February 23, 2018

No. 2 Oregon State Rallies to Win, 10-8, Friday over Buckeyes in Surprise

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Feb. 23, 2018

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SURPRISE, Ariz. – In a back and forth battle in the desert, the Ohio State baseball team fell short, 10-8, against No. 2 Oregon State on a mild Friday afternoon in front of 2,289 fans at Surprise Stadium. The Buckeyes held a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but the Beavers took advantage of two Scarlet and Gray errors to score six unearned runs to stay undefeated at 6-0 in 2018. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 4-2 this season.

QUOTE FROM COACH
Obviously we are disappointed with the loss and we played really good baseball to put ourselves in position to win a baseball game, but in the eighth inning we didn’t play clean,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We committed two errors. We walked a guy and hit a guy. We fueled their fire a lot. We won a game last night on an opponent fueling our fire. And today, we fueled our opponent’s fire. If we are going to play on a national level, and I think this team is very capable of, we have to play clean all the way through a ball game. I like a lot about what we are doing and Feltner gave us a good start today, no question about that, to go six innings was exactly what we needed. Offensively, we keep growing. The quality of our at-bats are getting stronger and stronger as the game goes on. We need to continue that throughout the season.”

BIG TIME OUTING BY FELTNER
Ohio State starting pitcher Ryan Feltner received a no decision after tossing six innings and scattered four runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The native of Hudson, Ohio, Feltner got stronger as the game went on and kept the Beavers, who came in hitting .396 as team, off the board for the final three innings of his start.

STRONG BUCKEYE BATS
Conner Pohl had a solid day at the dish going, 2-for-5 with two runs scored, five RBI and two home runs. He gave the Buckeyes the lead in the top of the third with a three-run homer and hit a majestic, towering two-run shot in the top of the ninth to pull the team within two runs. Noah McGowan had a three-hit day, with two doubles. Dominic Canzone had a pair of hits with a run scored and Jacob Barnwell was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

THE BIG INNING FOR OREGON STATE
Trailing 6-4, the Beavers took advantage of two Buckeye fielding errors to plate six runs, all unearned, in the bottom of the eighth. After an error at second base, right-handed reliever Seth Kinker hit a batter before loading the bases on a walk. A sac fly by Adley Rutchman made it a 6-5 contest. Pohl made a nice play on a soft grounder at third to get the lead runner at the plate for the second out, but a RBI single by Jack Anderson tied it at 6-all. A second fielding error at second base gave the Beavers the lead. Oregon State scored three more times, plating a run on a single through the left side by Kyle Nobach and a two-run tirple by Steven Kwan.

NINTH INNING RALLY FALLS SHORT
Pohl launched a two-run home run over the wall in right for his second dinger of the day with one down against Oregon State reliever Kevin Abel. McGowan doubled with one away before the blast by the Buckeye third baseman. However, Jake Mulholland came into relieve Abel and got back-to-back fly outs to end the game.

BEAVERS SCORE TWO IN THE SECOND
After a 1-2-3 first inning for Feltner, the Beavers capitalized on a two-out knock with two on when Zach Taylor hit a double to the gap in left center for the 2-0 lead.

OHIO STATE ANSWERS, POHL CRUSHES
The Buckeyes punched right back with four runs on three hits in the top of the third vs. right-handed starter Sam Tweedt. Canzone led off the inning with a line drive to right field. Cherry walked for the second time to put two aboard. McGowan than launched a double off the wall in left to score Canzone to cut the lead in half. With runners on second and third, Pohl sent a 3-2 missile off Tweedt over the wall in right for the 4-2 advantage.

⬆️3️⃣ | That ⚾️ is GONE❗️❗️@ConnerPohl launches a three-run 💣! We take the lead.

OSU 4, No. 2 OR ST 2 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/NLqZ19KLSG

— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) February 23, 2018

OREGON STATE COMES RIGHT BACK
The Beavers got two key two-out RBI hits to tie the game at 4-all in the bottom of the fourth. Trevor Larnach hit a single to right center to score Nick Madrigal before Rutschman knocked a double to the gap in left center.

OHIO STATE TAKES BACK THE LEAD
The Buckeye bats kept making great contact in the middle innings, scoring a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. A single by Barnwell got the lead man off and advanced on a wild pitch. Bo Coolen did his job and got Barnwell to third on a ground out to second before a sac fly by Canzone to left pushed home the Buckeye catcher. In the fifth, Brady Cherry reached on a fielding error at third base. Runners were then put on second and third thanks to McGowan’s second double of the game. Tyler Cowles barreled up a 1-0 pitch vs. Abel for a sac fly for the 6-4 score.

TO THE BULLPEN
Kinker relieved Feltner to begin the seventh and received the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. He threw 1.2 innings and gave up six runs, no earned, with two strikeouts and one walk. Rigth-hander Kyle Michalik claimed the final out of the bottom of the eighth on three pitches.

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Utah meet at 6 p.m. ET at the back field of Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz. Right-hander Adam Niemeyer gets the ball for the boys.

GAME NOTES

  • The eight runs scored on the Beavers by the Buckeyes were the most allowed this year by Oregon State and second-most in the last two years (Cal scored 10 in loss May 6, 2017).
  • The OSU defense turned one double play to bring its total to 11 on the year. The Buckeyes lead the country in double plays turned heading into the weekend.
  • McGowan now has 15 RBI in six games. He leads the team with a .417 batting average (10-for-24). McGowan had a career-high two doubles.
  • Pohl had a career-high five RBI and two home runs today.
  • Ohio State left eight on base, while Oregon State stranded four.
  • Hit streaks extended: Barnwell (5), Pohl (3) and Canzone (3).
  • Reached base streaks extended: Canzone (15), Barnwell (12), Foppe (6), McGowan (7), Cowles (6) and Cherry (3).
  • Multi-hit games: McGowan (4) and Pohl (3).
  • Multi-RBI games: Pohl (1)

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALL PARK

  • The Buckeyes ate well for pregame meal, ordered from a well-known breakfast destination, the team fueled up on stacks of pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham and eggs to get ready for the Beavers Friday afternoon. Strength and conditioning Coach Dean Hansen did not have his usual skyscraper of bacon on his plate, just a few slices today. He let the boys get the pregame gains. #ForDean
  • Curtiss Irving had the biggest laugh at pregame meal, imitating Thomas Waning‘s unusual bullpen rituals before entering the game. He’s been nicknamed “psycho” by the boys.
  • Just like yesterday, the Buckeyes headed to Field No. 6 KC at the Surprise Complex for batting practice. This time, however, there was another team using the field – the Kansas City Royals. It was pretty cool to see the best of the best work on their craft. The boys in blue were hard at work and doing the same drills practiced by the Buckeyes at Nick Swisher Field in Columbus. Mass fungo, short-hop drills, double cuts and more were being done. Even the greatest players in the world need to dust the rust off.
  • The tasty bratwursts a lot of the Buckeye fans had been talking about on day one at Surprise Stadium were not available until game two Friday for the Nebraska-Utah game. The Ohio State SID requested the park to have morning brats for the team’s 9 a.m. local time game Sunday. To be continued.
  • It felt like more of a fall day in Columbus, Ohio, as temperatures were in the mid 50’s by first pitch.