May 20, 2017

Ohio State Concludes 2017 Season

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May 20, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 4-3, against Indiana Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes finish the 2017 season with a 22-34 overall record and 8-16 mark in conference action.

SENIOR DAY
Ohio State recognized its 2016 senior class before first pitch vs. the Hoosiers. Fifth-year seniors Shea Murray (Defiance, Ohio), Jake Post (Chesterton, Ind.), Zach Ratcliff (Blacklick, Ohio) and Joe Stoll (Westlake, Ohio), senior Jalen Washington (Twinsburg, Ohio) and senior student manager Caleb Huth (Pickerington, Ohio) were honored down the third base line along with their families on a sunny and stormy day in Columbus. The Ohio State senior class won 166 games, including 83 wins at Bill Davis Stadium. The group led the Buckeyes to the program’s ninth Big Ten Tournament title and 20th NCAA tournament appearance in school history during the 2016 campaign.

TEAMS TRADE RUNS IN THE FIRST
Indiana knocked two hits for one run in the top of the first. Logan Sowers doubled to right center for the 1-0 advantage. Ohio State struck back with a sac fly by Dominic Canzone with runners on the corners. Tre’ Gantt doubled before a bunt single by Jalen Washington.

INDIANA REGAINS THE LEAD
The Hoosiers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second when Jeremy Houston singled to right center on a 0-1 count. A miss communication play on a pop-up allowed a runner to reach before the two-out single by Houston.

WEATHER DELAY
Severe weather in the Columbus area halted play at 12:38 p.m. ET with two outs in the bottom of the second. The game was delayed for one hour and five minutes.

CHANCE IN THE SIXTH
The Buckeyes had runners on the corners and one down vs. IU starter Cal Krueger, but failed to score a run. Washington singled and Cherry roped a line drive to right center for the first and third situation. However, a strikeout retired the second out before Conner Pohl hit a screamer right at shortstop Houston to strand both runners on a fielder’s choice.

INDIANA SCORES IN THE SEVENTH
The Hoosiers tacked on a run in the seventh when Matt Lloyd cracked a double off the wall in left to score Houston. A wild pitch plated a second IU in the inning.

HOME RUN ON SENIOR DAY
It was a pretty cool moment in the bottom of the eighth. On a 1-2 pitch, Washington crushed a two-run home run off left-handed reliever B.J. Sabol to cut the deficit to one run, hitting his seventh home run of the season on Senior Day in his last at-bat as a Buckeye. The home run ball was found and flipped up to Jalen’s mother, Barbara, who did not miss a game all year.  

ON THE MOUND
Right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker worked 6.2 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk to fall to 3-1 on the year. Left-handed pitcher Joe Stoll made his final appearance in the Scarlet and Gray and worked 0.2 innings and had one walk. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning recorded the final two outs of the top of the eighth. Right-handed pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeout.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State moves to 161-116 all-time vs. the Hoosiers.
  • Ohio State finishes the 2017 home schedule with a 9-17 record.
  • Cherry made his first career start at second base.
  • Washington started for the third time at catcher.
  • Washington finished with 118 career hits in 123 career starts. Washington finished the season with a team-high 20 multi-hit games.
  • Gantt scored his team-high 45th run and 79th of his career. He finished with 13 doubles in 2017. He also led the team with 62 hits this spring.
  • Gantt’s 40 walks this season tied for 14th on the OSU single-season list.
  • Reached base streaks: Washington (11), Gantt (9), Canzone (9), Cherry (6) and Coolen (4),
  • Hit steaks extended: Gantt (9), Washington (3) and Cherry (3).
  • Multi-hit games: Washington (20) and Gantt (19).
  • Multi-RBI games: Washington (9).
  • Washington and Ratcliff tied for the home run lead in 2017 with seven home runs.