May 10, 2017

Buckeyes Win 7-6 over Bowling Green on Canzone’s Walk-Off

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May 10, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Dominic Canzone hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Ohio State baseball team won, 7-6, over Bowling Green in a marathon game Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The midweek game lasted four hours and 17 minutes as a combined 25 baserunners were left stranded on a chilly May evening in Columbus. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 19-29 overall, while the Falcons drop to 12-31 in 2017.

“It was a win, but it wasn’t very pretty,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We did not play very good baseball tonight, but we found a way to win. I was really happy with our relief pitching and Dom Canzone. The rookie continues to be the shining light for us this season.”

HOW IT HAPPENED
In the bottom of the 12th, the Buckeyes started the late-inning charge when Jacob Barnwell walked with one down. After the OSU catcher stole second, Tre’ Gantt took ball four on a 3-2 count to put two runners aboard. Jalen Washington then ripped a line-drive single up the middle, but Barnwell had to hold at third base. The scene was then set for the Buckeye rookie, who came into the game hitting .352 to lead the team. On a 0-1 pitch, Canzone took it the other way to the gap in left center off reliever Addison Rospert for the walk-off RBI single. It marked the first walk-off win for the Scarlet and Gray in 2017.

BACK AND FORTH IN-STATE BATTLE
Bowling Green scored first in the top of the first when Randy Righter knocked a RBI double down the right field line to score Derek Drewes. Ohio State answered in the bottom half after a two-out RBI double by Brady Cherry. The Falcons made it 2-1 in the top of the second on a two-out RBI triple by Nick Glanzman. Fifth-year senior Zach Ratcliff picked up where he left on Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich., driving in two runs in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI single off left-handed starting pitcher Chandler Stillings to put Ohio State ahead, 3-2.

The Falcons regained the lead in the fifth. After a failed pick-off attempt put a runner on third base, a two-out RBI single by Drewes knotted the score at 3-all. Righter followed with a RBI double down the left field line to put the Falcons on top by one. The Falcons made it a two-run game in the top of the seventh after a throwing error and sac fly plated an unearned run.

OHIO STATE SCORES THREE RUNS IN THE SEVENTH
The Buckeyes pushed three runs home on one hit to take a 6-5 lead through seven stanzas. Canzone drove in two runs to tie the game after knocking a 2-2 pitch through the right side off left-handed relief pitcher Kody Brown. Cherry then gave the Buckeyes their second lead of the night with a sac fly to left. The bases were loaded to start the inning after three walks by BGSU reliever Wes Rickenberg.

FALCONS TIE THE GAME
Bowling Green made it 6-6 in the top of the eighth. With the bases loaded and one down, a fielder’s choice by Jake Wilson pushed home the sixth BGSU run. The Buckeyes tried to turn the double play up the middle, but couldn’t get the out at first base as the throw pulled Bo Coolen off the bag.

GANTT KEEPS IT TIED IN THE 11th
With two outs, Joe McGuinnes knocked a single up the middle, but Tre’ Gantt came up firing and threw out Greg Basalyga to keep the score tied at 6-all.

MISCHANCE IN THE 11th
The Buckeyes had a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the 11th, but failed to score a run. Canzone led-off the at-bat with a triple to right center. However, BGSU reliever Addison Rospert retired three of the next four batters to force the game into the 12th inning.

ON THE MOUND
Right-handed starting pitcher Reece Calvert lasted 4.2 innings and allowed four runs, seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks in a no decision performance. Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby replaced Calvert on the mound with two outs in the top of the fifth. Woodby worked 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout. Left-handed pitcher Joe Stoll tossed 0.2 innings and gave up one hit with one strikeout. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner started the ninth. After two OSU errors, the OSU sophomore struck out the side two leave both runners stranded in scoring position. Feltner fanned three in one inning of work. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning came in to begin the tenth. He tossed two scoreless innings and gave up three hits with two strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik received the win, throwing a scoreless 12th with one strikeout.

UP NEXT
Ohio State hosts Ball State at 6:35 p.m. ET Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State moves to 31-19-4 all-time vs. Bowling Green.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have won 10 of the last 11 meetings vs. the Falcons.
  • The Buckeyes are 7-14 at home this season.
  • Ohio State is 1-1 in extra innings game.
  • Tonight was the first walk-off win of the year for the Buckeyes.
  • The game was the longest of the season: four hours and 17 minutes.
  • The two teams combined to use 11 pitchers as a total of 427 pitches were thrown.
  • The Buckeyes stranded 13 runners, while the Falcons left 12 on base.
  • Canzone recorded his third three-hit game of the season tonight and third triple of 2017. He has 20 RBI.
  • Fishel made his first start from behind the plate tonight.
  • Ratcliff registered his 56th and 57th RBI of his career.
  • Cherry has a season-high 10 doubles. He has 15 in his career.
  • Hit streaks extended: Ratcliff (5) and Cherry (2).
  • Reached base streaks extended: Ratcliff (6), Fishel (4), Coolen (3), Cherry (3) and Washington (3).
  • Multi-hit games: Gantt (15), Canzone (15) and Cherry (8).
  • Multi-RBI games: Canzone (8), Cherry (8) and Ratcliff (6).
  • Calvert tied his season-high with four strikeouts tonight.
  • Washington and Gantt each scored a pair of runs. Gantt leads the team with 35 runs scored, while Washington is second with 30 runs scored in 2017.
  • Stoll leads all Buckeye relievers with 21 appearances this season.