COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 13-8, against Campbell Wednesday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 31-16 overall and Campbell improved to 27-20 in 2018. Senior left fielder Tyler Cowles led the Buckeyes at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore third baseman Conner Pohl was 3-for-5 with a home run and sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone was 2-for-4 with a run scored, walk and two doubles.
– Campbell took an early lead for the second straight day, scoring two in the first and one in the second and one in the fourth for a 4-2 advantage after four. Jeff Hahs hit a two-run homer in the first and Matthew Barefoot had a RBI single in the second. In the fourth, an infield single scored the fourth run.
– Cowles drove in a run on a grounder in the first and hit his fifth homer of the year when he launched a deep solo shot around the left field foul line to make it a two-run deficit.
– Campbell scored three more times on a three hits and one OSU error in the fifth. Tyler Anshaw had a two-run triple in the top.
– Ohio State starting pitcher Jake Vance lasted three innings and gave up three runs on three hits with four walks and one strikeout. He falls to 3-2. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waningallowed four runs on five hits with one strikeout in two innings. Campbell left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth stanzas. Right-handed reliever Curtiss Irving worked two innings and gave up one run on one hit with three strikeouts. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno struck out two in a scoreless seventh. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltnerallowed five runs on two hits with one walk in 0.1 innings. Right-handed reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos recorded the final two outs of the top of the ninth and gave up one hit and walked one and struck out one.
– Dillon Dingler scored Cowles in the sixth with a sac fly. Cowles doubled to start the inning.
– After a 30-minute weather delay, the Buckeyes plated three runs on two hits and one Campbell error in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Camel lead to two runs. With the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Malik Jones had a RBI single before a wild pitch allowed Conner Pohl to score. Bo Coolen sent a sac fly to left to make it an 8-6 contest.
– The Camels added insurance in the top of the ninth scoring five highlighted by a grand slam by Christian Jones.
– Pohl hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
– Campbell starting pitcher Phil Simpson pitched five innings and gave up three runs on nine hits with one walk to improve to 1-1 on the year.
Ohio State concludes the 2018 home schedule with Purdue Friday-Sunday. The Big Ten series vs. the Boilermakers marks the fourth straight week the Buckeyes will battle a Top 5 league opponent. Friday is First Responders Night with postgame fireworks. The middle game Saturday will be Alumni Day and Senior Day is set for Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
– Newly hired Ohio State men’s soccer coach Brian Maisonneuve threw out the first pitch before the game today. Head coach Greg Beals caught for Maisonneuve, who fired in a firm pitch into the catcher’s glove of No. 9. Mais has an arm too! The former U.S. National Team and Columbus member returns to the Buckeye state after eight seasons at Indiana University as an assistant on the Hoosier men’s soccer team.
– We had our first home weather delay of the year at 5:14 p.m. ET Wednesday due to lightning north of campus. Larry “Mother Nature” Romanoff was seen pacing between the fourth and fifth innings. Something was up. In the clouds. Nearby. The seasoned-veteran event manager stopped the game heading into the bottom of the seventh. But just over 30 minutes later, we were safely cleared to get back to baseball. That never happens by the way.
– Great weather expected for a big weekend of college baseball at Bill Davis Stadium Friday through Sunday. See you to cheer on the boys against the Boilermakers.