May 24, 2018

No. 7 Ohio State Shuts Out No. 6 Iowa, 2-0

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OMAHA, Neb. – The boys stay alive in Omaha. Behind two stellar pitching performances by junior right-handed starter Ryan Feltner and senior reliever Seth Kinker, the No. 7 seed Ohio State baseball team shut out No. 6 seed Iowa, 2-0, Thursday morning at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park. Feltner scattered three hits in six scoreless innings with six strikeouts to improve to 5-5 in 2018, while Kinker tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts to claim his 14th save of the season. With the win, the Buckeyes (35-21) will play the loser of No. 2 seed Purdue-No.3 Michigan at 4:30 p.m. ET Friday in an elimination game in Omaha, Neb.

QUOTE FROM THE SKIPPER
“An elimination game today and a must win game for our ball club,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Probably our best game we’ve played this year. We got great starting pitching and defended the baseball very well behind our staff. You knew it was a matter time before Seth Kinker came into the ball game. We got him in at the right time in the seventh inning. He got us out of the inning and it was huge point in the game. We maintained the momentum on our side behind our great pitching. When you throw a shutout, you talk about the pitching, but let’s not forget about Dominic Canzone today.”

GAME SUMMARY

  • Tyler Cowles gave the Buckeyes the early lead for the second straight day when he knocked a RBI double to the gap in left center to score Kobie Foppe in the top of the first.
  • Foppe gave the Scarlet and Gray a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth on a RBI single to right field to score pinch runner Matt Carpenter, who stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Lead-off hitter Dominic Canzone, who was a part of both OSU scoring plays, was replaced by Carpenter.
  • Shortstop Noah West made an outstanding play to retire the first out of the bottom of the sixth. On a ground ball hit by Tyler Cropley, West moved to his left on a ball chopped up the middle and had to bare hand the baseball after it took a weird bounce off the infield grass. He reacted quickly back to his right, snagged the ball with his hand and fired to first to finish the putout.
  • Feltner was locked in on the mound and limited the Hawkeyes to three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. His final strikeout of the day was the final out of the sixth and it was his 200th of his career.
  • Kinker relieved Feltner with two on and no down in the bottom of the seventh. He retired the first out with a strikeout against Trenton Wallace after an 11-pitch battle. Kinker then rolled over a double play ball to close the door in the seventh. The Senior CLASS Award Finalist, Kinker hung two more zeros on the board to seal the win.

 

PLAYER QUOTES
Seth Kinker, senior reliever
On coming in the seventh and shutting down Iowa bats

“I’m known to pound the zone and I’m never going to give in. I command both my fastball and slider pretty well. I threw like 10 or 11 pitches against that first lefty I faced. He was fighting at the plate but I was going to fight harder. I have confidence with my pitches and the guys behind me.”

Ryan Feltner, junior starting pitcher
On overall performance

“I had all of my pitches working today. It was big to be able throw whatever I needed to throw for a strike. The defense played phenomenal and it was big to have Seth come in and get us out of that jam. Everything was working and I felt really good today.”

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State improves to 5-1 in elimination games at TD Ameritrade Park. Ohio State has won five straight elimination games in Omaha under head coach Greg Beals.
  • The Buckeyes claimed their 35th overall win of 2018. Ohio State has had four 35-win seasons under Beals.
  • Ohio State improves to 59-45 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes improve to 4-4 all-time vs. the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Cowles extended his hit streak to 12 straight games and Foppe pushed his hit streak to nine games.
  • Reached base streaks: Cowles (13), Foppe (12) and McGowan (4).
  • Foppe tied his career high with three hits.
  • Multi-hit games: McGowan (29), Foppe (19) and Coolen (5).
  • Feltner struck out six today and hit the 200th strikeout milestone in his career.
  • Kinker made his 106th career appearance today (school record).
  • Kinker tallied his 14th save of the season and 23rd of his career. His 14 saves ranks tied for third in OSU single-season history.
  • Carpenter stole his first base of his career today.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK

  • Elimination game but the boys were loose for the 9 a.m. start. The dugout was alive. A couple guys stood out, senior Kyle Michalik and sophomore Andrew Magno. They were seen wearing what looked like a headset made out of athletic tape and a paper cup. Play call? Omaha! Omaha! What a zoo. Check out our twitter or Instagram page for the video of the fake headset the boys had on during Coach Beals’ in-game interview: @OhioState_BASE.
  • It was hot and humid. The field temperature rose up to almost 100 degrees by the final pitch. Seth Kinker, who did postgame interviews, was completely drenched in sweat after the game. He may need a new hat he said, but the OSU SID mentioned, don’t mess with the winning ways, keep the hat. Plus it’s supposed to be 97 degrees on Friday. Hydrate boys, hydrate. Looking for more magic from Omaha tomorrow.