March 10, 2018

Ohio State Falls in Doubleheader Saturday

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March 10, 2018

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CONWAY, S.C. – The Ohio State baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader Saturday at the 2018 Environmental Staffing Chanticleer Classic in Conway, S.C. The Buckeyes (8-6) dropped an 8-4 contest against High Point in game one and suffered a walk-off loss against No. 21 Coastal Carolina, 10-8, in game two in front of 1,753 fans at Springs Brooks Stadium.

QUOTE FROM COACH
“It’s been my message all week, we’re close,” head coach Greg Beals said. “But we’re not there. We’ve got to find a way to thrive in critical situations on defense. We seem to be handling ourselves offensively. We continued that today. We need to be tougher on defense and make that pitch when we need it and make that play when we need it. We’re playing six games in six days and we need to do a better job of supporting our pitching staff.”

GAME 1: HIGH POINT 4, OHIO STATE 8
A big error in the top of the seventh came back to bite the Buckeyes as High Point won, 8-4, in game one from Conway. Two runs scored on a fielding error to put the Panthers up, 6-3. High Point got two more insurance runs in the ninth to seal the win.

IN THE BOX SCORE
Noah McGowan went 3-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles and RBI and Dominic Canzone was 2-for-5 with a double. Dillon Dingler launched his first career homer too. Brady Cherry had a pair of hits and run scored.  Yianni Pavlopoulos received the loss, throwing five innings and allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

MCGOWAN KEEPS SWINGING
The Big Ten leader in RBI, and top 10 in the country, McGowan continued to produce runs for the Buckeyes right from the start of first pitch vs. the Panthers. He pulled a 3-2 pitch down the left field line to score the first run of the game. Brady Cherry touched home plate.

FIRST COLLEGIATE DINGER
The second inning was a memorable one for No. 10. Dingler, from Massillon, Ohio, crushed the first pitch he saw vs. High Point starter Andrew Gottfried deep over the wall in left for his first collegiate homer. It went 427 feet. The dugout had some fun with the rookie, giving him the silent treatment as he made it back to the bench after his memorable long ball.

PANTHERS TAKE THE LEAD
High Point scored two runs in the fourth to even it back up. A RBI double by Blake Schunk scored the first run before Tanner Wells pushed home a run on a ground out. In the fifth, the Panthers manufactured their first lead of the game following a lead-off single, sac bunt, ground out and RBI single.  A solo home run by Joe Johnson made it a 4-2 game in the sixth.

BIG AT-BAT BY COWLES CUTS DEFICIT
Cowles, from Grove City, Ohio, worked a nine-pitch at-bat against HPU reliever Rion Murray before pulling a 3-2 pitch down the left field line to score McGowan, who hit a double earlier in the inning.

MISCUE COSTLY IN THE SEVENTH
The Panthers made it 6-3 in the top of the seventh when a throwing error with two outs allowed two runs to score. The Panthers knocked three base hits vs. the OSU bullpen to set up the scoring play.

BACK WITHIN TWO
Cherry had an infield single in the top of the seventh to push Malik Jones around to make it a two-run deficit, 6-4.

HIGH POINT ADDS INSURANCE
The Panther got to the bullpen in the ninth, scoring two runs on two hits. An infield single back at the mound was connected with a RBI double down the right field line for the first run. A fielder’s choice with the bases loaded pushed home the eighth HPU run.

BULLPEN TALK
Right-handed reliever Austin Woodby tossed the next innings 2.0 innings and allowed up three runs, one earned, on five hits with no walks. Andrew Magno tossed 0.2 innings and walked one. Thomas Waning gave up one run on one hit in 0.1 innings of relief work. Curtiss Irving pitched the final inning and gave up one run with one walk and one strikeout.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State moves to 1-1 all-time vs. High Point.
  • Dingler knocked his first career home run. He also threw out two runners in the game.
  • McGowan drove in his 22nd RBI. He came into the weekend leading the Big Ten in RBI.
  • Canzone picked up his first outfield assist of the year to record the first out in the top of the seventh. Ohio State has five outfield assists through 13 games.
  • Multi-hit games: McGowan (8), Canzone (6) and Cherry (5).
  • Ohio State left eight on base, while High Point stranded nine.

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— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) March 10, 2018

GAME 2: OHIO STATE 8, NO. 21 COASTAL CAROLINA 10
The Ohio State bats continued to launch baseballs around the diamond and out of the ball park as the team hit four home runs, but fell to No. 21 Coastal Carolina, 10-8, on a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth during the nightcap of the doubleheader. Seth Lancaster claimed the win with a walk-off homer off Ohio State reliever Jake Vance to help the Chanticleers improve to 12-4 in 2018.

IN THE BOX SCORE
Nate Romans launched two home runs with three RBI, while Dominic Canzone had a pair of hits with two RBI and a home run. Tyler Cowles went 3-fo-4 with three runs scored, double, home run and RBI. Vance received the loss to drop to 0-1 on the year. He pitched well, striking out four in 2.1 innings of relief work, allowing two runs on hone hit with one walk.

ROMANS DIGS THE LONG BALL
Down 1-0, Romans came up to the plate in the top of second and got the Buckeyes the lead with one swing of the bat. He sent a 2-2 pitch out of the yard in right and into the parking lot at Springs Brooks.

COASTAL REGAINS THE LEAD
The Chanticleers scored four runs on four hits in the third. After a lead-off homer by Zach Biermann, a RBI double strung together with back-to-back RBI singles made it a 5-2 game.

MIDDLE INNING SCORING PLAYS
Jacob Barnwell ripped a RBI double down the left field line to score Cowles in the top of the fourth. In the sixth, the Buckeyes went back-to-back when Cowles homered deep over the wall in left and Romans struck the first pitch he saw vs. Hopeck over the wall in left center.

COSTLY ERROR IN SIXTH
A dropped pop-up in the sixth inning led to two unearned runs in the inning as Coastal got back its three-run advantage, 8-5.

COMEBACK IN THE NINTH
Cowles doubled off the wall in left center to start the momentum. After a big double play by Coastal put the game within one out of ending, Canzone came up with the clutch swing, blasting an opposite field home run to left field, scoring Dingler, who got on base on a fielding error at second.

ON THE MOUND
Ohio State starting pitcher Ryan Feltner had a no decision in his fourth start of the year. He gave up six runs, five earned, on four strikeouts and three walks. Left-handed reliever Griffan Smith threw 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits with one walk.

WALK OFF FOR COASTAL
A one-out walk by Vance set up a 3-1 pitch for Lancaster who pulled a ball over the right field wall and into the OSU bullpen to end the game, 10-8.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State drops to 2-6 all-time vs. Coastal.
  • The Buckeyes blasted a season-high four home runs in the win. In all, the team had six extra-base hits.
  • Ohio State left three on base and Coastal stranded 11 runners.
  • The Buckeyes hit .333 (5-for-15) with two outs and .364 (4-for-11) with runners on base. In all, Ohio State had seven two-out RBI.
  • Romans hit his first two home runs of his OSU career tonight. He set career highs in hits (2), runs scored (2), home runs (2) and RBI (3).
  • Tyler Cowles extended his career-high hit streak to 10 straight games. He has two homers on the weekend. He had his third three-hit game of 2018.
  • Canzone also launched his second home run in two days. Canzone has seven multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games.
  • The Buckeyes hit back-to-back home runs for the first time since the 2016 campaign (Ronnie Dawson and Brady Cherry at UNLV, March 13, 2016).

UP NEXT
Ohio State concludes play at the Environmental Staffing Chanticleer Classic at 11 a.m. ET Sunday against No. 21 Coastal Carolina. Right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer gets the ball for the boys.

RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALL PARK

  • Warmer today for the doubleheader. Both press box windows were wide open. Feel that Carolina breeze. You could smell the food from the concession stand below, hear the OSU fans talk about their seafood dinners from the night before and listen to the ultimate country BP playlist from the concourse speakers in crystal quality.
  • The bat dog is a fan-favorite at the concession stand at Springs Brooks Stadium. It didn’t disappoint besides the mustard spilling all over the OSU SID’s shorts in the top of the fifth in game one. A delicious mess.
  • Don’t request “Carolina In My Mind” by James Taylor at the ball park. It’s actually the unofficial state anthem for North Carolina. Woops.
  • OSU alums are everywhere and there was a special one in attendance at the game vs. Coastal today. Don Gesick, President of Environmental Staffing, official sponsor of the tournament, graduated from The Ohio State University.
  • There were a lot of fans for game two, obviously, as the boys faced tournament-host Coastal. A lot of teal, white and black shirts throughout the park. Not just that though. Looking around, you could also see a lot of Scarlet and Gray. Coastal SID Mike Cawood called them, “halfbacks”, Buckeye fans making a stop in the Carolinas on their way back north to the Buckeye state as spring draws closer (our home opener is in just six days!).
  • You could hear a rhythmic chant in the stands from a young Chanticleer fan as each CCU hitter stepped in the batter’s box. The ten-year old, named Aiden, would say to each CCU batter, “Let’ go….so and so.” Every hitter. Didn’t miss one of the 46 CCU at-bats. The ultimate fan. He stood the entire game chanting. Dad was sitting.

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— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) March 10, 2018