March 25, 2018

McGowan’s Walk-Off Seals 5-4 Win in 10 Innings Sunday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – What warms up any Buckeye Baseball fan on a frigid and windy Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium? A walk-off win of course. The Ohio State baseball came from behind to beat Georgetown, 5-4, in 10 innings behind a walk-off single by senior first baseman Noah McGowan at Nick Swisher Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 16-7 overall, while the Hoyas drop to 6-16 in 2018. Senior right-handed reliever Seth Kinker improved to 4-1, throwing four innings on two runs, one earned, five strikeouts and no walks.

QUOTE FROM THE SKIPPER
“The thing that stands out to me is 16 runners left on base,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We were saying in the dugout all along, keep going, keep going, we are going to get one. We were in scoring position in the first five innings and couldn’t get that big hit when we needed one. Our approach offensively, we were missing some fastballs and trying to be too selective. They were mixing a lot. The last three innings I thought we got some great at-bats one after another. It was a big win for us. We played long enough to find a way to win today.”

IN THE BOX SCORE
Junior Brady Cherry was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, including the game-winner, and three doubles, one RBI and one walk. McGowan went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and walk. Senior Tyler Cowles was 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and walk.

THE WALK-OFF FINISH
After Georgetown regained the lead in the top of the tenth inning, Ohio State punched right back with two runs to claim the series win in the bottom of the tenth. Sophomore Dominic Canzone led off the inning with a walk against GU reliever Matt Randolph. Junior Kobie Foppe put the sac bunt down to push Canzone into scoring position. Cherry then roped the first pitch he saw vs. Randolph into the gap in left center to tie the game at 4-all. The stage was set for the team’s leader in RBI, McGowan. On a 2-0 pitch McGowan knocked a one-out single through the left side to score Cherry and end the game. It marked the second walk-off win for the boys, both at home. McGowan now has 30 RBI this season.

“I took some good pitches today after chasing some yesterday,” McGowan said. “Tip your cap to them, they spotted and mixed their pitches well. I was able to put the barrel on the ball at the end there and score Cherry, who had a great game for us.”

COWLES HOMER TIES IT
The Buckeyes wouldn’t have been in extra innings if it wasn’t for the bat of Cowles, who tied with one out in the bottom of the ninth when he hit a 1-0 changeup off GU reliever Jimmy Swad over the wall in left for a two-run shot, making the score 3-3. Sophomore Conner Pohl started the rally with a one-out single up the middle to set up the big swing by Cowles.

“I was just trying to hit the ball up the middle, and honestly, next man-up mentality, just trying to get a hit,” Cowles said. “He hung a changeup and I put a barrel on it and it went with the wind.”

HOYAS STRIKE FIRST
Georgetown scored two runs on four hits in the fourth. With runners on first and third, a fielder’s choice scored lead-off hitter Austin Shirley. An infield single then plated Eddie McCabe. The Hoyas took advantage of a single and two-base error in left field in the eighth. With a runner on third, an infield single stayed fair down the first base line and scored a third run.

RUNNERS LEFT
Ohio State had multiple chances to find runs in the opening frames of the game, but couldn’t push any around, leaving eight on through the first four, including seven runners in scoring position. A strikeout in the first left two. A Foppe single and Cherry double put runners on second and third, but a pop-up and ground out stranded both. In the fourth, the GU third baseman stepped on the bag on a chopper to the left side to leave the bases loaded. Ohio State had a chance to add on in the fifth, but a strikeout left them loaded again in the fifth. In all, Ohio State left a season-high 16 on base, while Georgetown stranded six in the game.

BUCKEYES GET ON THE BOARD
Cowles scored the first run when he lifted a fly ball to left center field to push Cherry around, who knocked his second double earlier in the inning.

ON THE MOUND
Right-handed starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer limited the GU bats to two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in five innings in a no decision. Right-handed reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos came into the game in the bottom of the sixth. He threw one inning and struck out one and walked one.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Toledo meet in a midweek game at 6:35 p.m. ET March 28 at Bill Davis Stadium.

GAME NOTES

– Ohio State claims their second straight series win of the year. The Buckeyes are now 5-1 at home in 2018.

– The team is 2-0 in extra-inning games this year.

– Cherry had a career-high three doubles.

– Cowles ties his season-high with three home runs. He has six home runs in his career.

– Multi-hit games: McGowan (13) and Cherry (7).

– Multi-RBI games: Cowles (5).

– Canzone tied his career-high with three walks. Romans had a career-high three walks.

– Hit streaks extended: Cherry (6) and Foppe (5).

– Reached base streaks extended: Cherry (9), Canzone (8) and Foppe (7) and Pohl (3).

– Niemeyer had five strikeouts today and now has 150 strikeouts in his career.

– Kinker is tied for the team lead with four wins. He has 24 strikeouts in 21.0 IP.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK

– It was pretty cold today. Pretty That Bill Davis wind made it feel colder than the 38 degree first pitch temperature. That didn’t stop the OSU SID from wearing shorts today. Georgetown head coach Pete Wilk jokingly asked him pregame if his attire was supposed to be an intimidation factor when handing him the lineup. No, they’re not, the home SID responded. He is just over the winter cold after being by the beach for the last month, and also, it’s a cozy 73 degrees in the press box. Windows closed today for press row.

– Buckeye Diamond Club President Frank Fraas made his first appearance in the press box at Bill Davis Stadium this afternoon. He had his large coffee in hand on this chilly day in Columbus. Great head of hair on that guy by the way. Check out the newly-updated Buckeye Diamond Club website at buckeyediamondclub.com.

– A really random note dropped in the press box during the bottom of the seventh. Bob Kennedy, the official public address announcer for the Buckeyes, has never flown on a plane before. Ever.

– A rock star showed up to start the eighth. Jerry Emig. AKA @BuckeyeNotes. Legend. He’s the one that started the tradition of these random notes. Jerry was the OSU baseball SID from 1995-97 and 2007-11. Now he’s busy with another sport as the SID, you’ve may have heard of it, football.