February 17, 2018

Miscues Costly in 5-4 Loss to Canisius Saturday

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Feb. 17, 2018

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team fell short against Canisius, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at the Snowbird Classic at North Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Golden Griffins (1-2) took advantage of three OSU defensive errors to plate five runs, including four unearned, to claim their first win of the year. Ohio State drops to 2-1 on the opening weekend.

Senior first baseman Noah McGowan had another strong performance at the dish, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, walk home run and two RBI to bring his weekend RBI total to 12 in just three games. Fifth-year senior right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer received the loss despite allowing just one earned run. He threw five innings and gave up five on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

“We allowed guys on base and my message to the team was all five guys that scored got on base whether it was an error, walk or hit batter,” head coach Greg Beals said. “They got some hits to get the RBI but we led them on base to start it. I think that has to be mentioned when we talk about Niemeyer’s outing tonight. It’s great to see Noah swinging the bat really well. We made an adjustment in his swing between the practice weekend and this weekend, trying to free his hands up and trust his strength. The thing I really like, he’s hitting some big balls but also getting some singles to the right side of the field. Another positive note was our bullpen. We got three good innings again tonight with Curtiss and Kyle. We trust those guys late in games.”

MCOGWAN MOONSHOT
If anyone wondered if McGowan would continue to swing a hot bat after a 10 RBI performance on Friday, they found that answer out with one swing of the bat on Field No. 6 in the top of the first. With Kobie Foppe on second base, the Houston, Texas, native sent a hanging slider off Canisius left-handed starter J.P. Stevenson deep over the palm trees in left field for the 2-0 lead.

BUCKEYE RUN IN THE THIRD
Ohio State scored its third run in the top of the third when Tyler Cowles worked a walk with the bases loaded to push lead-off hitter Dominic Canzone across home.

MISCUES GIVE THE GRIFFS THE LEAD
Canisus took advantage of two OSU throwing errors in the second and third innings, respectively. Stephen Bennett reached on a misthrow at third base and scored when John Conti singled through the right side. In the third, the Griffs scored a pair of unearned runs following a second throwing error at third base. Joseph Preziuso and Bennett each drove in a run on singles up the middle.

BARNIE CUTS THE DEFICIT
Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell got the team back within one in the top of the sixth with a two-out knock through the left side. Freshman designated hitter Dillon Dingler scored on the play following his second double of his young career.

But a RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth after a third OSU error scored the fifth Canisius run.

BULLPEN NAILS AGAIN
Fifth-year senior right-handed pitcher Curtiss Irving pitched a scoreless frame in the sixth, getting a Griff batter to roll over into a double play. Fifth-year senior right-handed pitcher Kyle Michalik tossed two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth and struck out three.

LAST CHANCE CAUGHT AT THE WALL
Pinch-hitter Nate Romans worked a walk in the last at-bat in the ninth and reached second base on a sac bunt. But Canzone’s drive to deep right center field was caught at the wall to end the game in favor of the Griffs.

UP NEXT
Ohio State concludes action at the Snowbird Classic at 1 p.m. ET Sunday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Fifth-year senior Yianni Pavlopoulos gets the ball for the boys.

GAME NOTES

  • Canzone tied his career high for consecutive games reaching base at 12 (from 2017).
  • McGowan launched his second home run of the year and seventh of his career.
  • McGowan now has 12 RBI through three games in 2018. His 2017 RBI total was 19.
  • Michalik tied his career high with three strikeouts tonight.
  • Ohio State left six on base, while Canisius left eight.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALL PARK

  • No press box at Field No. 6. You’re in the elements. Conversations with fans were up close and personal. Pets of all kinds were welcomed to enjoy the baseball and you could even rent your own beach chair, but you had to bring them back after the final out.
  • The smell of delicious hot dogs, cheeseburgers, brats, pulled pork and even grilled bologna floated around the confines of North Charlotte Regional Park. Student manager Drew Onega didn’t put ketchup or mustard or anything for that matter on his hot dog.
  • A playlist known to the masses and regulars of the Snowbird Classic was once again on, and popping. Some of your favorite tunes like covers of Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO or The Time (Dirty Bit) by Black Eyed Peas got the fans on their feet. Some other American classics were queued up too like Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Brick House by the Commodores, Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC and the No. 1 fan-favorite, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.
  • A Buckeye fan yelled, “Take that bat off your shoulder!”. Not amused was the Canisius fan (potentially the batter’s parent) sitting directly right next to him. He said the same thing the next inning to a Buckeye hitter, but all for fun in games though.