May 14, 2017
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Freshman Dominic Canzone hit a grand slam and classmate Conner Pohl had a four-hit day, but the Ohio State baseball team fell, 11-10, in a wild series finale at Iowa Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 20-32 overall and 7-14 in Big Ten play, while the Hawkeyes improve to 31-18 overall and 13-8 in conference action.
WALK-OFF WIN FOR IOWA
Robert Neustrom hit a walk-off, two-run home run deep over the wall in center field to clinch the 18th home win for the Hawkeyes this season. Jake Adams started the inning with a lead-off single before the long ball by Neustrom.
TEAMS TRADE RUNS IN THE FIRST
The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes each plated two runs in the opening inning on Senior Day for Iowa. Brady Cherry grounded out to push Jalen Washington around. A RBI double by Zach Ratcliff made it 2-0. Iowa scored their two runs in the first on a RBI double and sacrifice fly.
Canzone continued his campaign for Big Ten Freshman of the Year in the top of the second. With the bases loaded, the native of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, crushed the first pitch he saw vs. Iowa starter Elijah Wood for a two-out grand slam over the wall in right. Canzone’s third home run of the year was the fifth grand slam for Ohio State this spring.
BUCKEYES ADD MORE
Ohio State extended the lead to six runs with one in third and one in the fourth vs. the Iowa bullpen. A RBI ground out by Washington scored Conner Pohl, who beat the tag at the plate with a head-first slide in the third. Iowa had a throwing error in the fourth to allow Canzone to cross the dish in the fourth. Pohl knocked a two-out single through the left side to make it 9-2 in the sixth.
HAWKEYES RALLY LATE TO TIE IT
Iowa got back in the game when Jake Adams launched his third home run of the weekend over the wall in center for a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh. A RBI single and three-run home run by Corbin Woods in the eighth knotted the score at 9-all.
BUCKEYES REGAIN THE LEAD
After seven unanswered runs by the Hawkeyes, Ohio State regained the lead in the top of the ninth when Tre’ Gantt hit a sacrifice fly deep in right center to score Pohl to put the score at 10-9 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray.
ON THE MOUND
Seth Kinker made his second start of the season and pitched two innings on two hits and two runs with a strkeout and walk in a no decision. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner tossed 4.1 innings and limited the Iowa bats to one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik threw 0.1 inning and allowed two runs on two hits. Left-handed reliever Joe Stoll recorded one out to conclude the seventh. Right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer allowed six runs on six hits with two strikeouts in one inning of work to fall to 2-4 on the year.
Ohio State concludes midweek play against Toledo May 16 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.