Feb. 17, 2018
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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