April 16, 2017
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team won, 13-8, in the series finale at Michigan State Sunday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 15-21 overall and 4-8 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans fall to 20-12 overall and 5-4 in conference action. The Buckeye bats sprayed a season-high 21 hits across the diamond en route to the road win on getaway day.
“We’ve been working offensively to be productive and have battled hard,” head coach Greg Beals said. “The thing I liked about today, seven of the 21 hits were on the back side of the field. We stayed on the ball and hit the other way. That’s quality hitting and that’s something we need to continue to do.”
Freshman Dominic Canzone went 4-for-6 with a run scored, double, triple, three RBI and two stolen bases. Junior Tre’ Gantt was 3-for-6 with three runs scored, double and stolen base. Senior co-captain Jalen Washington was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI and fifth-year senior Shea Murray was 1-for-4 with two runs scored, home run, walk and two RBI. Sophomore Andrew Fishel recorded his first career three-hit game in his first start of the season. Sophomore Brady Cherry was 3-for-6 with two runs scored, two RBI, double and home run. Freshman Conner Pohl and sophomore Jacob Barnwell also had two-hit days at the dish. Every Buckeye starter in the lineup had a hit, while eight of the nine scored at least one run.
SOLID START BY CALVERT
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Reece Calvert had a strong outing today vs. the Spartans. After allowing a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, the native of Plano, Texas, retired 15 batters in a row in his second win of the season. He worked 5.1 innings and allowed three hits, four runs with three strikeouts and two walks to improve to 2-0 on the year.
BUCKEYES GRAB THE EARLY LEAD
Washington recorded the first lead-off home run of the year for the Buckeyes with his fifth long ball of the season vs. MSU starter Andrew Gonzalez. After a double by Gantt, Bo Coolen pushed him around on a ground out to second for the 2-0 advantage.
SPARTANS KNOT THE SCORE
Michigan State tied the game at 2-all in the bottom of the second when Dan Durkin homered down the right field line.
OHIO STATE RETAKES THE LEAD
Washington continued to swing a hot bat in the top of the second when he hit a single through the left side to score Pohl. Fishel and Pohl both singled to start the momentum vs. Gonzalez. The Scarlet and Gray extended their lead to three runs in the top of the fourth with back-to-back RB doubles by Cherry and Canzone.
Ohio State went ahead, 7-2, in the top of the fifth when Murray blasted his first career home run with a two-run shot over the fence in right field.
MORE RUNS IN THE FIFTH
The scoring was just getting started from Kobs Field. Ohio State totaled six runs in the fifth. After the Murray blast, Canzone ripped a two-run single vs. right-handed reliever Nathan Witt to push the score to 9-2. RBI singles by Coolen and Jacob Barnwell made it a nine-run contest.
SPARTANS CUT THE LEAD
Michigan State scored three runs in the sixth on a three-run home run by Durkin and made it a five-run game after a two-out RBI double by Robbie Jones. The Green and White had two RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 12-8 contest.
After Murray scored the 12th run of the game on an MSU error in the eighth, Cherry launched his fourth home run of the year in the top of the ninth for the 13th and final run of the contest.
TO THE BULLPEN
Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis threw 0.2 innings on one run with one hit, while right-handed Kyle Michalik tossed 0.2 innings on one run with two hits and one strikeout. Left-handed pitcher Joe Stoll allowed one walk and right-handed reliever Seth Kinker threw 2.1 scoreless innings on three hits, two runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
Ohio State will host Northern Kentucky at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.