April 22, 2018

Buckeyes Win Series over No. 8 Indiana in Walk-Off Fashion Sunday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team claimed a series win over No. 8 Indiana with a 6-5 walk-off victory in 12 innings Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. In a back-and-forth battle that last three hours and 50 minutes, the Buckeyes rallied with the game-winning run by Kobie Foppe in the bottom of the 12th on a walk-off double by Noah McGowan, who had three hits on the day. Senior right-handed reliever Seth Kinker claimed the victory in a gutsy performance, throwing 5.1 scoreless relief innings to improve to 5-1. With their first Top 10 series win in recent history, the Scarlet and Gray improve to 27-11 overall and 8-4 in Big Ten play, while the Hoosiers drop to 29-8 overall and 7-4 in league action.

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"We wanted to make a statement this weekend that we can play at a national level," head coach Greg Beals said."That's a good ball club. I hope they are the No. 8 team in the country. I really like where we are at then. The character and fight in this team, I just love it. We get blanked on Friday night, we're down 4-0 early in game two and it wasn't looking good, and then we continued to battle and win the weekend from there. We pitched the ball well and kept them in the ball park. It was a great moment for McGowan to end the game and I don't know what more I can ask Kinker to do. Tough competitor, man. This was a statement by the Buckeyes this weekend."

GAME SUMMARY

  • Indiana grabbed the early lead in the top of the second without putting a hit on the board. After a hit by pitch and stolen base, Matt Gorski advanced to third base on a fly out to left. Jeremy Houston then put the ball in play with a RBI ground out to second.
  • Ohio State gained its first lead of the day on back-to-back extra-base hits in the bottom of the second. Tyler Cowles launched a triple off the top of the wall in left before Brady Cherry sent a screamer over the wall in left for a two-run homer.
  • The Hoosiers tied it back at 2-all in the top of the third on RBI double by Ryan Fineman. The OSU defense worked a relay to perfection to cut down the go-ahead run when Noah West fired a strike to Jacob Barnwell at the plate with the tag out.
  • Indiana grabbed the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded, a passed ball scored the first run before an infield single made it 4-2.
  • Ohio State punched right back with two runs in the fifth to even the tides. Barnwell, who reached on an error, was pushed around on a squeeze bunt play by Kobie Foppe. Noah McGowan came up with a clutch two-out RBI single to left center to plate Noah West.
  • The Hoosiers got their own big two-out RBI knock in the top of the seventh when Scotty Bradley hit a RBI single on a 1-2 count off left-handed reliever Griffan Smith to give the Hoosiers a 5-4 lead.
  • The battle continued and the game became tied for the third time in the bottom of the eighth when Cowles knocked a 2-2 pitch off Indiana reliever Cal Krueger. The bases were loaded after a walk to Foppe, single by McGowan and hit by pitch on Dillon Dingler.
  • Ohio State starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer threw 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk in a no decision. Indiana starting pitcher Tim Herrin gave up four runs, two earned, on two hits with one strikeout and three walks in a no decision.
  • Right-handed reliever Seth Kinker came in with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. He faced 22 batters and allowed just two hits with one strikeout in the win.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State claims its first Top 10 Big Ten series win in recent history (based on available research at the time).
  • Ohio State is now fourth in the conference standings at 8-4.
  • The Buckeyes improve to 12-3 at home in 2018.
  • Ohio State improves to 2-0 in extra-inning games.
  • Foppe extended his reached base streak to 21. It ties the longest reached base streak by a Buckeye this year (Cowles, 21).
  • Hit streaks extended: McGowan (6).
  • Other reached base streaks extended: McGowan (16), Cherry (8) and West (7).
  • McGowan had his team-best 21st multi-hit game. He leads the Big Ten with 47 RBI.
  • Cherry hit his third homer of the year and 12th of his career. Cherry tallied his fifth multi-RBI contest of 2018.
  • Cowles registered his first triple of the season and first of his OSU career. Cowles collected his 13th multi-hit game.
  • McGowan led the Buckeyes at the plate over the series, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a run scored, double, home run, two walks and three RBI.
  • The OSU pitching staff combined for a 3.00 ERA in the series with 20 strikeouts in 30 IP. The staff limited IU to a .225 average.

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Ohio State and Minnesota meet in Columbus April 27-29.