EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 6-2, in game two of its final Big Ten series of the 2018 season at Michigan State Friday afternoon at Kobs Field and McLane Stadium. With the win, the Spartans (19-30, 10-12 B1G) keep their Big Ten Tournament hopes alive heading into the rubber match Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes, who have already clinched a spot in next week’s tourney in Omaha, fall to 34-19 overall and 14-9 in Big Ten play.
– Opening inning. With two on, senior Tyler Cowlespulled a 1-1 pitch off MSU right-handed starting pitcher Mason Erla to score Kobie Foppe.
– The Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the first when Chad Roskelly hit a solo homer over the wall in left. Michigan State made it a two-run game in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer by Adam Proctor.
– Both teams had the bases loaded in the fifth innings, but failed to score a run.
– The Scarlet and Gray got within one of the Green and White in the bottom of the seventh when a single by Noah McGowan and throwing error by Michigan State allowed Foppe to score.
– Two OSU errors in the bottom of seventh fueled a three-run inning for Michigan State in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on second and third, a fielding error at second base allowed both to score. A throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt at first base made it a 6-2 contest.
– Feltner had a quality start but falls to 4-5 in 2018. He worked 6.2 innings and gave up six runs, three earned on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Ohio State and Michigan State meet at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Kobs Field. Fifth-year senior right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer (3-2, 6.22 ERA) squares off vs. sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Momka (1-4, 4.99 ERA). The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.
– The Buckeyes will play their fifth rubber game in league play on Saturday. The team holds a 4-1 mark in rubber match games in Big Ten play (5-1 overall).
– Today was the fifth time Ohio State outhit its opponent and lost. The Buckeyes are 22-5 when outhitting their opponents.
– Multi-hit games: McGowan (26) and Foppe (17).
– Reached base streaks extended: Barnwell (10), Cowles (10), Foppe (8), Pohl (9), Canzone (7), Coolen (6) and West (5).
– Hit streaks extended: Cowles (9), Canzone (7) and Foppe (6).
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
– Probably one of the most electric rides by a team in all of college sports today came from the Ohio State bus on the five-minute trip from the hotel to the ballpark in East Lansing. The team listened to that Oaisis mash-up song they enjoyed yesterday before first pitch. It was so electric, one play wasn’t enough. After the staff got off the bus, the boys wanted to hear it one more time. An encore! You could see the bus shaking from a distance as the team danced wildly. Nate Romans apparently crowd surfed somewhere in the back of the bus. What a zoo.
– The surprise of the day came in the top of the second when Ohio State football SID Jerry Emig shocked the OSU radio guys and OSU SID, with a “Hey guys!” In the press box. He snuck in the back of the media area using the elevator at McLane Stadium. Smiles in the press box were seen immediately. There’s no better man than Jerry Emig. If you didn’t hear, Jerry won the “Super 11” Award given out by the Football Writers Association of America last week. It was the first such award for Ohio State in the nine-year-old rankings. Criteria in determining the winners not only included how press boxes and media operations were operated, but also the quality and timeliness of information provided. He’s the best of the best, folks.