocked an infield single on the left side to push Barnwell around and make it a one-run game. Finally, down to his last strike, Dingler chopped an 0-2 pitch off Meyer and collided with McDevitt at first base. The ball bounced out his glove and down the first base line, allowing both runners to score to end the game in walk-off fashion.
– Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker improved to 6-1 on the year, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings with one hit and one walk.
– Both teams scored a run in the opening three frames of the game. Ohio State scored the first run in the bottom of the second on a RBI single by Andrew Fishel. Minnesota singled through the left side in the top of the third to score Jordan Kozicky.
– In the fifth, the Gophers plated three runs off right-handed starter Adam Niemeyer. Lead-off hitter Luke Pettersen knocked a two-run triple to the gap in left center before a sac fly by Terrin Mezzenga. Designated hitter Toby Hanson made it a 5-1 game with a RBI double in the top of the sixth.
– Ohio State answered with two runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Jacob Barnwell pushed home Tyler Cowles on a RBI ground out and Noah West sent a 1-1 pitch to left center for a RBI single.
– Niemeyer threw five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks and falls to 3-3 on the year. Left-handed reliever Griffan Smith gave up one run on three hits with a strikeout and walk in 0.1 innings of work. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with one walk.
– Ohio State claimed its fourth walk-off win of the season. All four walk-off wins have been at home, including two straight Sunday walk-offs.
– The Buckeyes are in sixth place at 9-6 in Big Ten play. The team faces Illinois, who is fourth in the league at 10-5.
– Foppe extended his reached base streak to a career-high 24-consecutive games. It’s the longest reached base streak of the season by a Buckeye and longest since former Buckeye Nick Sergakis had a 28-game reached base streak in 2018.
– Canzone, Foppe and Barnwell extended their hit streaks to three games.
– Canzone extended his reached base streak to eight contests.
– Fishel collected his first multi-hit game of 2018. It was his first start since March 9.
– Kinker made his 99th career appearance today. Kinker walked his first batter at home this year in 21.1 innings of work. It also was his first walk allowed in Big Ten games in nine appearances this season. He came into the week Top 5 in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Kinker has not allowed a run in 16.0 consecutive innings.
– Kinker now has a 1.08 ERA, which is the best in the Big Ten and Top 5 nationally.
The Buckeyes hit the road next week with a five-day road trip. The team will play a midweek game at Ball State May 2 before traveling to Champaign, Ill., for a three-game set against Illinois May 4-6.